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April 2018 meeting


NOTE: Our April 23 meeting was cancelled. Speaker Sam Allison will be rescheduled at a later date.


Our next Toronto Branch meeting will take place on Monday, April 23 starting at 7:30 pm at Lansing United Church at Poyntz Avenue and Beecroft Road in North York.

Our main speaker at the April meeting will be the author of Driv’n by Fortune, a book about the 78th Fraser’s Highlanders — a Scots regiment that settled in Canada.  Sam Allison will discuss the sources used to trace these military migrants, and highlight some of the problems that both historians and genealogists may encounter in their research, including same names, false names, spellings, changing place names, false assumptions, statistical errors and historical myths. Please join us for Tracking an 18th Century Highland Regiment. After the break, we’ll enjoy a short presentation by Georgie Kennedy on The Search for Ruth.

If you can, come early and join the Members Network in advance of the main meeting, beginning at 6:15 p.m. — share your family history experiences and questions with fellow members in a friendly informal setting.

Lansing United Church is a short walk from the Sheppard-Yonge subway station (look for the exit to Poyntz Avenue). Parking on local streets is free after 6:00 p.m and there are pay parking options nearby. Please leave the few spaces in the church parking lot for members with accessibility needs.

Toronto Branch meetings are free to attend and open to all. Visit our Meetings page to find out more.

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Toronto Branch Meetings

Jan
28
Mon
7:30 pm The Spanish Flu
The Spanish Flu
Jan 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Spanish Flu @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
THE SPANISH FLU, TORONTO’S – CANADA’S FORGOTTEN PANDEMIC Speaker: Mike Clare The story of the Spanish Flu epidemic in Canada and Toronto is a forgotten one. Why? It has been called the most documented epidemic[...]
Feb
25
Mon
7:30 pm Toronto’s Early Police Detectives
Toronto’s Early Police Detectives
Feb 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Ellen Maki Visiting the haunts of felons and searching pawn shops for stolen goods were some of the duties of Toronto’s Victorian police detectives. Who were the policemen who became detectives, and was their[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Jan
15
Tue
6:15 pm Using Digital Newspapers for Gen...
Using Digital Newspapers for Gen...
Jan 15 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Using Digital Newspapers for Genealogy Research @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
A THREE-WEEK COURSE ON TUESDAYS January 15, 22 and 29 Co-sponsored with the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library. Advanced registration is required.  Newspapers have always been a major, although under-used,[...]
Feb
5
Tue
5:00 pm Hands-on Records of Inheritance
Hands-on Records of Inheritance
Feb 5 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hands-on Records of Inheritance @ Archives of Ontario | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This course is jointly sponsored by the Archives of Ontario and Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. The course will be on three Tuesdays: February 5, 12, & 19, 2019 Registration is required. Finding your Ontario[...]
Mar
7
Thu
4:00 pm Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Mar 7 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records @ Archives of Ontario | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Course runs on three Thursdays: March 7, 14 and 21, 2019. Registration is required. Land records are a rich source of information about settlers in Ontario. This course deals with the earliest period, when land[...]

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?