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Quebec Family History Workshop

April 16, 2016 @ 8:45 am – 4:30 pm
North York Central Library
5120 Yonge St
North York, ON M2N
Early Bird Fee (paid by March 19) $55 ($50 for OGS members) Regular fee $65 ($60 for OGS members)

This full day workshop is jointly sponsored by the Canadiana Department at the North York Central Library and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society.

Registration is required.  Registration is now open.

ChateauFrontenac-Quebec posterThis workshop will discuss the beginnings of New France from the time of its first trading posts and then the establishment of early settlements along the St Lawrence River up to the present day creation of major cities in modern Quebec. If you have ancestors who lived in “La Belle Province” you should join us as we examine some of the richest and best documented genealogy records in the world. The sessions will cover the ways in which to find the Church, Civil, Probate and other valuable materials as well as those that exist in the Quebec National Library and Archives.

For more details about the workshop, please click here.

Workshop Speakers:

Gary Schroder has been the President of the Quebec Family History Society since 1995. He has been the Chair of numerous International Conferences on Family History held at McGill University including Roots 2015. He has taught family history courses at McGill University and Champlain College as well as lecturing across North America on a wide variety of genealogical topics. He has been a researcher/consultant on most of the major genealogical television programs including the American and British Versions of Who Do You Think You Are. He was a Member of the Special Advisory Board of Library and Archives Canada and has been a frequent guest on Canadian Radio. His primary research interests are Canada, England, Ireland, and Military Records for Family Historians.

Denyse Beaugrand-Champagne is Reference Archivist at BAnQ Vieux-Montreal; she holds a M.A. in History.  She has held numerous seminars and given genealogical lectures on a wide variety of genealogical topics in French and English to genealogical and historical societies as well as being a research consultant on the major genealogical TV programs like Who Do You Think Are? on NBC and CBC. She is presently the genealogist behind the Quebec French version Qui êtes vous? on Radio-Canada.  Ms. Beaugrand-Champagne is a regular member of Meet the Experts Panel for the QFHS international conferences; she has published many articles in specialized publications in Europe and America. She is also a consultant for American, Canadian and English attorneys and heir research firms and she specializes in genealogical brick-wall cases.

Dan Horner is an historian of nineteenth century Quebec. His research examines how Montreal functioned as a hub of transatlantic migration, with an emphasis on urban governance, authority and popular culture. He has published several articles on migration, public life and popular politics in nineteenth century Montreal. His first monograph, based on his doctoral dissertation, is entitled Taking to the Streets: Crowds, Identity and Politics in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Montreal and is under contract with McGill-Queen’s University Press. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminology at Ryerson University, where he teaches courses on historical and contemporary issues affecting the Canadian criminal justice system.

North York Central Library is located at 5120 Yonge Street, just steps away from North York Civic Centre; it is a short walk from North York Centre subway station on the Yonge line.

By public transit: North York Central Library is connected directly to the North York Centre subway station, on the Yonge line. Inter-city trains and buses link with the subway at Union, Dundas, or York Mills stations. Allow at least 35 minutes from Union or Dundas, or 15 minutes from York Mills, to get to North York Centre.

By car: North York Central Library is at 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto M2N 6M1, on the west side at Park Home Avenue (about halfway between Sheppard and Finch). From Highway 401, exit northbound at Yonge Street; proceed north to Park Home Avenue (6th or 7th traffic light) and turn left. The most convenient parking is under the building—enter from Novotel on Park Home Avenue, or from Beecroft Road (parallel and west of Yonge Street). There is also a large outdoor parking lot on the west side of Beecroft Road.

North York Central Library 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

For information about our policies on registration, cancellation and refunds, late registration and at-the-door registration, visit our policies page. Please note: A registrant who withdraws from a course or workshop before the start date will receive a full refund minus a $5 administration fee. All fee refunds will be issued by the Branch Treasurer.

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