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Fall 2017 courses and workshops

The next semester of Toronto Branch educational activities begins in September 2017 and we have a very busy fall lineup this year, with three courses, two library tours, and two full-day workshops.

On Thursday afternoons in September, join instructor Carol Nichols for Hands-On Library Edition, a three-week course on using one of the largest databases of Canadian and international records. If you’re new to family history or looking to refresh your skills, consider our eight-week course on Tuesday evenings in October and November on Basic Genealogy and Family History, led by instructor Jane E. MacNamara. If you’ve had your DNA tested but aren’t sure what to do next, plan to attend our three-week Introduction to Genetic Genealogy course with instructor Linda Reid on Friday evenings in November. And don’t miss our two Saturday morning tours at the Toronto Reference Library — on 30 September, discover the Library’s extensive Genealogy Collection, and, on 9 December, visit the Baldwin Collection of Canadiana.

Eilean Donan CastleOur first fall 2017 workshop will take place on Saturday 28 October and is designed for family historians with Scottish ancestry and some familiarity with Scottish research. Instructor James F.S. Thomson will lead this one-day event on Researching Scottish Family History from the GTA: New Directions.

We’ll also be commemorating Canada’s sesquicentennial with a special workshop on Saturday 18 November, featuring a wide variety of speakers, topics and perspectives. Join us for Kanata to Canada: A Journey Through Time as we spend a day exploring the records and stories that chronicle our nation’s history.

Registration is now open for all of the above courses, workshops and tours. Visit our Learn with Toronto Branch pages for full details and to sign up online. Autumn may seem a long way off, but we encourage you to register early to avoid disappointment. Space is limited in all of our educational events and they can fill up quickly.

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Toronto Branch Meetings

7:30 pm Toronto’s Early Police Detectives
Toronto’s Early Police Detectives
Feb 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Ellen Maki Visiting the haunts of felons and searching pawn shops for stolen goods were some of the duties of Toronto’s Victorian police detectives. Who were the policemen who became detectives, and was their[...]
7:30 pm The Bachelorette New France
The Bachelorette New France
Mar 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Bachelorette New France @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
THE BACHELORETTE NEW FRANCE: Stories of Bigamy, Incest, Witchcraft and Murder Speakers: Dawn Kelly and Carol Ufford In 1630 New France was populated mainly by men. France recognized that there were threats to its economy[...]
7:30 pm Tracking an 18th Century Regiment
Tracking an 18th Century Regiment
Apr 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Tracking an 18th Century Regiment @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Sam Allison Genealogists can benefit from the techniques and sources used to write history books. Driv’n by Fortune is about a Scots regiment that settled in Canada. The 78th Fraser’s Highlanders (1756–63) defeated the French on the Plains of Abraham,[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

4:00 pm Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Mar 7 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records @ Archives of Ontario | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Course runs on three Thursdays: March 7, 14 and 21, 2019. Registration is now full. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list please send your email request  to Land records[...]

Other Events

all-day OGS Conference 2019
OGS Conference 2019
Jun 21 – Jun 23 all-day
OGS Conference 2019 @ London Convention Centre
The 2019 OGS Conference provides a great opportunity for family historians to attend stimulating workshops and lectures from engaging speakers from Canada and around the world, see what’s available in the genealogy Marketplace, catch up[...]

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?