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Winter learning at Toronto Branch

Toronto Branch has arranged two exciting online learning events to brighten these last weeks of winter.

In February, we’re offering a two-part course on how to decipher old handwriting. Not sure whether that squiggle is a letter or just a flourish? Can’t make out a crucial name in an old family document? Help is on the way. Join us for Tips and Tricks for Reading Old Handwriting, led by genealogist and former director of the world-renowned FamilySearch Library in Salt Lake City, Diane C. Loosle.  

This course will run via Zoom on two consecutive Thursday evenings—February 15 and 22. The cost for the full course is $25, or $20 for OGS members. Once you’re registered, you’ll have the opportunity to submit a handwriting puzzle from your own research for expert assistance!

In March, our focus shifts to researching Home Children. For decades, beginning in the 1860s, boys and girls from the United Kingdom were relocated to Canada and elsewhere, and many passed through Toronto, the largest receiving centre for Home Children in the country. The longtime President of Home Children Canada, and the daughter of a Home Child herself, Lori Oschefski, will present British Home Children in Canada’s History, a webinar exploring the history of these young migrants and resources for researching their family connections.

This webinar will take place via Zoom on the evening of Wednesday March 13. The cost is $15, or just $10 for OGS members. 

Both the February course and the March webinar will be recorded and archived for a limited time for those who are unable to attend live. Space is limited, so sign up early to ensure a spot.

Click here to find out more and register for Reading Old Handwriting beginning February 15.

Click here to find out more and register for British Home Children on March 13.

handwritten register
Report of Inspection of Home Children, 1875. Archives of Ontario, RG 11-7.