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Campus memorials

Almost 450 more names have just been added to our For King and Country database of Toronto war memorials—this time from the University of Toronto’s downtown campus. These additions bring the total number of schools and other institutions in our database to 123, and the total number of names recorded to 47,679.

St. Michael’s College—officially the University of St. Michael’s College—is an undergraduate arts and sciences college at the U of T, with a postgraduate Roman Catholic theology faculty.  The college church, St. Basil’s on St. Joseph Street, dates back to 1856 and is the oldest building on the campus in continuous use. The names of 158 former St. Mike’s students who died in the two World Wars and the Korean War are inscribed on sandstone panels along the wall of a passageway between two of the college residence houses.

A few blocks west, on the corner of St. George Street and Hoskin Avenue, stands The Newman Club, one of many Catholic student centres worldwide inspired by the writings of Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890). The U of T’s Newman Club has been in its current location since 1922. Hanging in the Thomas Aquinas Church, or Newman Chapel, next door is an illuminated list commemorating the names of 289 Newman Club members who trained for service in World War II.

To search the names of the men and women listed on these memorials, and to learn more about the history of St. Mike’s and the Newman Club and the services they have offered Catholic students at the U of T over the years, visit our For King and Country website.

Engraving of St. Michael's College

St. Michael’s College and St. Basil’s Church. Photograph of engraving (1855). Toronto Public Library: E 8-130 Small

January 2019 meeting

The first of nine Toronto Branch meetings in 2019 will take place on Monday January 28 at Lansing United Church in North York beginning at 7:30 p.m.

A hundred years ago, the Spanish Flu took the lives of 50,000 Canadians in just over 18 months, and more than 50 million people worldwide. One in six Canadian households was hit by the Flu. Yet their stories are little known. Please join us for The Spanish Flu, Toronto’s / Canada’s Forgotten Pandemic, and find out from speaker Mike Clare where it began, how it spread and how the city and the country responded.

After our mid-meeting break, we’ll enjoy a short additional talk by Branch member Michael Nettleton titled What I Learned By Following The Monk From Buffalo.

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.

The Members Network will be gathering in advance of the main meeting from 6:15 on. All Branch members are welcome to join in for informal family history conversation.

Toronto Branch meetings are free to attend and open to all. Visit our Meetings page to find out more.children wearing protective face masks

Toronto Branch Meetings

Feb
25
Mon
7:30 pm Toronto’s Early Police Detectives
Toronto’s Early Police Detectives
Feb 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Ellen Maki Visiting the haunts of felons and searching pawn shops for stolen goods were some of the duties of Toronto’s Victorian police detectives. Who were the policemen who became detectives, and was their[...]
Mar
25
Mon
7:30 pm The Bachelorette New France
The Bachelorette New France
Mar 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Bachelorette New France @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
THE BACHELORETTE NEW FRANCE: Stories of Bigamy, Incest, Witchcraft and Murder Speakers: Dawn Kelly and Carol Ufford In 1630 New France was populated mainly by men. France recognized that there were threats to its economy[...]
Apr
29
Mon
7:30 pm Tracking an 18th Century Regiment
Tracking an 18th Century Regiment
Apr 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Tracking an 18th Century Regiment @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Sam Allison Genealogists can benefit from the techniques and sources used to write history books. Driv’n by Fortune is about a Scots regiment that settled in Canada. The 78th Fraser’s Highlanders (1756–63) defeated the French on the Plains of Abraham,[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Mar
7
Thu
4:00 pm Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Mar 7 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records @ Archives of Ontario | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Course runs on three Thursdays: March 7, 14 and 21, 2019. Registration is now full. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list please send your email request  to courses@torontofamilyhistory.org Land records[...]

Other Events

Jun
21
Fri
all-day OGS Conference 2019
OGS Conference 2019
Jun 21 – Jun 23 all-day
OGS Conference 2019 @ London Convention Centre
The 2019 OGS Conference provides a great opportunity for family historians to attend stimulating workshops and lectures from engaging speakers from Canada and around the world, see what’s available in the genealogy Marketplace, catch up[...]

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?