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Members-Only Pop-up
Feb 29 @ 5:30 pm
Members-Only Pop-up @ ONLINE WEBINAR | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

Join us for a Toronto Branch members-only pop-up presentation about Transkribus text-recognition software on February 29, at 5:30 pm. Toronto Branch members will be sent all the details and the Zoom link by email by about February 27.

If it is not in your inbox, you can get the Zoom link by signing in to the Toronto Branch Members’ Only pages with your OGS password. Here’s the link:

To be eligible for this and other members-only events, join us! If you’re already an OGS member, you can add Toronto Branch for only $15.

British Home Children in Canada’s History
Mar 13 @ 7:30 pm
British Home Children in Canada's History @ ONLINE LECTURE | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

This webinar will explore the history of Home Children, boys and girls from the United Kingdom who were relocated to countries like Canada from the 1860s to the 1940s. Many of the children were orphans or from families who were facing financial difficulties and could not afford to raise them. Speaker Lori Oschefski will highlight their significance in Canada with a particular focus on Toronto—the largest receiving centre for Home Children in our country. She will provide you with the resources to help you research these children.

The webinar, including discussion, will be recorded and archived for a limited time for those who can’t participate in the live Zoom session. Space is limited. Register early to reserve your spot!


Speaker Lori Oschefski, President of Home Children Canada since 2010, passionately advocates for the rights and recognition of Home Children. Inspired by her own mother’s story as a Home Child, discovered in 2007, Lori is dedicated to raising awareness and has propelled the organization to global leadership. Through exceptional efforts, Home Children Canada has successfully reunited fractured families impacted by migration programs, making a profound impact on descendants discovering their connections to young child migrants.

Forensic Genealogy: The new frontier
Mar 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Forensic Genealogy: The new frontier @ ONLINE WEBINAR | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

Forensic genealogy is a new buzz-word these days. But what exactly is forensic genealogy? How is it applied? Who needs a forensic genealogist and why? This talk will address these questions and provide some real-world examples. Hold on to your hats because what you learn will open Pandora’s Box!

Speaker Christine Cochran is a professional genealogist and owner of Forensic & Family Genealogy, LLC. She has been conducting genealogical research for more than 20 years. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), and a past registrar for the Mountain Rendezvous Chapter of the National Daughters of the American Revolution. In the past, she has held offices as president of the Colorado Chapter of APG, Vice-President and Researcher for the Colorado Genealogy Society, and delegate on the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies. She has served as the “On-the-Desk Genealogist” at the Denver Public Library—Western History and Genealogy Department, and as an indexer at the Colorado State Archives. She has conducted research for the popular PBS show “Finding Your Roots” starring Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Christine has been interviewed by Genealogy TV, KGNU radio, and PBN radio. She has been published internationally in Irish Roots Magazine. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the Colorado School of Mines, a Master’s degree from Regis University, and is a graduate of Professional Genealogists Study Groups (ProGen.) Drawing on a wide range of skills, Christine focuses on forensic genealogy for heirship cases, NSDAR applications, residential genealogies, and coaching clients with their own research.

The Baton and the Little “Black” Box
Although Speaker Bonnie Bell has been researching her family history in earnest since the 1980s, it came as a shock to find family treasures that she hadn’t known existed. This is the tale of a small silver box and a policeman’s baton found amongst her late brother’s effects. We’ll learn the history of the silver box and how the baton connected to a dramatic front-page story in a prairie newspaper. This cautionary tale is for anyone thinking you’ve found it all. Family history and genealogy are never done.

These will be online presentations. Click here to register for the webinar and get your unique Zoom link.

Leveraging Handwriting Recognition Technology in Genealogy
Apr 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Our feature presentation, by Allison Lau and her team from, will be an overview of how has developed Handwriting Recognition Technology to improve the customer experience of the 1931 Census of Canada. They will also provide updates on other products and services from Ancestry Canada

Speaker Allison Lau is General Manager, Canada, for

This will be a hybrid presentation. No need to register if you are attending in person. To attend online, click here to register and get your unique Zoom link.