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New year… new location!

Toronto Branch has a new place to call home! Effective immediately, Toronto Branch meetings will be held at Lansing United Church in North York.

Artist's rendering of Lansing United Church

Lansing United Church is located two blocks south-west of Sheppard and Yonge, at Poyntz Avenue and Beecroft Road, close to numerous food and shopping outlets. It’s a short walk from the Sheppard-Yonge subway station, which also links to frequent bus service. Parking on local streets is free after 6:00 p.m and there are pay parking options nearby. Please leave the few spaces in the church parking lot for members with accessibility needs. The church building is fully accessible, with bright, new and newly renovated facilities.

United Empire Loyalist Statue in Hamilton, OntarioOur first meeting of 2018 will be held at Lansing United Church on Monday, January 22 at 7:30, and we look forward to welcoming members and guests to our new space. Please use the Poyntz Avenue entrance.

Our main presentation at the January meeting will be on the Lives and Times of the United Empire Loyalists. Speaker Sandra McNamara UE will tell us about Loyalist experiences, traditions and contributions, and explain why Loyalists could be considered Canada’s first refugees.  And you won’t want to miss our mini-presentation from Janice Nickerson titled Great Grandma’s Social Media: 100-year-old Postcards. Refreshments will not be served during the break at this meeting but there are plenty of spots nearby to pick up a quick coffee, tea or snack.

As usual, if you’re looking for more time to mingle and chat about family history, please come early and join the Members Network, which will be gathering in advance of the main meeting from 6:15 p.m. on. All Branch members are invited to join in and share their ideas and questions in an informal supportive setting.

Toronto Branch meetings are free to attend and all are welcome. For details, visit our Meetings page.

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.

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 @ Lansing 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 @ Lansing 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
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
This course is now full.  To put your name on the waiting list, please email courses@torontofamilyhistory.org and you will be contacted if a spot becomes available.   Course runs on three Thursdays: February 1, 8[...]
Feb
10
Sat
10:00 am Introduction to Genealogy and Fa...
Introduction to Genealogy and Fa...
Feb 10 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Introduction to Genealogy and Family History @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This fast-paced one-day course introduces some of the types of records and techniques needed for researching your family tree. It highlights vital records (civil and church), census records and probates (wills), showing how to extract[...]
Apr
7
Sat
8:45 am Art of Genetic Genealogy Investi...
Art of Genetic Genealogy Investi...
Apr 7 @ 8:45 am – 4:00 pm
Art of Genetic Genealogy Investigation with Blaine Bettinger @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Join us for a day with internationally renowned Blaine Bettinger, “The Genetic Genealogist”. This is an exciting opportunity for active genetic genealogists who are at the intermediate level. If you have already tested your Autosomal[...]
Jun
4
Mon
8:30 am Genealogy Summer Camp
Genealogy Summer Camp
Jun 4 @ 8:30 am – Jun 8 @ 6:00 pm
Genealogy Summer Camp @ Various Toronto libraries and archives
A five-day, hands-on program for family historians with Ontario roots. Designed mainly for out-of-towners, this unique program takes researchers to different archives and libraries each day. However, we welcome “day-campers” who live locally and join[...]

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?