Happy New Year! Our first Toronto Branch meeting of 2017 will take place on Monday 23 January 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 The Ontario Historical County Maps Project.
Speakers Joan Winearls and Marcel Fortin will tell us about this major new project to index and display the names of landowners on Confederation-era county maps of the province. We’ll learn about the maps themselves, and their importance in understanding rural settlement in 19th-century Ontario, as well as the methods used in this project and potential future enhancements.
After our mid-meeting break, we’ll have an additional short presentation by Branch member Ann Rexe titled Bryanston (Ontario) Cheese Factory – Finding Records 1880-1900.
Please note that 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! And be sure to drop by our information tables to find out about the winter semester of Branch courses, volunteer opportunities and other Branch news.
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 holiday season is almost here… and so is a new season of learning with Toronto Branch! Here’s a quick look at what we have lined up for our winter 2017 term…
If you’ve taken an autosomal DNA test and are wondering what your next steps should be, be sure to sign up for our three-week Introduction to Genetic Genealogy course with instructor Linda Reid on Tuesday evenings in January. You’ll learn how to use genetic evidence to confirm and expand your family tree.
Would you like to learn how to locate estate files and mine the valuable clues they can contain? Consider joining instructor Jane E. MacNamara for Hands-on Records of Inheritance, a three-session course at the Archives of Ontario on Thursday evenings in January and February. Sharpen your research skills with expert guidance.
New to genealogy? Or feeling a little rusty? Don’t miss our fast-paced Introduction to Genealogy and Family History on Saturday March 25. Linda Reid will review essential record types and techniques for researching your ancestors.
And that’s not all… We’ve also arranged three guided tours of key Toronto repositories.
City of Toronto Archives
We’ll be spending two Thursday afternoons at the Toronto Reference Library — on January 19, we’ll be visiting the Genealogy Collection, and, on February 23, we’ll be exploring the Marilyn & Charles Baillie Special Collections Centre. Then, on Tuesday March 21, we’re planning a full day at the City of Toronto Archives. These tours are free, but space is limited, so you will need to register in advance.
We are now accepting registrations for all of the above courses and tours. Visit our Learn with Toronto Branch pages for program details and to sign up online.