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2019 Toronto History Lecture

The ninth annual Toronto History Lecture will take place on Wednesday 7 August 2019 at the City of Toronto Archives.

Author and scholar Michael Peterman will introduce us to an engaging and versatile Irishman who was the talk of the town in the mid-19th century. James McCarroll challenged the prejudices of Torontonians while entertaining them with his poetry, music and humour. He was a pop culture hit in his day, yet he has been largely written out of the historical record. Find out why in Kicking the Cultural Traces: James McCarroll in Pre-Confederation Toronto.

Copies of Professor Peterman’s new biography, Delicious Mirth: The Life and Times of James McCarroll, will be available for purchase at the lecture.

The THL was inaugurated in 2011 in memory of well-known local and family historian Paul McGrath and his love for telling people about Toronto and its past. It is free to attend but registration is required and space is limited—reserve your spot now.

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Toronto Branch Meetings

Feb
24
Mon
7:30 pm York’s Underground Railroad
York’s Underground Railroad
Feb 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
York's Underground Railroad @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
YORK COUNTY AND THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD  Speaker: Guylaine Petrin  In honour of Black History Month, Guylaine Petrin will give a special presentation on York County and the Underground Railroad.  During the last 30 years, York[...]
Mar
23
Mon
7:30 pm Records of Migration at the AO
Records of Migration at the AO
Mar 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Records of Migration at the AO @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
RECORDS OF MIGRATION AND SETTLEMENT AT THE ARCHIVES OF ONTARIO: Speaker: Jane E. MacNamara Since its founding, Ontario has been involved in supporting and promoting settlement. This lecture will look at the major groups of[...]
Apr
27
Mon
7:30 pm Closing the Loop
Closing the Loop
Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Closing the Loop @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
CLOSING THE LOOP: THE LONG JOURNEY TO RECONNECT WITH A UKRAINIAN FAMILY Speaker: Terry Maurice Researching Eastern European genealogy presents many daunting challenges to the family historian. Unfamiliarity with the languages, history and geography of[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Feb
13
Thu
4:00 pm Hands-On Land Registry Records
Hands-On Land Registry Records
Feb 13 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hands-On Land Registry Records @ Archives of Ontario | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Course runs on two Thursdays: February 13 and 20, 2020. Registration is required.  Sorry, this session is now fully booked. Click here to add your name to the waiting list. Once land was granted by[...]
Mar
25
Wed
6:30 pm Genealogy Resources in TPL’s Cat...
Genealogy Resources in TPL’s Cat...
Mar 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Genealogy Resources in TPL's Catalogue @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2020 Co-sponsored by Toronto Public Library. The Toronto Reference Library contains many excellent genealogy resources. This hands-on class will demonstrate how to use the Toronto Public Library’s online catalog to find items[...]
Apr
23
Thu
10:00 am TRL Genealogy Collection Tour
TRL Genealogy Collection Tour
Apr 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
TRL Genealogy Collection Tour @ Toronto Reference Library, 2nd Floor | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This tour is now full.  Please email us at torontocourses.ogs.on.ca to be put on the waiting list. TOUR OF THE GENEALOGY COLLECTION AT THE TORONTO REFERENCE LIBRARY Co-sponsored with the Humanities and Social Sciences Department[...]

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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?