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March 2017 Meeting

Our next Toronto Branch meeting will take place on Monday 27 March 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 What Lies Beneath.

Speaker Sherilyn L. Bell will take us through an intriguing genealogical case study involving a suspicious series of events in Toronto and Coboconk in the early 1900s, some unusual research techniques and the occasional ethical dilemma. Cemetery stones

After our mid-meeting break, we’ll launch our new Brick Wall Buster series with expert researcher James F.S. Thomson. You won’t want to miss it!

If you can, do plan to come early. Linda Reid, the Facilitator of our Genetic Genealogy Special Interest Group and some fellow members will be at our Demonstration Table before the main meeting, from 6:30 to 7:20, to answer your questions about DNA testing. And, as usual, the Members Network will be gathering 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!

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.

Spring 2017 Courses

We’re pleased to announce that registration is now open for the spring 2017 semester of Toronto Branch educational activities.

I-PadsAre you an iPad or iPhone user, but not sure how to take full advantage of them in your family history research? Consider joining in our three-week course on Thursday afternoons in April and May on Using the iPad and iPhone for Genealogy with instructor Carol Nichols. You’ll find out about applications for finding and capturing data, pictures, records and audio on your mobile devices, organizing and enhancing your research findings and sharing them with others.

We’ll also be offering two hands-on workshop series on Tuesday evenings in May and June exploring new, engaging and low-cost ways to display your research findings and tell your family stories. Ellen Maki will lead two sessions on Designing Genealogy Posters. Learn how to use basic software to show off your photos, maps, family trees and more in eye-catching style! And Jaclyn Gunton will lead two sessions on Using Adobe Spark to Create Genealogy Videos. Learn how to produce your own video from your family history materials using a free graphic design program.

We’ve also lined up two more guided tours of key Toronto research repositories. Join us at the Toronto Reference Library on Saturday April 1 to discover its extensive Genealogy Collection on the second floor, and on Saturday April 29 to visit the Marilyn and Charles Baillie Special Collections Centre, including the Baldwin Collection of Canadiana. These tours are free, but space is limited, so you will need to register in advance.

Last but not least, there are still a few spaces left in our final winter 2017 course, Introduction to Genealogy and Family History, on Saturday March 25 with instructor Linda Reid.  Whether you’re an absolute beginner or looking to refresh your skills, this fast-paced course on the essentials is certain to get your research on the right track.

Visit our Learn with Toronto Branch pages for details of all of the above courses, workshops and tours, and to sign up online.

Toronto Branch Meetings

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.[...]
May
29
Mon
7:30 pm Life on the Farm
Life on the Farm
May 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Life on the Farm @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Life on the Farm: Your Ancestor’s Place in Ontario Agriculture Speaker: Jane E. MacNamara We often think of farming as a traditional occupation—something that hasn’t really changed much. But that is not and was never[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Apr
1
Sat
10:00 am TRL Genealogy Collection Tour
TRL Genealogy Collection Tour
Apr 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
TRL Genealogy Collection Tour @ Toronto Reference Library, 2nd Floor | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This tour is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library, and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. Registration is required.  This tour is now full.  Please contact courses@torontofamilyhistory.org for[...]
Apr
20
Thu
2:00 pm Using the iPad & iPhone for Gene...
Using the iPad & iPhone for Gene...
Apr 20 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Using the iPad & iPhone for Genealogy @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This course is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library,  and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. The course will be on three Thursdays: April 20, 27, and May[...]
Apr
29
Sat
11:00 am TRL Special Collections Centre Tour
TRL Special Collections Centre Tour
Apr 29 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 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. Registration is required.  Registration is now[...]
May
2
Tue
6:15 pm Designing Genealogy Posters
Designing Genealogy Posters
May 2 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Designing Genealogy Posters @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This course is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Science Department at the Toronto Reference Library and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society.   This course will be on two Tuesdays: May 2 and[...]

Other Events

Jun
16
Fri
all-day OGS Conference 2017
OGS Conference 2017
Jun 16 – Jun 18 all-day
OGS Conference 2017 @ Algonquin College | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Our Canada—Your Family: Building a Nation/ JUNE 16–18 Members of all 34 branches and special interest groups of the Ontario Genealogical Society and other family historians from across North America and around the world will[...]

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?