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1,500 more names from school war lists

As this year’s students and teachers headed back to their classrooms, Toronto Branch volunteers were busy deciphering, transcribing and recording more than 1,500 new names of students and teachers from the past, from war memorials in the city’s schools.

Our growing For King and Country database now contains almost 46,000 names of individuals who volunteered for active service during World Wars I and II, and other conflicts, as well as details about the memorials themselves and the history of the schools where they are or were found. The database is online and available to search free of charge — by surname, first name, keyword, school or memorial code.

bronze war memorial

First World War memorial for members of the Aura Lee Club

The latest schools to be added are Duke of Connaught School, or “Duke”, on Woodfield Avenue north of Queen Street East, which opened in 1912; Palmerston Avenue Public School, near Bathurst and Bloor Streets, which opened in 1889; and Forest Hill Village Schools, east of Spadina Road between Eglinton and St. Clair Avenues, which opened in 1924. All three grand old elementary schools are still in operation.

We’ve also added the first non-school organization to our database – the Aura Lee Club, a social and sports group active from 1887 to 1925. To find out why, and learn more about the work our volunteers have been doing, visit the For King and Country website.

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Toronto Branch Meetings

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[...]
Nov
26
Mon
7:30 pm Great Moments in Genealogy
Great Moments in Genealogy
Nov 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Great Moments in Genealogy @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
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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[...]

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That Toronto Branch OGS has more than 600 members? That members get a discount on publications, and course and workshop registration fees?