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September 2018 meeting

Toronto Branch meetings are starting up again this month, and we’re beginning the fall season with a splash!

Join us on Monday September 24 at Lansing United Church in North York for an expanded Show and Tell evening. We’re going to begin half an hour earlier than usual to fit it all in!

Starting at 7:00 p.m., Branch members will be on hand to display and talk about their favourite ways to share their research… from scrapbooks to videos to quilts to memorabilia, and much more! Looking for creative ways to get the word out? This is your chance to pick up tips, ask questions and be inspired by your fellow family historians.

The regular portion of our meeting will begin at 7:30 pm. Our featured presenter this month will be genetic genealogist Linda Reid, who will show us how autosomal DNA tests can be used to confirm ancestral lines back hundreds of years, in Pushing Autosomal DNA to the Limits: Back to 18th Century Scotland.

And our Show and Tell displays will continue after the main presentation, so you will have plenty of time to browse!

If you can, come even earlier and join the Members Network from 6:15 on, in advance of the main meeting—get to know other members and 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.

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

Fall 2018 courses and workshops

Registration is now open for the next semester of Toronto Branch educational activities, beginning in September 2018.

In store this fall: four courses, two workshops and one tour, with learning opportunities for both new and seasoned family historians.

On Thursday afternoons in September, join instructor Carol Nichols for Using Ancestry.ca Library Edition & FamilySearch.org, a hands-on three-week course on how to get started with two of the largest free databases of Canadian and international records.

No longer a beginner? Learn how to move to the next level and tackle online databases like a pro, with our three-week course on Advanced Research Skills with instructor Marian Press on Wednesday afternoons in November.

Interested in using the results of your autosomal DNA testing to confirm and expand on your family tree? Consider our three-week Introduction to Genetic Genealogy course with instructor Linda Reid on Wednesday evenings in November.

If you have English ancestors, mark your calendar for the last weekend of October! We’re planning an exciting two days of learning devoted to English genealogy.

Cottage in the English Cotswolds

Cotswold cottage, photo by Shari Read

International author and lecturer Paul Milner will lead a mini-workshop covering two key topics in Advanced English Research on the afternoon of Friday October 26—“Navigating the English Probate System” and “Finding 17th Century Ancestors in England”. And Paul will be joined by our own Branch expert James F.S. Thomson on Saturday October 27 for a full-day workshop on English Genealogy Before 1837: Researching pre-Victorian Records. Learn how to move back in time and trace your English roots before civil registration and censuses.

Visit our Learn with Toronto Branch pages for full details and to sign up online. Space is limited in all of our educational events and they can fill up quickly. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

Toronto Branch Meetings

Sep
24
Mon
7:00 pm September Meeting
September Meeting
Sep 24 @ 7:00 pm
September Meeting @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Note: We’re starting this information-packed meeting at 7:00 pm! 7:00 to 7:30 pm   SHOW & TELL. 7:30 to 8:40 pm   Chair’s remarks & keynote presentation. 8:40 to 9:30 pm   SHOW & TELL continued. SHOW &[...]
Oct
22
Mon
7:30 pm Welcoming Newcomers
Welcoming Newcomers
Oct 22 @ 7:30 pm
Welcoming Newcomers @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
WELCOMING NEWCOMERS: CANADA’S ETHNIC BENEVOLENT SOCIETIES Speaker: Jane E. MacNamara Established in the 1830s and before, societies like St. Andrew’s, St. George’s, St. Patrick’s and many other ethnic-based benevolent organizations provided guidance, financial and social[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

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
English Genealogy Before 1837
Oct 27 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
English Genealogy Before 1837 @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
ENGLISH GENEALOGY BEFORE 1837: RESEARCHING PRE-VICTORIAN RECORDS 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[...]
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
This course is now full.  To be put on the waiting list, email us at courses@torontofamilyhistory.org   Course runs on three Wednesday afternoons: November 7, 14 and 21 Co-sponsored with the Humanities and Social Sciences[...]
6:15 pm Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Nov 7 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Course runs on three consecutive Wednesday evenings: November 7, 14 and 21. Co-sponsored with the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library. This course is for genealogists with well-researched family trees that[...]
Nov
10
Sat
10:00 am TRL Genealogy Collection Tour
TRL Genealogy Collection Tour
Nov 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
TRL Genealogy Collection Tour @ Toronto Reference Library, 2nd Floor | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
  TOUR OF THE GENEALOGY COLLECTION AT THE TORONTO REFERENCE LIBRARY Co-sponsored with the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library. Discover one of the largest genealogy collections in Canada. Explore the[...]

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?