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October 2017 meeting

Our regular Toronto Branch meetings start up again this month. We hope you will join us on Monday 23 October for our first fall 2017 meeting, starting at 7:30 pm at Eglinton St George’s United Church at 35 Lytton Blvd in North Toronto (in the Sanctuary).

Reference librarian Kathy Hartley will be our featured speaker at the October meeting. In Toronto’s Massey Family: A Story Told Through Postal History, Kathy will share how she was able to uncover the story of three generations of a famous Canadian philanthropic family by using old envelopes, post cards and other postal materials. Join us to find out how to draw on postal history in your own genealogy research!

Image of stamped envelope marked with Massey Manufacturing Co logo

Envelope from Massey Manufacturing Co postmarked September 1883. Image courtesy of the Vincent Graves Greene Philatelic Research Foundation.

After our mid-meeting break, take part in a question and answer session with Branch member Elizabeth Kaegi and special guest Malcolm C. Kronby, J.D., Q.C. on Estate Planning for the Genealogist with a Focus on Digital Assets.

As usual, the Members Network will be gathering in advance of the main meeting from 6:15 on in the Eglinton Room. All Branch members are welcome to join in and share their family history experiences and questions in an informal setting.

Eglinton St George’s is located a block west of Yonge Street between Eglinton and Lawrence Avenues—a short bus-ride or a reasonable walking distance from either the Eglinton or Lawrence subway station. If you’re driving, there is some local street parking and there are also three “Green P” parking lots close by.

Toronto Branch meetings are free to attend and all are welcome. For details, visit our Meetings page.

New directions for your Scottish research

Our first fall workshop of 2017 is just a few weeks away. On Saturday October 28, we’ll be spending a full day exploring fresh local and digital resources for Scottish genealogy. This is your chance to learn how to take your Scottish research to the next level!

Old blacksmith's buildings at Gretna GreenBranch expert James F.S. Thomson will lead this workshop, titled “Researching Scottish Family History from the GTA—New Directions“, supported by Irena Lewycka, local history and genealogy librarian at the Toronto Reference Library. The day will include five different plenary sessions, all in the Reference Library’s Beeton Hall, addressing a range of new and under-appreciated resources as well as new strategies for finding out about your Scottish ancestors and the lives they led.

We are still accepting registrations but spaces are filling up quickly. Please note that OGS members are entitled to a fee discount. Find out more about the day’s program and speakers, and register online now.

Registration is also open for our special Canada 150 workshop, “Kanata to Canada–A Journey through Time“, coming up on Saturday November 18. But the early bird registration deadline is fast approaching. You’ll save on the workshop fees if you sign up by October 21.

Toronto Branch Meetings

Oct
23
Mon
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[...]
Nov
27
Mon
7:30 pm Great Moments in Genealogy
Great Moments in Genealogy
Nov 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Great Moments in Genealogy @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
In keeping with tradition, eleven Toronto Branch members will be sharing “great moments” in their family history research in a series of short presentations as follows: Beth Adams: More Betts Houses. Patricia Blackstock: Travelling Through Town,[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Oct
28
Sat
9:00 am Scottish Family History from the...
Scottish Family History from the...
Oct 28 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Scottish Family History from the GTA:  New Directions @ Toronto Reference Library, Beeton Hall | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
A FULL DAY WORKSHOP Jointly sponsored by Toronto Branch 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 and soon-to-be-released resources[...]
Nov
10
Fri
6:15 pm Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Nov 10 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This course is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library, and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. The course will be on three Fridays: November 10, 17, & 24,[...]
Nov
18
Sat
9:00 am Kanata to Canada – A Journey thr...
Kanata to Canada – A Journey thr...
Nov 18 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Kanata to Canada - A Journey through Time @ Eglinton St George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
A FULL DAY WORKSHOP Saturday, November 18, 2017: Eglinton St George’s United Church Sponsored by the Toronto Branch OGS Join us in our special Canada 150 event as we explore the legacy of records our[...]
Dec
9
Sat
11:00 am TRL Special Collections Centre Tour
TRL Special Collections Centre Tour
Dec 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
TRL Special Collections Centre Tour @ Toronto Reference Library, 5th 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. Marilyn & Charles Baillie Special Collections Centre Tour: The emphasis of this tour[...]

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 findmypast.com at special rates?