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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.

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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[...]
Nov
27
Mon
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, eleven 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 Town,[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Oct
28
Sat
9:00 am Scottish Family History from the...
Scottish Family History from the...
Oct 28 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Scottish Family History from the GTA:  New Directions @ Toronto Reference Library, Beeton Hall | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
A FULL DAY WORKSHOP Jointly sponsored by Toronto Branch 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 and soon-to-be-released resources[...]
Nov
10
Fri
6:15 pm Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Nov 10 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This course is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library, and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. The course will be on three Fridays: November 10, 17, & 24,[...]
Nov
18
Sat
9:00 am Kanata to Canada – A Journey thr...
Kanata to Canada – A Journey thr...
Nov 18 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Kanata to Canada - A Journey through Time @ Eglinton St George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
A FULL DAY WORKSHOP Saturday, November 18, 2017: Eglinton St George’s United Church Sponsored by the Toronto Branch OGS Join us in our special Canada 150 event as we explore the legacy of records our[...]
Dec
9
Sat
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 findmypast.com at special rates?