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Advanced Research Skills

November 7, 2018 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1
789 Yonge St
Toronto, ON M4W 2G8
$65 ($55 for OGS Members)
This course is now full.  To be put on the waiting list, email us at


Course runs on three Wednesday afternoons: November 7, 14 and 21

Co-sponsored with the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library.

This course will teach you how to do online research like a pro. Learn how databases and search engines are constructed. Understand how information is stored and retrieved, so that you can increase your odds of finding that elusive record or ancestor. Get tips for using internet search engines and major genealogical databases such as Ancestry, FindMyPast and FamilySearch more effectively. Be introduced to a host of databases that are not aimed at family historians but are full of relevant information and readily available through public and academic libraries. The overarching theme is that the techniques you learn will help you better search all of the many, many online databases available to genealogists.

Level:  Intermediate

Registration is required.  Register now.

Course Instructor: Marian Press

Marian Press, MLS, MA, is a retired academic librarian, her work directly involving the use of digital resources and the instruction of graduate students on research methodology. She is a frequent speaker at genealogical workshops and conferences. She has been doing her own family history for 30+ years and has 90% Scottish ancestry with one Irish and one English line. She shares her research on two family blogs and in genealogy journals, and is about to publish her first family history book.

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 extremely limited.

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 send an email message to

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