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Change. Challenge. Promise.

Three words that describe what’s in store for Toronto Branch and our members in 2016!

For many years, the Branch has held its monthly meetings at the North York Central Library. However, over the next few months, the NYCL will be undergoing major renovations, and the Canadiana Department, which has been a key partner in Toronto Branch workshops and other educational events, will be dismantled. While 2016 will bring to an end a long and valued relationship for the Branch, it will also mark a new beginning, as we get set to relocate most of our Branch activities to beautiful and spacious new quarters at Eglinton St George’s United Church just west of Yonge between Eglinton and Lawrence in North Toronto.

Conference 2016 logoThere’s another reason, though, that 2016 is shaping up to be a big year for Toronto Branch. We are hosting the biggest genealogical event in Canada – the annual Conference of our parent organization, the Ontario Genealogical Society. Registration is now open for Conference 2016, which will take place from June 3rd to 5th at the International Plaza Hotel near Pearson Airport. The Conference theme is “Genealogy on the Cutting Edge” and the organizing committee is making sure that every aspect of the program lives up to that demanding standard.  We can’t wait to welcome our enthusiastic speakers and exhibitors, and of course hundreds of eager family historians, and show off our city’s splendid collection of libraries and archives. You won’t want to miss it!

And there’s still more… our winter season of educational programming is just about to begin! In February 2016, Toronto Branch is offering a series of courses on social history, and an introductory course on the basics of genealogy and family history. We’ll be hosting a workshop led by the Ulster Historical Foundation as part of its North American Tour in March, and we’re looking forward to another workshop in April on Quebec family history. Did we mention our fabulous monthly meetings and presentations, which are now being live-streamed for those who can’t attend in person? And our active Special Interest Groups? What’s in store for the fall… wait and see!

Is this going to be a busy year? You bet! But we think it’s going to be one of the most interesting and rewarding years ever to be a Toronto Branch member.

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Toronto Branch Meetings

Jan
27
Mon
7:30 pm We all have a story to tell!
We all have a story to tell!
Jan 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
We all have a story to tell! @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speakers: Marian Press, Sheelagh Hysenaj, Carol Nichols and Diana Varma We all have a story to tell! This meeting will give you insight on how best to tell yours. Our presentation will take on a[...]
Feb
24
Mon
7:30 pm York’s Underground Railroad
York’s Underground Railroad
Feb 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
York's Underground Railroad @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
YORK COUNTY AND THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD  Speaker: Guylaine Petrin  In honour of Black History Month, Guylaine Petrin will give a special presentation on York County and the Underground Railroad.  During the last 30 years, York[...]
Mar
23
Mon
7:30 pm Records of Migration at the AO
Records of Migration at the AO
Mar 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Records of Migration at the AO @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
RECORDS OF MIGRATION AND SETTLEMENT AT THE ARCHIVES OF ONTARIO: Speaker: Jane E. MacNamara Since its founding, Ontario has been involved in supporting and promoting settlement. This lecture will look at the major groups of[...]
Apr
27
Mon
7:30 pm Closing the Loop
Closing the Loop
Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Closing the Loop @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
CLOSING THE LOOP: THE LONG JOURNEY TO RECONNECT WITH A UKRAINIAN FAMILY Speaker: Terry Maurice Researching Eastern European genealogy presents many daunting challenges to the family historian. Unfamiliarity with the languages, history and geography of[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Jan
23
Thu
4:00 pm Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
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,[...]
Feb
13
Thu
4:00 pm Hands-On Land Registry Records
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 now open. Once land was granted by the Crown and a patent issued, an owner could register land transfers and other transactions like[...]
Mar
25
Wed
6:30 pm Genealogy Resources in TPL’s Cat...
Genealogy Resources in TPL’s Cat...
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[...]

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?