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Jan
23
Thu
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, when land in Upper Canada was being granted by the Crown. This 3-session course provides an introduction to the land granting process and the main types of Crown Lands records. Learn how to use the finding aids and collections at the Archives of Ontario (including those digitized and on microfilm from Library and Archives Canada) to document a person’s acquisition of (or attempt to acquire) land in Upper Canada.

Participants will work in small groups following case histories through the records. Registrants will be expected to do some assigned background reading before each class. (Assignments will be distributed by email.) It is important that participants commit to attending all three sessions.

(The new Hands-on Land Registry Records course is logical complement to this course. They can be taken in either order.)

This course is offered in partnership with the Archives of Ontario.

Course Instructor: Jane E. MacNamara
Jane E. MacNamara is the author of Inheritance in Ontario: Wills and other Records for Family Historians (OGS/Dundurn, 2013) 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 the OGS Toronto Branch, most notably hands-on courses about Ontario records.

HOW TO GET TO THE COURSE LOCATION
The Archives of Ontario is on the Keele campus of York University.

By public transit: The Archives of Ontario is just steps from the new York University subway station. A number of regional bus services also stop at the campus. For information on transit options and directions, see the University’s webpage.

By car: The York University campus has some visitor parking. To see travel directions for drivers, go to this webpage.

Accessibility:
The Archives of Ontario building is wheelchair accessible. For more information about our policies on accessibility, visit our policies page. For assistance with a specific accommodation request, please send an email message to torontocourses@ogs.on.ca.

Feb
13
Thu
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 the Crown and a patent issued, an owner could register land transfers and other transactions like mortgages and wills, in the Land Registry Office. Set up in 1795, the Land Registry was used in Southern Ontario for post-patent transactions until the late 1960s when a gradual phase-in of the Land Titles System began. Land Titles was devised in 1885 and was used for new patents in Northern Ontario from that point. This course will concentrate on research in rural and urban Land Registry Records at the Archives of Ontario, online at FamilySearch, and using the new ONLand website.

Participants will work in small groups following case histories through the records. Registrants will be expected to do some assigned background reading and experimenting before each class. (Assignments will be distributed by email.) It is important that participants commit to attending both sessions.

(This new course complements the Hands-on Early Ontario Land Records course but that course is not a prerequisite. They can be taken in either order.)

This course is offered in partnership with the Archives of Ontario.

Course Instructor: Jane E. MacNamara
Jane E. MacNamara is the author of Inheritance in Ontario: Wills and other Records for Family Historians (OGS/Dundurn, 2013) 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 the OGS Toronto Branch, most notably hands-on courses about Ontario records.

HOW TO GET TO THE COURSE LOCATION
The Archives of Ontario is on the Keele campus of York University.

By public transit: The Archives of Ontario is just steps from the new York University subway station. A number of regional bus services also stop at the campus. For information on transit options and directions, see the University’s webpage.

By car: The York University campus has some visitor parking. To see travel directions for drivers, go to this webpage.

Accessibility:
The Archives of Ontario building is wheelchair accessible. For more information about our policies on accessibility, visit our policies page. For assistance with a specific accommodation request, please send an email message to torontocourses@ogs.on.ca.

Mar
25
Wed
Genealogy Resources in TPL’s Catalogue
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 on the open shelves such as how-to guides, directories, and maps as well as “hidden” collections in the closed stacks. Discover what treasures may be available for your specific region of interest by country, province, state or county.

Level:  Intermediate

Registration is required.  Sorry, this session is now fully booked. Click here to add your name to the waiting list.

Course Instructor: Librarian

HOW TO GET TO THE COURSE LOCATION
The Toronto Reference Library building is on the east side of  Yonge Street, one block north of Bloor Street.

By public transit:
The closest TTC subway station is Bloor/Yonge.

Driving to the Library is not recommended. Parking in the immediate area is limited.

Accessibility:
The Toronto Reference Library building is wheelchair accessible. For more information about our policies on accessibility, visit our policies page.

For assistance with a specific accommodation request, please email us at torontocourses@ogs.on.ca.

Apr
23
Thu
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 maps, city directories, passenger lists, historical atlases, digitized and microfilmed newspapers, indexes to births, marriages and deaths and so much more! Learn how to search the various catalogues including those for the collections of the Ontario Genealogical Society, Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto and the Canadian Society of Mayflower Descendants. Upon completion of the tour, participants are invited to research their family history with the assistance of library staff. Please bring your library card or other form of identification in order to request documents.

The tour is free, but registration is required. Numbers are limited.

HOW TO GET TO THE COURSE LOCATION
The Toronto Reference Library building is on the east side of Yonge Street, one block north of Bloor Street.  The Genealogy Collection tour is on the second floor.

By public transit:
The closest TTC subway station is Bloor/Yonge.

Driving to the Library is not recommended as parking in the immediate area is limited.

Accessibility:
The Toronto Reference Library building is wheelchair accessible. For more information about our policies on accessibility, visit our policies page. For assistance with a specific accommodation request, email us at torontocourses@ogs.on.ca.