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May
27
Mon
The Trial of William Brass
May 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Trial of William Brass @ Attend in person or register for online webinar. | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

In 1837, Carol Ufford’s third great uncle, William Brass, was charged with raping a young girl. His defense attorney was young John A. Macdonald. Using documents from the Haldimand collection, the Upper Canada Sundries, and contemporary newspapers, Carol will tell William’s story—his early life, what lead up to the trial, the trial, and the aftermath.

Warning: this presentation contains language and content that some may find disturbing.

Speaker Carol Ufford is a retired librarian and has been researching her family history for over 35 years. Her family has deep roots in Ontario, and she enjoys digging beyond the names and dates of her ancestors stories and learning about the lives they led. Carol is the current Toronto Branch Chair.

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.

Jun
3
Mon
Annual General Meeting
Jun 3 @ 7:00 pm

TORONTO BRANCH OGS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Access to the meeting is limited to current Toronto Branch members. If you are a member, please refer to the AGM package you received on May 15. It explains how to pre-register for the AGM and acquire your unique link to join the meeting.

For more information or if your AGM package doesn’t arrive, please click to contact us.

Jun
14
Fri
OGS Conference 2024—An Interactive Experience: Explore, Engage, Enjoy!
Jun 14 – Jun 16 all-day
OGS Conference 2024—An Interactive Experience: Explore, Engage, Enjoy! @ Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto Airport & Conference Centre

The Ontario Genealogical Society is holding its first in-person Conference in five years in Toronto—with the theme An Interactive Experience: Explore, Engage, Enjoy!

Conference 2024 runs from 14–16 June 2024 at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto Airport & Conference Centre near Pearson Airport, a fully accessible venue with lecture rooms, dining areas and vendor exhibits all under the same roof. A special event rate is available for Conference attendees wishing to stay at the hotel. Come early for “prequel” events on 13–14 June, including interactive workshops, tours of key Toronto research repositories and historic sites, and a full-day mini-conference on Artificial Intelligence and Genealogy, which is being presented both in-person and via live-stream.

The Conference weekend, which is in-person only, will be jam-packed with about 50 different sessions of varying lengths and formats, and more than 30 different speakers, including Blaine Bettinger, Paul Milner, Chris Paton, Jonny Perl, and Diahan Southard. Enjoy several special plenaries, including a lunchtime address by a familiar face from the stage and screen—Canada’s own R.H. Thomson.

All full weekend Conference registrants will automatically get access to Bonus Tracks—a special package of 18 additional pre-recorded sessions—most of which are not being offered live during Conference. This package is available for separate purchase for anyone unable to attend in person.

For full program details, registration options, and pricing, click here to visit the Conference website.

Please note that Conference attendees must register before June 1. Walk-in registration will not be possible.

Jun
24
Mon
Ontario’s Records of Inheritance on Family Search
Jun 24 @ 7:30 pm
Ontario’s Records of Inheritance on Family Search @ Attend in person or register for online webinar.

Are you ready to go beyond census and births, marriages, and deaths? Estate files are rich source for finding family connections and revealing our ancestor’s social and financial circumstances, maybe even personality. As court records, they tend to be very reliable—and even come with indexes.

Now that FamilySearch.org has digitized an extensive collection of Ontario surrogate court and Court of Probate records—we can discover these treasures from home.

This session will give a brief overview of how the court system worked in Ontario and a step-by-step explanation of how to access the records. It will concentrate on York County records available through FamilySearch.

Jane E. MacNamara, Toronto, is the author of Inheritance in Ontario: Wills and other Records for Family Historians (OGS/Dundurn) and writes about genealogy at wherethestorytakesme.ca. A long time member of OGS, Jane lectures about research methodology, Ontario, and English family history to genealogical and historical groups throughout southern Ontario. She teaches courses for Toronto Branch, most notably hands-on courses at the Archives of Ontario.

OPENING ACT:
Toronto Branch member Helen Billing will present Why did they go to Australia? What did they do there?
A box of documents and memorabilia given to Helen Billing and her husband spurred them to research why Frederick and Edward Billing went to Western Australia in 1896. Letters, photos, mining certificates and some artifacts provided them with a basis for searching newspapers and other contemporary records. A trip to Kalgourlie/Boulder Archives added more information.

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.

Aug
6
Tue
The Toronto History Lecture
Aug 6 @ 7:30 pm
The Toronto History Lecture @ ONLINE LECTURE

THE 2024 TORONTO HISTORY LECTURE
Join us for the 13th Toronto History Lecture. This year’s lecture will be: Rebuilding the Body in WWI Toronto

Speaker: Kristen den Hartog

At the end of the First World War, wounded soldiers were coming home in huge numbers, and the country was scrambling for space to treat them all. By 1919, the Christie Street Hospital opened in a renovated cash register factory. Kristen den Hartog’s 2024 Toronto History Lecture gives us a glimpse of this fascinating place, of its diverse group of patients and staff, and the role it played in Toronto’s rich history.

The lecture is free, but registration is required. Click here for more information and to reserve your space online.

Sep
12
Thu
Understanding Ontario Land Registry Records
Sep 12 @ 7:30 pm – Sep 26 @ 7:30 pm
Understanding Ontario Land Registry Records @ THREE-SESSION ONLINE COURSE | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

Three-session online course:
September 12, 19 and 26, 2024

$35 OGS members / $40 non-members

Despite the 2020 closure of Land Registry Offices, Ontario land registry records are becoming more available than ever before—particularly for researchers at a distance. For those new to these records, words like lot, concession, plan, abstract index, and instrument can be confusing. But they are also crucial to locating a parcel of land and the records of ownership. This three-session course (back by popular demand) will focus on helping you understand how land is divided and identified in Ontario both historically and today.

The course will demonstrate sources to help you find your ancestor’s property description and then locate it on a map. We’ll also look at how you can use the property description to find the records of purchases and other transactions using OnLand.ca, FamilySearch.org, microfilmed records at the Archives of Ontario, and original records deposited at local archives. While Crown Land records and Land Titles will be covered briefly, the emphasis will be on Land Registry records.

There will be homework! Please plan on time between classes for a little online reading and to check out some suggested websites. Each session, including discussion, will be recorded and archived for a limited time, but for the most benefit, please try to participate in the live Zoom session.


Jane E. MacNamara, Toronto, is the author of Inheritance in Ontario: Wills and other Records for Family Historians (OGS/Dundurn) and writes about genealogy at wherethestorytakesme.ca. A long time member of OGS, Jane lectures about research methodology, Ontario, and English family history to genealogical and historical groups throughout southern Ontario. She teaches courses for Toronto Branch OGS, most notably hands-on courses about Ontario records.

Space is limited. Click here to register for the course.

Sep
23
Mon
Money Talks: Translating Value Over Time
Sep 23 @ 7:30 pm
Money Talks: Translating Value Over Time @ Attend in person or register for online webinar.

Drew von Hasselbach’s great-great-granduncle bought a property in Ontario for 17 pounds and 10 shillings in 1837. But how much is that in today’s money? Drew was a reporter at the Financial Post for 20 years, and he’ll show you how to figure that out.

Speaker Drew von Hasselbach is a lawyer and journalist who has been doing genealogical research for more than 30 years. He received a Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies from the National Institute of Genealogical Studies in October 2022. He has experience researching records in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Germany and Eastern Europe. He reads English, French, German and Latin. Since 2017, Drew has been with Global news, where he is currently head of the copy desk, supervising a team of editors who review stories before publication on the web, and training reporters on news writing techniques. Outside of work, you might find him playing guitar with other journalists in the band Conrad Black Sabbath.

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.