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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

Sep
23
Mon
7:30 pm The Spanish Flu
The Spanish Flu
Sep 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Spanish Flu @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
THE SPANISH FLU, TORONTO’S – CANADA’S FORGOTTEN PANDEMIC Speaker: Mike Clare The story of the Spanish Flu epidemic in Canada and Toronto is a forgotten one. Why? It has been called the most documented epidemic[...]
Oct
28
Mon
7:30 pm Searching for Benedict Arnold
Searching for Benedict Arnold
Oct 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Searching for Benedict Arnold @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
SEARCHING FOR BENEDICT ARNOLD AND FINDING A DIFFERENT LOYALIST ARNOLD SPY Speaker: Beth Adams Wouldn’t it be great to prove Grover Cleveland was related to Benedict Arnold?  Sadly, Beth has yet to make that magical[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Sep
24
Tue
6:30 pm Genealogy Resources in TPL’s Cat...
Genealogy Resources in TPL’s Cat...
Sep 24 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Genealogy Resources in TPL's Catalogue @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
TUESDAY, September 24 Co-sponsored with the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library The Toronto Reference Library contains many excellent genealogy resources. This hands-on class will demonstrate how to use the Toronto[...]
Sep
26
Thu
4:00 pm Hands-On Criminal Justice Records
Hands-On Criminal Justice Records
Sep 26 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hands-On Criminal Justice Records @ Archives of Ontario | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Hands-On Criminal Justice Records of 19th Century Ontario Family historians are always seeking records that will help us tell the story of our ancestors’ lives. We want more than just names, dates and places. But[...]
Sep
30
Mon
10:00 am Osgoode Hall Tour
Osgoode Hall Tour
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Osgoode Hall Tour @ Osgoode Hall, Rotunda | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
OSGOODE HALL TOUR This tour is co-sponsored with the Osgoode Hall Facilities & Planning and Library Client Services. While being guided through this National Historic site, you will learn about the history of the Law[...]
Oct
9
Wed
6:15 pm Library & Archives Canada: A Gol...
Library & Archives Canada: A Gol...
Oct 9 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Library & Archives Canada: A Goldmine @ Toronto Reference Library
Cancelled A GOLDMINE for FAMILY RESEARCHERS: LIBRARY & ARCHIVES CANADA Wednesdays, October 9, 16 and 23 (3 week course) Co-sponsored with the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library. This course has[...]
Oct
18
Fri
2:00 pm Try Your Hand at Genetic Genealogy
Try Your Hand at Genetic Genealogy
Oct 18 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Try Your Hand at Genetic Genealogy @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This workshop is now full.  Please contact torontocourses@ogs.on.ca to be put on the waiting list.   Intensive Hands-on Session:  Try Your Hand at Genetic Genealogy with Diahan Southard Working in pairs or small groups you will[...]

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?