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Save the dates—Toronto History Lecture series

To mark the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation, the annual Toronto History Lecture is being expanded to a series of three lectures in 2017. Mark your calendar now—this year’s lectures will take place on the evenings of Wednesday August 9, 16 and 23 at the City of Toronto Archives. As always, these lectures will be free to attend and all are welcome. You’ll be able to reserve a spot in late June.

We are currently inviting proposals from potential speakers for interesting, innovative and well-presented lectures on any aspect of Toronto’s history. Download our full call for details. The deadline for submissions is June 1.

To find out more about this event and previous speakers, visit our Toronto History Lecture page.

April 2017 Meeting

Our next Toronto Branch meeting will take place on Monday 24 April 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 Ontario’s Second Wave of 19th Century Settlers: One Family’s Story.

Speaker David Corkill will introduce us to an immigrant family struggling to live off the land in Upper Canada, and tell us how their ingenuity and hard work allowed them to survive and prosper and eventually escape the toil of the farm… with a little help from the Canadian Shield.

Rock fence

After our mid-meeting break, don’t miss our second Brick Wall Buster session with expert researcher Janice Nickerson!

The Members Network will be gathering in advance of the main meeting 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! And, if you have an ancestor who worked for the Post Office, collected stamps, appeared on a stamp, designed postage stamps or caches, was a Canadian stamp dealer, lived in a small town, or sent or received mail, be sure to stop by our Discovery Table. Kathy Hartley, a philatelic research librarian, will be on hand from 6:30 to 7:25 and during the break to answer your questions about stamps and the stories they can tell.

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.

Toronto Branch Meetings

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[...]
Jun
26
Mon
7:30 pm Mining Databases for Information
Mining Databases for Information
Jun 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Mining Databases for Information @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Are you really finding it all when you search?   Mining Databases for Every Nugget of Information Speaker: Marian Press Many family historians confine their searches of Internet search engines and online databases to the[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

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[...]
May
30
Tue
6:15 pm Using Adobe Spark to Create Gene...
Using Adobe Spark to Create Gene...
May 30 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Using Adobe Spark to Create Genealogy Videos @ 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 30 and June 6,[...]

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?