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2017 Toronto History Lecture Series

To mark the sesquicentennial of Canada’s Confederation, this year’s Toronto History Lecture has been expanded to a special three-lecture series on consecutive Wednesday evenings in August.

On August 9, Bill Gladstone will reconstruct a “lost world” from a memorable 1910 photograph of what is now the intersection of Bay and Dundas, exploring the connections between the cluttered turn-of-the-century streetscape and the personalities, issues and events of the era.

On August 16, Gregory Klages will shine a light on the Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital Cemetery in Etobicoke and what the stories of the men, women and children buried there can tell us about the history of Toronto and the treatment of marginalized populations.

And, last but not least, on August 23, Joyce Munro will present the story of Yorkville in the 1890s, through the eyes of one house—Bloorview, a spacious single-family home owned by the Thomas M. Thomson family—as it embraced and weathered changing times.

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Left: Reconstructing a Lost World; centre: Forgetting and Remembering; right: Yorkville through a House’s Eyes

The 2017 Toronto History Lectures are dedicated to the memory of Jack and Jeannette Tyson, who made significant contributions to genealogy and family history as committed volunteers on Branch cemetery projects over many years.

Join us for one, two or all three talks at the recently renovated City of Toronto Archives.

These events are free to attend but registration is required and space is limited.

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

June 2017 meeting

Our last Toronto Branch meeting before the summer break will take place on Monday 26 June starting at 7:30 pm at Eglinton St George’s United Church at 35 Lytton Blvd in North Toronto (in the Sanctuary).

Are you really finding it all when you search online? As Marian Press will tell us in our featured presentation, you may be missing out  if you limit yourself to simple word searches. Please join us for Mining Databases for Every Nugget of Information and learn how to make the most of your online research time. Following our mid-meeting break, enjoy an additional short presentation by Linda Reid on Triangulation – Confirming ancestors with DNA. Toronto Branch meetings are free to attend and all are welcome. For details, visit our Meetings page.

View inside Trinity College, DublinAs usual, 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 join in and share their family history experiences and questions in an informal setting. In addition, a sign-up sheet will be available at the Membership Table for those interested in forming a new Special Interest Group with a focus on basic/intermediate genetic genealogy.

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.

Please note that there will be no Toronto Branch meetings in July and August. Watch for announcements of our fall 2017 meetings as well as a special 50th anniversary celebration, coming soon.

50th Anniversary Reception

Toronto Branch Meetings

Oct
23
Mon
7:30 pm Toronto’s Massey Family
Toronto’s Massey Family
Oct 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Toronto's Massey Family @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Toronto’s Massey Family: A Story Told Through Postal History Speaker: Kathy Hartley Kathy Hartley spent decades researching her own family history before becoming a reference librarian at a philatelic research foundation in Toronto. Once there her[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Sep
7
Thu
2:00 pm Hands-On Ancestry.ca Library Edi...
Hands-On Ancestry.ca Library Edi...
Sep 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Hands-On Ancestry.ca Library Edition @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
  This course is on three Thursdays, September 7, 14 and 21, 2017. It is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library and Toronto Branch Ontario Genealogical Society Description:[...]
Sep
30
Sat
10:00 am TRL Genealogy Collection Tour
TRL Genealogy Collection Tour
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
TRL Genealogy Collection Tour @ Toronto Reference Library, 2nd Floor | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This tour is jointly sponsored by the Toronto Public Library and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. Registration is required.  Registration is now open. Genealogy Collection Tour at the Humanities & Social Science Department, Toronto Reference Library: Discover[...]
Oct
3
Tue
6:15 pm Basic Genealogy and Family History
Basic Genealogy and Family History
Oct 3 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Basic Genealogy and Family History @ 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 evening course is on 8 Tuesdays: October 3, 10, 17, 24,[...]
Oct
28
Sat
9:00 am Researching Scottish Family Hist...
Researching Scottish Family Hist...
Oct 28 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Researching Scottish Family History from the GTA:  New Directions @ Toronto Reference Library, Beeton Hall | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
  A FULL DAY WORKSHOP Jointly sponsored by the Toronto Branch of OGS and the Toronto Public Library Designed for those who have some experience of Scottish genealogy, this one-day event will show you newly available[...]

Other Events

Aug
9
Wed
7:30 pm Toronto History Lecture Series
Toronto History Lecture Series
Aug 9 @ 7:30 pm – Aug 23 @ 7:30 pm
Toronto History Lecture Series @ City of Toronto Archives | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
A SERIES OF THREE LECTURES TO MARK THE SESQUICENTENNIAL OF CANADA’S CONFEDERATION Wednesday 9 August, 7:30 pm Reconstructing a Lost World From a Photograph: Agnes and Terauley, ca 1910 Speaker: Bill Gladstone Wednesday 16 August,[...]

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?