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Doors Open 2014

Doors Open – an annual celebration of community heritage – is one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the year in cities and towns across Ontario. On Doors Open days, heritage buildings and sites – many of which are not normally open to the public – invite residents and visitors in for an up-close behind-the-scenes look at their architecture, facilities and operations. In Toronto, Doors Open has been running since 2000 and has drawn more than two million visitors to date. This year’s Doors Open Toronto is a weekend affair, on May 24 and 25, with walking tours, special activities and free access to 155 sites – places of worship, educational institutions, museums, theatres, gardens, and more. The 2014 event theme is Secrets and Spirits…Exploring the Mysteries Behind the Door. Among the many treats in store for participants are hidden spaces, secret treasures and stories of intrigue and haunting!

Historic 19th-century sites opening their doors for the first time this year in Toronto include the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse (built 1808), the Bank of Upper Canada building (built 1827-1834) and the Cornell Campbell House (built 1836). There are also plenty of spots to visit that will hold particular appeal for family historians – the Archives of Ontario, the City of Toronto Archives, the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, the Toronto Reference Library and the Toronto Necropolis, to name just a few. For a full list of places to go and things to do, visit Toronto’s Doors Open website.

Photo of City of Toronto Archives

City of Toronto Archives, 255 Spadina Rd
Photo courtesy of Jane E. MacNamara

And if your Doors Open plans include a stop at the City of Toronto Archives on Saturday May 24, keep an eye out for the Toronto Branch table. Volunteers will be on hand to offer information about genealogy resources and help you with your research questions. In keeping with this year’s theme, we’ll also invite you to try your hand at finding hidden clues to crack some family history mysteries.

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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
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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
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Aug 9 @ 7:30 pm – Aug 23 @ 7:30 pm
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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?