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May 2018 meeting and AGM

Our next Toronto Branch meeting will take place on Monday 28 May starting at 7:30 pm at Lansing United Church at Poyntz Avenue and Beecroft Road in North York.

We’ll begin with our Annual General Meeting, when we’ll take stock of Branch accomplishments and challenges over the past year, share priorities for the year ahead and elect the Branch Executive Committee for 2018-2019.

Canada during World War One will be the topic of our featured presentation at the May meeting. In From Storefront to Home Front: Memories of Eaton’s at War, two Museum Studies Master’s graduates, Anthony Badame and Stephanie Sukhareva, will tell us how they have turned original genealogical and archival research into an interactive and inspiring historical walking tour. We’ll learn about the role of the Eaton family in the war effort at home, and the profound effects of their involvement on Eaton’s employees and Toronto as a whole.

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

Lansing United Church is a short walk from the Sheppard-Yonge subway station (look for the exit to Poyntz Avenue). Parking on local streets is free after 6:00 p.m and there are pay parking options nearby. Please leave the few spaces in the church parking lot for members with accessibility needs.

Toronto Branch meetings are free to attend and open to all. Visit our Meetings page to find out more.

Note: Our April meeting of Toronto Branch was cancelled at the last minute due to the unfolding “van attack” tragedy on nearby Yonge Street. We are making arrangements to reschedule Sam Allison’s presentation on the soldier-settlers of the 78th Fraser’s Highlanders for a future date.

1923 postcard of the Eaton's Main Store in Toronto

1923 postcard of the Eaton’s Main Store in Toronto. By T. Eaton Co. Ltd. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Toronto Research Tip: Biographical sources

When it comes to putting flesh on the bones of your genealogical research, a great place to start is by seeking out any accounts of your ancestor’s life that may already have been written. Toronto family historians are in luck because we have several sources of compiled biographies and biographical indexes to draw on. These include the Biographical Card Index at Toronto Reference Library as well as an extensive collection of obituaries compiled by Library staff.

Find out more about the resources available to help you on our Biographical Sources page.

Portrait of E.J. Lennox

Photo of Toronto architect Edward James Lennox, featured among the biographical sketches in Vol. 1, History of Toronto and the County of York, Ontario (2 vols.). C. Blackett Robinson: Toronto, 1885.

Toronto Branch Meetings

May
28
Mon
7:30 pm From Storefront to Home Front
From Storefront to Home Front
May 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
From Storefront to Home Front @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
FROM STOREFRONT TO HOME FRONT: MEMORIES OF EATON’S AT WAR Speakers: Anthony Badame & Stephanie Sukhareva Join Museum Studies masters graduates Anthony and Stephanie as they discuss their process of turning original genealogical and archival research into[...]
Jun
25
Mon
7:30 pm Yes, There Was An Argument!
Yes, There Was An Argument!
Jun 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Yes, There Was An Argument! @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
YES, THERE WAS AN ARGUMENT! Speaker: Bonnie Bell Godfrey Addison Argument, known as Ed, was born in Toronto, August 28, 1921, and died in Belgium on September 17th, 1944 at the age of 23 after[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Jun
4
Mon
8:30 am Genealogy Summer Camp
Genealogy Summer Camp
Jun 4 @ 8:30 am – Jun 8 @ 6:00 pm
Genealogy Summer Camp @ Various Toronto libraries and archives
Note: Genealogy Summer Camp 2018 is now fully booked. A five-day, hands-on program for family historians with Ontario roots. Designed mainly for out-of-towners, this unique program takes researchers to different archives and libraries each day.[...]

Other Events

Aug
8
Wed
7:30 pm The 2018 Toronto History Lecture
The 2018 Toronto History Lecture
Aug 8 @ 7:30 pm
The 2018 Toronto History Lecture @ City of Toronto Archives | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
BATTLE OF THE HUMBER: CANADIAN CYCLISTS AND BASIC TRAINING IN TORONTO, 1914–1916 Speaker Ted Glenn will draw on his forthcoming book on Canada’s Great War Cyclists when he presents the eighth annual Toronto History Lecture.[...]

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?