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June 2018 meeting

Our last Toronto Branch meeting before the summer break will take place on Monday, June 25 starting at 7:30 pm at Lansing United Church in North York.

Our featured speaker Bonnie Bell will commemorate the all too short life of a young man who grew up in Toronto, enlisted with the Air Force as a teenager, and died in World War II when his plane was shot down in the skies over Belgium. Don’t miss her talk, Yes, There Was an Argument! After our mid-meeting break, Janice Nickerson will close out the evening with a short presentation titled Great Grandma’s Social Media: 100-year-old Postcards.

If you can, come early and join the Members Network in advance of the main meeting, beginning at 6:15 p.m. — share your family history experiences and questions in a friendly informal setting. All Branch members are welcome, regardless of level of knowledge or area of interest.

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.

There will be no Branch meetings in July and August… but get set for a special member Show and Tell evening on our return in September!

Toronto Branch meetings are free to attend and open to all. Visit our Meetings page to find out more.

Supermarine Spitfire Aircraft

AIRCRAFT OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE, 1939-1945: SUPERMARINE SPITFIRE. (ATP 12235D) Copyright: © IWM.

2018 Toronto History Lecture

The eighth annual Toronto History Lecture will take place on Wednesday 8 August at the City of Toronto Archives.

Author and professor Ted Glenn will share the little known story of Canadian Cyclists and how they prepared for their unique role in the Great War. Professor Glenn will speak about the Cyclists’ early training in and around Toronto. He will draw on personal diaries, memoirs, and newspaper accounts, which he has been researching for a forthcoming book, as well as an amazing collection of photographs, some never before published.

Please join us for Battle of the Humber: Canadian Cyclists and Basic Training in Toronto, 1914–1916.

The 2018 Toronto History Lecture is dedicated to the memory of Bill Britnell, an early member of the Ontario Genealogical Society and Toronto Branch, whose diligent work in transcribing cemetery markers in many parts of the province and, more recently, as resident volunteer genealogist with the St. James’ Cemetery, has been and will continue to be of invaluable assistance to countless family historians.

This event is free to attend but registration is required and space is limited.

Visit our Toronto History Lecture page now to find out more.

Canadian Cyclists with their bicycles

No 9 Platoon, Cyclist Corps, Exhibition Camp (Reproduced with the permission of Library and Archives Canada)

Toronto Branch Meetings

Jun
25
Mon
7:30 pm Yes, There Was An Argument!
Yes, There Was An Argument!
Jun 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Yes, There Was An Argument! @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
YES, THERE WAS AN ARGUMENT! Speaker: Bonnie Bell Godfrey Addison Argument, known as Ed, was born in Toronto, August 28, 1921, and died in Belgium on September 17th, 1944 at the age of 23 after[...]

Other Events

Aug
8
Wed
7:30 pm The 2018 Toronto History Lecture
The 2018 Toronto History Lecture
Aug 8 @ 7:30 pm
The 2018 Toronto History Lecture @ City of Toronto Archives | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
BATTLE OF THE HUMBER: CANADIAN CYCLISTS AND BASIC TRAINING IN TORONTO, 1914–1916 Speaker Ted Glenn will draw on his forthcoming book on Canada’s Great War Cyclists when he presents the eighth annual Toronto History Lecture.[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Sep
20
Thu
2:00 pm Using Ancestry.ca Library Editio...
Using Ancestry.ca Library Editio...
Sep 20 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Using Ancestry.ca Library Edition & FamilySearch.org @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This 3 week course is on three Thursdays, September 20, 27 and October 4, 2018. Co-sponsored with the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library. Uncovering your family history doesn’t have to[...]
Oct
2
Tue
6:15 pm Basic Genealogy and Family History
Basic Genealogy and Family History
Oct 2 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Basic Genealogy and Family History @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Course is on eight Tuesdays: October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & November 6, 13 & 20, from 6:15pm – 8:15pm Jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Science Department at the Toronto Reference Library and[...]
Oct
26
Fri
2:30 pm Advanced English Research
Advanced English Research
Oct 26 @ 2:30 pm – 5:15 pm
Advanced English Research @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Need help finding your English ancestors before the civil records of the 19th Century?  International author and lecturer Paul Milner will lead a mini-workshop covering two important resources for the advanced English researcher. Navigating the[...]
Oct
27
Sat
8:30 am English Genealogy Before 1837: R...
English Genealogy Before 1837: R...
Oct 27 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
English Genealogy Before 1837: Researching pre-Victorian Records @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Join us for a full day with two outstanding experts in the field of English genealogy.  International lecturer and author Paul Milner and our own James F.S. Thomson will help us move back in time[...]
Nov
7
Wed
2:00 pm Advanced Research Skills
Advanced Research Skills
Nov 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Advanced Research Skills @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Course runs on three Wednesday afternoons: November 7, 14 and 21 Co-sponsored with the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library. This course will teach you how to do online research like[...]

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?