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February 2020 meeting

Our next Toronto Branch meeting will take place on Monday, February 24 starting at 7:30 pm at Lansing United Church in North York.

We’re looking forward to a fascinating presentation on York County and the Underground Railroad. In the mid-1990s, archaeologists searching for artifacts along the Yonge Street corridor dug up the remains of a cabin. Had they actually unearthed a secret hideout? What would draw fugitives escaping slavery to Richmond Hill? Join us as genealogist and librarian Guylaine Pétrin puts the pieces of this story together and explains how genealogy can help to solve archaeological and historical puzzles.

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After our mid-meeting break, Heather Ioannou will pick up on the same theme with a short talk to close out the evening, titled An Underground Railroad Extension?

The Members Network will be gathering as usual in advance of the main meeting, beginning at 6:15 p.m.—all Branch members are welcome, regardless of level of knowledge or area of interest.

Lansing United Church is located two blocks south-west of Sheppard and Yonge, at Poyntz Avenue and Beecroft Road (enter from Poyntz). It’s a short walk from the Sheppard-Yonge subway station, which also links to frequent bus service. If you are driving, parking on local streets is free after 6:00 p.m., and there are pay parking lots close by. The few spaces in the church parking lot are reserved for members with accessibility needs. Please note that doors open at 6:00 p.m. for the Members Network and at 7:00 p.m. for the main Branch meeting.

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

Stuck in your research?

Have you run into a roadblock with your Ontario research? Interested in the records held by a Toronto repository but can’t get there in person? The Toronto Branch Research Services team can help!

person's hand placing a jigsaw puzzle pieceOver the past year alone, our volunteers have answered dozens of enquiries, from the U.S., the U.K., Australia, New Zealand and Asia as well as Canada. We’ve provided advice on a mysterious great-grandfather who seemed to have disappeared without a trace, investigated a family story about a relative killed searching for gold, filled in gaps in the life of a once popular English entertainer who ended up in Toronto in the 1920s, tracked down newspaper reports on a tragic house fire, and compiled historical information and photos for an author interested in an early Toronto neighbourhood.

We can offer a search of our master database, limited research and record look-ups at Toronto resource centres and in online indexes, and expert consultations on brickwall strategies… all at reasonable rates. And our team is always happy to give you free advice and referrals to help you move forward with your research in any part of Ontario.

Do you have a question we can help you work on? Find out more on our Research Services page.

Toronto Branch Meetings

Mar
23
Mon
7:30 pm Records of Migration at the AO
Records of Migration at the AO
Mar 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Records of Migration at the AO @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
RECORDS OF MIGRATION AND SETTLEMENT AT THE ARCHIVES OF ONTARIO: Speaker: Jane E. MacNamara Since its founding, Ontario has been involved in supporting and promoting settlement. This lecture will look at the major groups of[...]
Apr
27
Mon
7:30 pm Closing the Loop
Closing the Loop
Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Closing the Loop @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
CLOSING THE LOOP: THE LONG JOURNEY TO RECONNECT WITH A UKRAINIAN FAMILY Speaker: Terry Maurice Researching Eastern European genealogy presents many daunting challenges to the family historian. Unfamiliarity with the languages, history and geography of[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Mar
25
Wed
6:30 pm Genealogy Resources in TPL’s Cat...
Genealogy Resources in TPL’s Cat...
Mar 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Genealogy Resources in TPL's Catalogue @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2020 Co-sponsored by Toronto Public Library. The Toronto Reference Library contains many excellent genealogy resources. This hands-on class will demonstrate how to use the Toronto Public Library’s online catalog to find items[...]
Apr
23
Thu
10:00 am TRL Genealogy Collection Tour
TRL Genealogy Collection Tour
Apr 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
TRL Genealogy Collection Tour @ Toronto Reference Library, 2nd Floor | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This tour is now full.  Please email us at torontocourses.ogs.on.ca to be put on the waiting list. TOUR OF THE GENEALOGY COLLECTION AT THE TORONTO REFERENCE LIBRARY Co-sponsored with the Humanities and Social Sciences Department[...]

OGS Conference & Family History Show, June 5 to 7, Hamilton

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Did you know?

That Toronto Branch OGS has more than 600 members? That members get a discount on course and workshop registration fees?