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January 2017 Meeting

Happy New Year! Our first Toronto Branch meeting of 2017 will take place on Monday 23 January starting at 7:30 pm at Eglinton St George’s United Church at 35 Lytton Blvd in North Toronto (in the Sanctuary), and will feature a presentation on The Ontario Historical County Maps Project.

1878 map of King TownshipSpeakers Joan Winearls and Marcel Fortin will tell us about this major new project to index and display the names of landowners on Confederation-era county maps of the province. We’ll learn about the maps themselves, and their importance in understanding rural settlement in 19th-century Ontario, as well as the methods used in this project and potential future enhancements.

After our mid-meeting break, we’ll have an additional short presentation by Branch member Ann Rexe titled Bryanston (Ontario) Cheese Factory – Finding Records 1880-1900.

Please note that the Members Network will be gathering before the main meeting (beginning at 6:15) in the Eglinton Room.  All Branch members are welcome to participate and share experiences with others pursuing their family history research! And be sure to drop by our information tables to find out about the winter semester of Branch courses, volunteer opportunities and other Branch news.

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.

To find out more about future Branch meetings, please visit our Meetings page or browse through our Calendar.

Winter 2017 Courses

The holiday season is almost here… and so is a new season of learning with Toronto Branch! Here’s a quick look at what we have lined up for our winter 2017 term…

If you’ve taken an autosomal DNA test and are wondering what your next steps should be, be sure to sign up for our three-week Introduction to Genetic Genealogy course with instructor Linda Reid on Tuesday evenings in January. You’ll learn how to use genetic evidence to confirm and expand your family tree.

Would you like to learn how to locate estate files and mine the valuable clues they can contain? Consider joining instructor Jane E. MacNamara for Hands-on Records of Inheritance, a three-session course at the Archives of Ontario on Thursday evenings in January and February. Sharpen your research skills with expert guidance.

New to genealogy? Or feeling a little rusty? Don’t miss our fast-paced Introduction to Genealogy and Family History on Saturday March 25. Linda Reid will review essential record types and techniques for researching your ancestors.

And that’s not all… We’ve also arranged three guided tours of key Toronto repositories.

View from main floor of City of Toronto Archives

City of Toronto Archives

We’ll be spending two Thursday afternoons at the Toronto Reference Library — on January 19, we’ll be visiting the Genealogy Collection, and, on  February 23, we’ll be exploring the Marilyn & Charles Baillie Special Collections Centre. Then, on Tuesday March 21, we’re planning a full day at the City of Toronto Archives. These tours are free, but space is limited, so you will need to register in advance.

We are now accepting registrations for all of the above courses and tours. Visit our Learn with Toronto Branch pages for program details and to sign up online.

Toronto Branch Meetings

Jan
23
Mon
7:30 pm County Maps Project
County Maps Project
Jan 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
County Maps Project @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
The Ontario Historical County Maps Project Speakers: Joan Winearls & Marcel Fortin This talk will describe a major new mapping and indexing project of the names of landowners on the county maps of Ontario issued[...]
Feb
27
Mon
7:30 pm 19th Century English Gardeners, ...
19th Century English Gardeners, ...
Feb 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
19th Century English Gardeners, Horticulturalists, & Nurserymen @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Ellen Maki Today many of us think of gardening as a pleasurable pastime, but in the nineteenth century it was a profession in which many men and women were employed. While researching her family,[...]
Mar
27
Mon
7:30 pm What Lies Beneath
What Lies Beneath
Mar 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
What Lies Beneath @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Sherilyn L. Bell, BSc UE This lecture will provide an overview of a genealogy covering the early 1900s.  The subjects are not relatives of the speaker.  What started as a brief distraction from regular[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Jan
26
Thu
5:00 pm Hands-on Records of Inheritance
Hands-on Records of Inheritance
Jan 26 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hands-on Records of Inheritance @ Archives of Ontario | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This course is jointly sponsored by the Archives of Ontario and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. The course will be on three Thursdays: January 26, February 2, & 9, 2017 Registration is required.  Registration[...]
Feb
23
Thu
2:00 pm TRL Special Collections Centre Tour
TRL Special Collections Centre Tour
Feb 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
TRL Special Collections Centre Tour @ Toronto Reference Library, 5th Floor | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This tour is jointly sponsored by the Marilyn & Charles Baillie Special Collections Centre at the Toronto Reference Library, the Toronto Public Library, and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society.         This course[...]
Mar
21
Tue
10:00 am Toronto City Archives Tour
Toronto City Archives Tour
Mar 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Toronto City Archives Tour @ City of Toronto Archives | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This full day tour is jointly sponsored by the City of Toronto Archives and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. Registration required.  Registration is now open. Do you have Toronto ancestors?  Where did they live? [...]
Mar
25
Sat
10:00 am Introduction to Genealogy and Fa...
Introduction to Genealogy and Fa...
Mar 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Introduction to Genealogy and Family History @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
A HALF-DAY COURSE ON SATURDAY MARCH 25 FROM 10AM TO 4PM INCLUDING A 1-HOUR LUNCH BREAK This course is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library, the Toronto[...]

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?