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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 Ancestry.ca 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

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?