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Toronto goes to the polls… in 1841

1841 was also an election year in Toronto… It was the first ballot since the uniting of Upper and Lower Canada under one government, and one of the most bitterly contested in Canadian history. The election process, the violence that followed the voting, and the names of the people who were eligible to cast their votes are all carefully documented in The Great Contest for Responsible Government: The City of Toronto Poll Book of 1841, edited by the late Paul J. McGrath, and published by Toronto Branch in 2004.

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Toronto Branch members have been transcribing, indexing and publishing local records for more than half a century now. Branch publications, like The Great Contest, make it easier for both local researchers and researchers at a distance to access valuable genealogical information. Over the years, we’ve produced transcriptions and indexes to cemetery markers and burial records, church registers, and lists of names from directories, as well as some unique guides to genealogy research in Toronto and surrounding areas. We also carry a small selection of local histories and genealogical publications from other publishers—many out of print.

And now you can purchase Branch publications directly through our website. Our available inventory is small at the moment, but items are being added all the time. Visit our e-store now…

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Toronto Branch Meetings

Oct
26
Mon
7:30 pm Researching Imperial Soldiers
Researching Imperial Soldiers
Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Researching Imperial Soldiers @ WEBINAR | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Researching Imperial Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the First World War When the First World War broke out in August 1914, Canada was immediately involved as a Dominion of the British Empire. Tracing the history[...]
Nov
23
Mon
7:30 pm Great Moments in Genealogy
Great Moments in Genealogy
Nov 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Great Moments in Genealogy @ WEBINAR | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
In keeping with tradition, a number Toronto Branch members will be sharing “great moments” in their family history research in a series of short presentations. This year because of the global pandemic we are reaching[...]

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Oct
15
Thu
2:00 pm Understanding Ontario Land Regis...
Understanding Ontario Land Regis...
Oct 15 @ 2:00 pm – Oct 29 @ 3:30 pm
Understanding Ontario Land Registry Records @ THREE-SESSION ONLINE COURSE | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Three-session online course: October 15, 22 and 29. $30 OGS members / $35 non-members Despite the impending closure of Land Registry Offices, Ontario land registry records are becoming more available than ever before—particularly for researchers[...]
Nov
18
Wed
7:30 pm Wars and Rebels: Lecture Series
Wars and Rebels: Lecture Series
Nov 18 @ 7:30 pm – Nov 26 @ 9:00 pm
Wars and Rebels: Lecture Series @ FOUR 1-HOUR ONLINE LECTURES | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
19th and 20th Century Ontarians were involved in many conflicts, both international and domestic. Learn the background to these conflicts, the personalities involved and the records that can help you trace your ancestors. Were they[...]
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That Toronto Branch OGS has more than 500 members? That members get a discount on course and workshop registration fees?