Our next Toronto Branch meeting will take place on Monday 24 April 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 titled Ontario’s Second Wave of 19th Century Settlers: One Family’s Story.
Speaker David Corkill will introduce us to an immigrant family struggling to live off the land in Upper Canada, and tell us how their ingenuity and hard work allowed them to survive and prosper and eventually escape the toil of the farm… with a little help from the Canadian Shield.
After our mid-meeting break, don’t miss our second Brick Wall Buster session with expert researcher Janice Nickerson!
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 participate and share experiences with others pursuing their family history research! And, if you have an ancestor who worked for the Post Office, collected stamps, appeared on a stamp, designed postage stamps or caches, was a Canadian stamp dealer, lived in a small town, or sent or received mail, be sure to stop by our Discovery Table. Kathy Hartley, a philatelic research librarian, will be on hand from 6:30 to 7:25 and during the break to answer your questions about stamps and the stories they can tell.
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.
The first full week of April is Archives Awareness Week in Ontario – a time to discover and celebrate the many different archives that help to preserve our history and culture. Don’t miss our Libraries and Archives page.
Here are just some of the AAW events taking place in and around Toronto:
Using a forklift to retrieve files at the Metropolitan Toronto Archives and Records Centre (now City of Toronto Archives), 1992. Toronto Star Photo Archive, Toronto Reference Library.
The Archives of Ontario, in partnership with the Ontario Historical Society, is hosting a symposium on the afternoon of Thursday 6 April titled “Active Archives: Bringing Ontario’s History Online” — a series of presentations on new initiatives in the preservation of historical materials. And all week long, visitors to the Archives can explore two free exhibits: “Family Ties: Ontario Turns 150“, and “From Suffragettes to the Second Wave: Women’s Activism in Ontario“.
The Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives in Brampton is presenting “Archives 101” on the evening of Thursday 6 April — an opportunity to learn how to organize and protect historical records, including a behind-the-scenes tour.
The City of Vaughan Archives is sharing one image each day of the week of an artifact or artifacts that represent each of its five major communities: Maple, Kleinburg, Concord, Woodbridge and Thornhill.
And the Durham Region Area Archives Group will be mining the holdings of its member institutions, and showcasing items from 1867 and 1967 in honour of the 150th anniversary of Confederation.
For AAW events elsewhere in the province, visit the Archives Association of Ontario website. What will you discover?