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Fall 2018 courses and workshops

Registration is now open for the next semester of Toronto Branch educational activities, beginning in September 2018.

In store this fall: four courses, two workshops and one tour, with learning opportunities for both new and seasoned family historians.

On Thursday afternoons in September, join instructor Carol Nichols for Using Ancestry.ca Library Edition & FamilySearch.org, a hands-on three-week course on how to get started with two of the largest free databases of Canadian and international records.

No longer a beginner? Learn how to move to the next level and tackle online databases like a pro, with our three-week course on Advanced Research Skills with instructor Marian Press on Wednesday afternoons in November.

Interested in using the results of your autosomal DNA testing to confirm and expand on your family tree? Consider our three-week Introduction to Genetic Genealogy course with instructor Linda Reid on Wednesday evenings in November.

If you have English ancestors, mark your calendar for the last weekend of October! We’re planning an exciting two days of learning devoted to English genealogy.

Cottage in the English Cotswolds

Cotswold cottage, photo by Shari Read

International author and lecturer Paul Milner will lead a mini-workshop covering two key topics in Advanced English Research on the afternoon of Friday October 26—“Navigating the English Probate System” and “Finding 17th Century Ancestors in England”. And Paul will be joined by our own Branch expert James F.S. Thomson on Saturday October 27 for a full-day workshop on English Genealogy Before 1837: Researching pre-Victorian Records. Learn how to move back in time and trace your English roots before civil registration and censuses.

Visit our Learn with Toronto Branch pages for full details and to sign up online. Space is limited in all of our educational events and they can fill up quickly. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

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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?