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November 2017 meeting

Painting of skaters and sleighs on ice at Toronto waterfront

“On Toronto Bay, showing shore from about University Ave. at right to Bathurst St. at left” (1835), photograph of watercolour by J.G. Howard, in Baldwin Collection, Toronto Reference Library, call number JRR 828 Cab

Our next Toronto Branch meeting — and the last of 2017 — will take place on Monday 27 November starting at 7:30 pm at Eglinton St George’s United Church at 35 Lytton Blvd in North Toronto (in the Sanctuary).

In keeping with Branch tradition, we’ll be marking the close of the year with a celebration of our own Great Moments in Genealogy. Ten Branch members will each share one “great moment” in their family history research. This once-a-year event is a member favourite, and the 2017 presentations promise to be as intriguing and entertaining as ever. Please join us for inspiring stories about genealogical treasures, travels, trials and triumphs. Special holiday refreshments will be served during an extended break time. Be sure to check out our “Rescue Me” collection of genealogy books, journals and CDs… free to a good home! You are welcome to bring your own gently used materials to add to the giveaway table, but please remember to take any that haven’t been adopted home with you at the end of the evening.

As usual, 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!

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 our November speakers and topics, and what’s in store for 2018, please visit our Meetings page or browse through our Calendar.

Humberside remembers

Humberside Collegiate Institute, near Toronto’s High Park, is the latest institution to be added to our searchable For King and Country database of war memorials in the city’s schools.

It has been 125 years since Humberside—or the Toronto Junction High School, as it was then known—first opened its doors in 1892. Since then, the school sometimes called the “castle on the hill” has expanded, undergone extensive renovations, and developed a reputation for music and the arts.

Black/white photo of school

Humberside Collegiate Institute in about 1915 (Postcard from Baldwin Collection, Toronto Public Library X 64-338)

Almost 250 new names have been added to our database from the Humberside war memorials, which include two traditional bronze plaques, a large stained-glass window, and a remarkable framed poster titled “Greetings from Humberside”. For many years, that poster hung over the fireplace of a steak house in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Read the story of the Humberside poster, its message to students many miles away, and how it eventually came home.

Our For King and Country database now contains the names of more than 46,000 students and teachers who volunteered for active service during World Wars I and II, and other conflicts. Could your ancestor be among them?

Toronto Branch Meetings

7:30 pm Great Moments in Genealogy
Great Moments in Genealogy
Nov 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Great Moments in Genealogy @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
In keeping with tradition, ten Toronto Branch members will be sharing “great moments” in their family history research in a series of short presentations as follows: Beth Adams: More Betts Houses. Patricia Blackstock: Travelling Through[...]
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 @ Eglinton St. George's 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[...]
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 @ Eglinton St. George's 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

11:00 am TRL Special Collections Centre Tour
TRL Special Collections Centre Tour
Dec 9 @ 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 Toronto Public Library and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. Registration is required.  Registration is now open. Marilyn & Charles Baillie Special Collections Centre Tour: The emphasis of this tour[...]

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 at special rates?