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The Cemetery Beat

April showers bring… May shovels? As soon as the air begins to warm up, you can be sure that a dedicated band of Toronto Branch volunteers will be back at work again – uncovering and transcribing gravestones!

Our cemetery crew can usually be found at St James Cemetery, on Parliament Street just south of Bloor at the edge of the Don River Valley, on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings – outfitted with gardening gloves, picks, probes, shovels and notepads. Volunteers work together to locate plots according to cemetery maps and plot records. Sometimes this means getting down and dirty – especially when markers have been overgrown with sod or buried altogether. The next step is to decipher and write down the transcription on each stone. Some are poignant, some amusing, and some just puzzling – but they’re all fascinating. It’s a great way to spend a few hours!

Transcribers in St James Cemetery

Toronto Branch volunteers hard at work in St James Cemetery

 

Please contact us at cemeteries@torontofamilyhistory.org if you’d like to join in the transcribing fun. We’ll confirm the exact location where we’re working and what you need to bring with you when you get in touch. If you would like to help with our St James indexing but aren’t able to come out to the cemetery in person, let us know that too. We have other volunteers who are hard at work typing up our cemetery notes and entering them into a searchable database. That database will be available sooner with your help!

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50th Anniversary Reception

Toronto Branch Meetings

Oct
23
Mon
7:30 pm Toronto’s Massey Family
Toronto’s Massey Family
Oct 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Toronto's Massey Family @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Toronto’s Massey Family: A Story Told Through Postal History Speaker: Kathy Hartley Kathy Hartley spent decades researching her own family history before becoming a reference librarian at a philatelic research foundation in Toronto. Once there her[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Sep
7
Thu
2:00 pm Hands-On Ancestry.ca Library Edi...
Hands-On Ancestry.ca Library Edi...
Sep 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Hands-On Ancestry.ca Library Edition @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
  This course is on three Thursdays, September 7, 14 and 21, 2017. It is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library and Toronto Branch Ontario Genealogical Society Description:[...]
Sep
30
Sat
10:00 am TRL Genealogy Collection Tour
TRL Genealogy Collection Tour
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
TRL Genealogy Collection Tour @ Toronto Reference Library, 2nd Floor | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This tour is jointly sponsored by the Toronto Public Library and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. Registration is required.  Registration is now open. Genealogy Collection Tour at the Humanities & Social Science Department, Toronto Reference Library: Discover[...]
Oct
3
Tue
6:15 pm Basic Genealogy and Family History
Basic Genealogy and Family History
Oct 3 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Basic Genealogy and Family History @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This course is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Science Department at the Toronto Reference Library and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. This evening course is on 8 Tuesdays: October 3, 10, 17, 24,[...]
Oct
28
Sat
9:00 am Researching Scottish Family Hist...
Researching Scottish Family Hist...
Oct 28 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Researching Scottish Family History from the GTA:  New Directions @ Toronto Reference Library, Beeton Hall | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
  A FULL DAY WORKSHOP Jointly sponsored by the Toronto Branch of OGS and the Toronto Public Library Designed for those who have some experience of Scottish genealogy, this one-day event will show you newly available[...]

Other Events

Aug
9
Wed
7:30 pm Toronto History Lecture Series
Toronto History Lecture Series
Aug 9 @ 7:30 pm – Aug 23 @ 7:30 pm
Toronto History Lecture Series @ City of Toronto Archives | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
A SERIES OF THREE LECTURES TO MARK THE SESQUICENTENNIAL OF CANADA’S CONFEDERATION Wednesday 9 August, 7:30 pm Reconstructing a Lost World From a Photograph: Agnes and Terauley, ca 1910 Speaker: Bill Gladstone Wednesday 16 August,[...]

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?