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Summer Camp is on for 2018

After a two-year hiatus, our Genealogy Summer Camp will be back on in 2018…

Genealogy Summer Camp is an intensive five-day program for family historians with Ontario roots, coordinated by longtime Branch member Jane E. MacNamara. Our campers are on the move throughout the week, travelling to different libraries and archives. Each day starts with a tour or tutorial, and plenty of time is built in for individual campers to focus on their own family history research, under the guidance of local experts. This program is designed mainly for out-of-towners, but we also welcome Toronto residents, who may choose to stay with the group in local accommodation or attend as “day-campers”.

Genealogy Summer Camp button The 2018 Genealogy Summer Camp will run from Monday 4 June to Friday 8 June, right after the OGS Conference in nearby Guelph. If you’re planning to attend the OGS Conference, why not extend your stay and enjoy an extra week of concentrated research in Ontario records. Registration for both events is now open… and Summer Camp registrants get a special discount on OGS Conference rates!

The fee for the 2018 Summer Camp is $275. That covers about 7 hours of lectures and tutorials, about 25 hours of hands-on instruction, and all worksheets and handouts. Accommodation, meals and public transportation costs are extra.

Spaces in Genealogy Summer Camp are limited. For much more information and the online application, please visit: wherethestorytakesme.ca.

Winter 2018 courses (*Updated*)

The winter semester of Toronto Branch educational activities begins in January 2018 and we have four courses for you to choose from in the new year.

On either Wednesday mornings or Saturday mornings* in January, join Linda Reid for Introduction to Genetic Genealogy, a three-week course for genealogists who wish to confirm and expand their family trees with genetic evidence, particularly through Family Tree DNA tests.

Marian Press will survey and explain the many options for Putting Your Family Tree Online in a three-week course on Wednesday evenings in January and February.

Learn to navigate the land record collections at the Archives of Ontario and put your skills into practice under the guidance of Jane MacNamara in Hands-on Early Ontario Land Records, a three-week course on Thursday evenings in February.

And, if you are just starting out on your genealogical journey, don’t miss our fast-paced one-day course on Saturday February 10, Introduction to Genealogy and Family History — Linda Reid will review the essential records and techniques you’ll need to research your ancestry.

Registration is now open for all of the above courses. Visit our Learn with Toronto Branch pages for full details and to sign up online. We encourage you to register before the end-of-year rush to avoid disappointment. Space is limited in all of our educational events and they can fill up quickly.

* UPDATE: We’ve added a second session for this course due to popular demand. Now you can choose either the weekday or weekend option — whichever best suits your schedule.

Toronto Branch Meetings

Jan
22
Mon
7:30 pm Lives and Times of the United Em...
Lives and Times of the United Em...
Jan 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Lives and Times of the United Empire Loyalists @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Sandra McNamara UE Please join Sandra as she travels back in time to explain how the United Empire Loyalists can be considered Canada’s first refugees. Many of the founding families of Canada had originally settled[...]
Feb
26
Mon
7:30 pm Digital Humanities for Family Hi...
Digital Humanities for Family Hi...
Feb 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Digital Humanities for Family Historians @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
DIGITAL HUMANITIES FOR FAMILY HISTORIANS — AN UPDATE FOR 2018 Speaker: Marian Press Digital humanities is an area of research and teaching at the intersection of computing and the disciplines of the humanities, which has[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Jan
10
Wed
10:00 am Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Jan 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Course runs on three Wednesdays: January 10, 17 and 24, 2018. This course is for genealogists with well-researched family trees that they wish to confirm and expand with genetic evidence. There will be an overview[...]
Jan
13
Sat
10:00 am Introduction to Genetic Genealog...
Introduction to Genetic Genealog...
Jan 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy -Saturdays @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Course runs on three Saturdays: January 13, 20 and 27, 2018. This course is for genealogists with well-researched family trees that they wish to confirm and expand with genetic evidence. There will be an overview[...]
Jan
31
Wed
6:15 pm Putting Your Family Tree Online
Putting Your Family Tree Online
Jan 31 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Putting Your Family Tree Online @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Course runs on three Wednesdays: January 31, February 7 and 14, 2018. There are many choices for how to put your family information online for others to find and for them to respond to what[...]
Feb
1
Thu
4:00 pm Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Feb 1 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records @ Archives of Ontario | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Course runs on three Thursdays: February 1, 8 and 15, 2018. An enormous amount of information about the people and families who lived in early Ontario survives in land records. The records of the Crown[...]

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?