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February 2017 Meeting

Our next Toronto Branch meeting will take place on Monday 27 February 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 19th Century English Gardeners, Horticulturalists, and Nurserymen.

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. Speaker Ellen Maki will introduce us to several of the horticulturalists she has come across in her 30 years of genealogy research, and will highlight resources that can be used to learn about gardeners in any English family.

Gardens at Seaton Delaval Hall in Northumberland, England

During our mid-meeting break, drop by our information tables to find out about the spring semester of Branch courses, volunteer opportunities, membership benefits and other Branch news. Be sure to check out our “Rescue Me” collection of genealogy books, journals and CDs… free to a good home! You are welcome to bring your own gently used materials to add to the giveaway table, but please remember to take any that haven’t been adopted home with you at the end of the evening. We’ll close out our meeting with a short presentation by Ann Rexe and Patricia Sheehan on the Research Services available through Toronto Branch.

As usual, 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!

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.

Toronto Research Tip: Newspapers

Newspapers can be a goldmine for family history researchers. Nuggets of information can be gleaned from birth, marriage and death notices, from lists of ship arrivals, from reports on crime, accidents and court proceedings, and even from local ads.

Broadside poster of The Toronto Mail

1890s broadside, “The Toronto Mail, the newspaper of Canada”. Toronto Reference Library, Baldwin Collection VS.

What you may not know is that Toronto researchers are particularly fortunate when it comes to newspapers. Not only are two of our major papers–the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail–digitized, but they can be accessed free of charge through the public library system and various academic institutions! Many other papers – some dating back to the 18th century – are available either in their original form or on microfilm – at the Toronto Reference Library, the Archives of Ontario and other repositories.

For more on Toronto newspapers and how to find them, check out our Newspapers page.

Toronto Branch Meetings

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[...]
Apr
24
Mon
7:30 pm Ontario’s Second Wave of Settlers
Ontario’s Second Wave of Settlers
Apr 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Ontario's Second Wave of Settlers @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Ontario’s Second Wave of 19th Century Settlers: One Family’s Story Speaker: David Corkill By 1840 Upper Canada was a flourishing agricultural society. Along the lakeshores and on the Niagara Peninsula many mature communities were developing.[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

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?