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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

Jan
25
Mon
7:30 pm Becoming a Genealogy N.I.N.J.A.
Becoming a Genealogy N.I.N.J.A.
Jan 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Becoming a Genealogy N.I.N.J.A. @ WEBINAR | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
All genealogists have hit a brick wall at one point or another. For the new researcher this can be a painful and frustrating experience. Using sound genealogical research methodology is the first step in overcoming[...]
Feb
22
Mon
7:30 pm Using Evernote for Genealogy
Using Evernote for Genealogy
Feb 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Are you afraid to close your browser for fear of losing something important? Ever filed something away carefully on your computer in a folder never to see it again? Is your desktop a mass of[...]
Mar
22
Mon
7:30 pm HMS Speedy: Tragedy and Mystery
HMS Speedy: Tragedy and Mystery
Mar 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
HMS Speedy: Tragedy and Mystery @ WEBINAR | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
The presentation “HMS Speedy: Tragedy and Mystery” will outline the true Canadian history story of the British gunboat, HMS Speedy, that disappeared in a storm near Presqu’ile Point in October 1804, with the loss of[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Jan
14
Thu
7:30 pm Understanding Ontario Land Regis...
Understanding Ontario Land Regis...
Jan 14 @ 7:30 pm – Jan 28 @ 9:00 pm
Understanding Ontario Land Registry Records @ THREE-SESSION ONLINE COURSE | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
SOLD OUT! This course is now full.  To be put on a waiting list for our next course please email us at torontocourses@ogs.on.ca Three-session online course: January 14, 21 and 28, 2021 $30 OGS members[...]
Mar
17
Wed
3:00 pm Understanding Ontario’s Crown La...
Understanding Ontario’s Crown La...
Mar 17 @ 3:00 pm
Understanding Ontario's Crown Land Records @ THREE-SESSION ONLINE COURSE | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Three-session online course: 3:00 pm to about 4:30 pm March 17, 24 and 31, 2021 $30 OGS members / $35 non-members This online course will focus on the process involved in acquiring (or attempting to[...]
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