An organization of family historians, some with Toronto roots, others who live in Toronto, we have ancestors around the world.

Calendar

Sep
26
Sun
Tips for a Terrific Presentation
Sep 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Tips for a Terrific Presentation @ WEBINAR

Thinking about making a genealogy presentation for the first time, but the idea makes you stressed? We can help! Learn how to set up a simple PowerPoint presentation, and some tricks to make it pop. Get expert speaking tips to keep your audience spellbound.

Speakers: 

Dawn Kelly has been a radio newscaster for 36 years. For the past 23 she has worked as a national newscaster at The Canadian Press, winning national and international awards. Dawn embarked on a search for her Irish ancestors many years ago, only to discover she has deep French-Canadian and Acadian roots. She started spending her vacations visiting archives to find out more about her pioneer ancestors who settled in Nova Scotia and Quebec. Dawn is a direct descendant of 32 Filles à Marier and 50 Filles du Roi at last count and is fascinated by their stories.

Shari Read left behind a career in marketing and communications to spend more time tracking down her elusive ancestors.  She has made more PowerPoint presentions than she can count, on topics ranging from the Vikings to Viagra.  She has been a Toronto Branch member for several years and has served on the Education Committee for the last five.

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Free for Toronto Branch members. Use promo code from the July/August Update (Toronto Twig) email.

Oct
13
Wed
Understanding Ontario’s Crown Land Records
Oct 13 @ 7:00 pm
Understanding Ontario's Crown Land Records @ THREE-SESSION ONLINE COURSE | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

Three-session online course:
7:00 pm to about 8:30 pm
October 13, 20 and 27, 2021
$30 OGS members / $35 non-members

This online course will focus on the process involved in acquiring (or attempting to acquire) land from the Crown in early Upper Canada, and the records that were generated. Understanding the process is key to navigating the complicated but wonderfully rich set of records. An astounding quantity of material from the late 18th and early 19th centuries has survived and is now available free online or on microfilm by interloan. We’ll look at several big indexes to collections at the Archives of Ontario and Library and Archives Canada, and digitized records on FamilySearch, Canadiana, and at LAC.

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. Space is limited. Register early to reserve your spot!


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.

Nov
17
Wed
Ontario Census: Online Lecture Series
Nov 17 @ 7:30 pm
Ontario Census: Online Lecture Series @ FOUR-SESSION ONLINE SERIES | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

Four-session online series:
7:30 pm to about 9:00 pm
November 17, 18, 24 and 25, 2021
$20 OGS members / $25 non-members

This four-session series will take a detailed look at census records for Ontario. We’ll look at why and how the records were created, how the process changed over the years—and how those factors impact on the ways we search for our families. We’ll go way beyond the quick snapshot of a household to find rich information about community and location. And if your ancestors were too early or seem to be missing from the census, there will be tips to help you find them—or understand why they’re not included.

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. Space is limited. Register early to reserve your spot!


November 17: Ontario Census Fundamentals
The census is one of the first records most genealogists discover, but we don’t always know what we don’t know. Starting with the 1851/2 census, this session will cover all the little details you might have missed: dates of enumeration, enumerators’ instructions, common enumerators’ practices, explicit and implicit information, abbreviations, quirks of each census year, non-population schedules, missing districts, strategies for finding people when the search engine doesn’t work, what’s where and why.

Speaker: Janice Nickerson is a professional genealogist based in Toronto. Her expertise includes Upper Canadian history, criminal justice records, turning bare bones genealogies into shareable family stories, and using genealogy gifts and games to create a legacy. Visit Janice’s website: uppercanadagenealogy.com


November 18: Locating a Property Using the Census
Census records can be used for more than just finding the names, ages, birth places, and occupations of our ancestors. Starting with the 1851/2 census this session will walk through the different processes for searching the surviving census schedules to locate where our ancestors lived in Ontario. Depending on the enumerator and what they recorded we might be able to find the exact address of a property and even locate it on a modern day map.

Speaker: Ken McKinlay, Ottawa, has been researching his family tree for over 20 years and discoveries are still being made. He has given talks for several branches of OGS, BIFHSGO, and the Ottawa Public Library. Ken shares the methodologies that he uses in his own research on his blog familytreeknots.blogspot.com


November 24: Census and the Community
Our ancestors did not live in isolation; they belonged to communities. Learning about our ancestors’ communities can help us understand them better, identify new sources of information and provide the evidence you need to be sure you have the right people. This session will show you how to use the census to learn more about your ancestors’ neighbours and community and how to use information you already have about your ancestors’ community to help you find your ancestors.

Speaker: Janice Nickerson is a professional genealogist based in Toronto. Her expertise includes Upper Canadian history, criminal justice records, turning bare bones genealogies into shareable family stories, and using genealogy gifts and games to create a legacy. Visit Janice’s website: uppercanadagenealogy.com


November 25: Early Census and Similar Lists
This session will look at census returns and census substitutes prior to the 1851/2 census of Canada West. While earlier returns are not comprehensive or easy to use, we’ll look at the best places to view the images and tips to decipher them. We’ll also look at an assortment of lists created by various levels of government and institutions to document inhabitants. The session will help you think creatively about what type of lists might exist for your ancestors and where you may find them.

Speaker: 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.