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Archives Awareness Week 2017

The first full week of April is Archives Awareness Week in Ontario – a time to discover and celebrate the many different archives that help to preserve our history and culture. Don’t miss our Libraries and Archives page.

Here are just some of the AAW events taking place in and around Toronto:

Using a forklift to retrieve files at the Metropolitan Toronto Archives and Records Centre (now City of Toronto Archives), 1992. Toronto Star Photo Archive, Toronto Reference Library.

The Archives of Ontario, in partnership with the Ontario Historical Society, is hosting a symposium on the afternoon of Thursday 6 April titled “Active Archives: Bringing Ontario’s History Online” — a series of presentations on new initiatives in the preservation of historical materials. And all week long, visitors to the Archives can explore two free exhibits:  “Family Ties: Ontario Turns 150“, and “From Suffragettes to the Second Wave: Women’s Activism in Ontario“.

The Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives in Brampton is presenting “Archives 101” on the evening of Thursday 6 April — an opportunity to learn how to organize and protect historical records, including a behind-the-scenes tour.

The City of Vaughan Archives is sharing one image each day of the week of an artifact or artifacts that  represent each of its five major communities: Maple, Kleinburg, Concord, Woodbridge and Thornhill.

And the Durham Region Area Archives Group will be mining the holdings of its member institutions, and showcasing items from 1867 and 1967 in honour of the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

For AAW events elsewhere in the province, visit the Archives Association of Ontario website. What will you discover?

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Toronto Branch Meetings

Jan
22
Mon
7:30 pm Lives and Times of the United Em...
Lives and Times of the United Em...
Jan 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Lives and Times of the United Empire Loyalists @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Sandra McNamara UE Please join Sandra as she travels back in time to explain how the United Empire Loyalists can be considered Canada’s first refugees. Many of the founding families of Canada had originally settled[...]
Feb
26
Mon
7:30 pm Digital Humanities for Family Hi...
Digital Humanities for Family Hi...
Feb 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Digital Humanities for Family Historians @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
DIGITAL HUMANITIES FOR FAMILY HISTORIANS — AN UPDATE FOR 2018 Speaker: Marian Press Digital humanities is an area of research and teaching at the intersection of computing and the disciplines of the humanities, which has[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Jan
10
Wed
10:00 am Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Jan 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Course runs on three Wednesdays: January 10, 17 and 24, 2018. This course is for genealogists with well-researched family trees that they wish to confirm and expand with genetic evidence. There will be an overview[...]
Jan
13
Sat
10:00 am Introduction to Genetic Genealog...
Introduction to Genetic Genealog...
Jan 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy -Saturdays @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Course runs on three Saturdays: January 13, 20 and 27, 2018. This course is for genealogists with well-researched family trees that they wish to confirm and expand with genetic evidence. There will be an overview[...]
Jan
31
Wed
6:15 pm Putting Your Family Tree Online
Putting Your Family Tree Online
Jan 31 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Putting Your Family Tree Online @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Course runs on three Wednesdays: January 31, February 7 and 14, 2018. There are many choices for how to put your family information online for others to find and for them to respond to what[...]
Feb
1
Thu
4:00 pm Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Feb 1 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records @ Archives of Ontario | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Course runs on three Thursdays: February 1, 8 and 15, 2018. An enormous amount of information about the people and families who lived in early Ontario survives in land records. The records of the Crown[...]

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?