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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

Sep
24
Mon
7:00 pm September Meeting
September Meeting
Sep 24 @ 7:00 pm
September Meeting @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Note: We’re starting this information-packed meeting at 7:00 pm! 7:00 to 7:30 pm   SHOW & TELL. 7:30 to 8:40 pm   Chair’s remarks & keynote presentation. 8:40 to 9:30 pm   SHOW & TELL continued. SHOW &[...]
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[...]

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Aug
8
Wed
7:30 pm The 2018 Toronto History Lecture
The 2018 Toronto History Lecture
Aug 8 @ 7:30 pm
The 2018 Toronto History Lecture @ City of Toronto Archives | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
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Courses starting & Workshops

Sep
20
Thu
2:00 pm Using Ancestry.ca Library Editio...
Using Ancestry.ca Library Editio...
Sep 20 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Using Ancestry.ca Library Edition & FamilySearch.org @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This 3 week course is on three Thursdays, September 20, 27 and October 4, 2018. Co-sponsored with the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library. Uncovering your family history doesn’t have to[...]
Oct
2
Tue
6:15 pm Basic Genealogy and Family History
Basic Genealogy and Family History
Oct 2 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Basic Genealogy and Family History @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Course is on eight Tuesdays: October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & November 6, 13 & 20, from 6:15pm – 8:15pm. Co-sponsored with the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library. The course is[...]
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
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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?