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Archives Awareness Week 2015

Each year, the first full week of April is designated as Archives Awareness Week in Ontario, and 2015 is no exception. Events are planned throughout the week of April 7 to 11 to celebrate our archival repositories and rich archival collections.

Archives of Ontario montageThe Archives of Ontario will be offering free give-aways to new and long-term customers all week long, and will be hosting a full day of special activities on Thursday April 9th, including: an Ask-a-Conservator booth, where you can get free advice on storing and handling your family treasures; a behind-the-scenes tour of the Archives; and presentations on collection development, digitization initiatives and archival resources and services. Among the other organizations taking part in the Thursday activities are the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections of York University Libraries, the Multicultural History Society of Ontario, and the Archives Association of Ontario.  In the evening, visitors will be able to take in a “film night” at the City of Toronto Archives* – a chance to view rarely-seen archival film footage from the collections of various Toronto archives. For further details, visit the Archives of Ontario website.

Archives staff will cap off Archives Awareness Week by participating in our own Toronto Branch workshop on Finding Your Upper Canada Ancestors at North York Central Library on Saturday April 11th. If you haven’t yet signed up for this workshop, don’t delay – the early bird discount deadline is March 14th. Visit our workshop page to find out more about the program, speakers, and how to register.

*Please note: This is a new venue for the “film night”, which was originally scheduled to be held at York University’s Sound and Moving Image Library.

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Toronto Branch Meetings

Jan
27
Mon
7:30 pm We all have a story to tell!
We all have a story to tell!
Jan 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
We all have a story to tell! @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speakers: Marian Press, Sheelagh Hysenaj, Carol Nichols and Diana Varma We all have a story to tell! This meeting will give you insight on how best to tell yours. Our presentation will take on a[...]
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

Jan
23
Thu
4:00 pm Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Jan 23 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records @ Archives of Ontario | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Course runs on three Thursdays: January 23, 30 and February 6, 2020. Registration is now open. Land records are a rich source of information about settlers in Ontario. This course deals with the earliest period,[...]
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
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 extensive[...]

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?