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Toronto Branch—50 years young!

This is a special anniversary year for Toronto Branch. It has been a full 50 years since we became the very first Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society.

Thirty people joined the Branch in 1967, its inaugural year. We now have hundreds of members in Canada and countries around the world.

Over the decades, our volunteers have transcribed and indexed many thousands of gravestones, burial registers, war memorials, census records and tax assessment rolls; rallied to preserve heritage cemeteries and land records; offered top-notch learning and training for family historians; hosted cutting-edge genealogy conferences… and much much more.

We think that’s reason for a party!

Exterior of Osgoode Hall, Toronto

Members and guests are invited to an Anniversary Reception on Monday 25 September at historic Osgoode Hall. This will be an evening of fellowship and celebration of the achievements of Toronto Branch over the past 50 years, featuring a keynote address by Patty McGregor on her genealogical adventures after the discovery of a box of WWI letters at an auction sale. Attendees will enjoy an array of savoury finger food, a cash bar, a sweet table with coffee and tea to cap off the festivities… and a chance to win some fabulous door prizes!

Tickets must be purchased before 19 September – there will be no sales at the door. Buy your tickets now!

Please note that the Branch will not be meeting in September because of our golden anniversary event. Our first regular fall meeting will take place on Monday 23 October.

2017 Toronto History Lecture Series

To mark the sesquicentennial of Canada’s Confederation, this year’s Toronto History Lecture has been expanded to a special three-lecture series on consecutive Wednesday evenings in August.

On August 9, Bill Gladstone will reconstruct a “lost world” from a memorable 1910 photograph of what is now the intersection of Bay and Dundas, exploring the connections between the cluttered turn-of-the-century streetscape and the personalities, issues and events of the era.

On August 16, Gregory Klages will shine a light on the Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital Cemetery in Etobicoke and what the stories of the men, women and children buried there can tell us about the history of Toronto and the treatment of marginalized populations.

And, last but not least, on August 23, Joyce Munro will present the story of Yorkville in the 1890s, through the eyes of one house—Bloorview, a spacious single-family home owned by the Thomas M. Thomson family—as it embraced and weathered changing times.

photo montage

Left: Reconstructing a Lost World; centre: Forgetting and Remembering; right: Yorkville through a House’s Eyes

The 2017 Toronto History Lectures are dedicated to the memory of Jack and Jeannette Tyson, who made significant contributions to genealogy and family history as committed volunteers on Branch cemetery projects over many years.

Join us for one, two or all three talks at the recently renovated City of Toronto Archives.

These events are free to attend but registration is required and space is limited.

Visit our Toronto History Lecture page now to find out more.

50th Anniversary Reception

Toronto Branch Meetings

6:15 pm 50th Anniversary Reception
50th Anniversary Reception
Sep 25 @ 6:15 pm – 9:30 pm
50th Anniversary Reception @ Osgoode Hall (Convocation Hall, 2nd floor) | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Celebrate Toronto Branch’s anniversary with an evening of fellowship with current and past members, at historic Osgoode Hall. Purchase your tickets before September 19. Please note that there will be no September meeting because of[...]
7:30 pm Toronto’s Massey Family
Toronto’s Massey Family
Oct 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Toronto's Massey Family @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Toronto’s Massey Family: A Story Told Through Postal History Speaker: Kathy Hartley Kathy Hartley spent decades researching her own family history before becoming a reference librarian at a philatelic research foundation in Toronto. Once there her[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

2:00 pm Hands-On Library Edi...
Hands-On Library Edi...
Sep 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Hands-On Library Edition @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
  This course is on three Thursdays, September 7, 14 and 21, 2017. It is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library and Toronto Branch Ontario Genealogical Society Description:[...]
10:00 am TRL Genealogy Collection Tour
TRL Genealogy Collection Tour
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
TRL Genealogy Collection Tour @ Toronto Reference Library, 2nd Floor | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This tour is jointly sponsored by the Toronto Public Library and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. Registration is required.  Registration is now open. Genealogy Collection Tour at the Humanities & Social Science Department, Toronto Reference Library: Discover[...]
6:15 pm Basic Genealogy and Family History
Basic Genealogy and Family History
Oct 3 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Basic Genealogy and Family History @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This course is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Science Department at the Toronto Reference Library and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. This evening course is on 8 Tuesdays: October 3, 10, 17, 24,[...]
9:00 am Researching Scottish Family Hist...
Researching Scottish Family Hist...
Oct 28 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Researching Scottish Family History from the GTA:  New Directions @ Toronto Reference Library, Beeton Hall | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
  A FULL DAY WORKSHOP Jointly sponsored by the Toronto Branch of OGS and the Toronto Public Library Designed for those who have some experience of Scottish genealogy, this one-day event will show you newly available[...]

Other Events

7:30 pm Toronto History Lecture Series
Toronto History Lecture Series
Aug 9 @ 7:30 pm – Aug 23 @ 7:30 pm
Toronto History Lecture Series @ City of Toronto Archives | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
A SERIES OF THREE LECTURES TO MARK THE SESQUICENTENNIAL OF CANADA’S CONFEDERATION Wednesday 9 August, 7:30 pm Reconstructing a Lost World From a Photograph: Agnes and Terauley, ca 1910 Speaker: Bill Gladstone Wednesday 16 August,[...]

Did you know?

That Toronto Branch OGS has more than 600 members? That members get a discount on publications, and course and workshop registration fees? And that Toronto Branch belongs to the Federation of Genealogical Societies, which means our members can also subscribe to at special rates?