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Fall learning: Land records and Ukraine

The fall learning opportunities at Toronto Branch continue! November’s bounty includes a timely two-part lecture series on Ukrainian family history and a reprise of our very popular three-week course on Ontario land registry records. All these sessions will be online via Zoom, and all will be recorded, so registrants who can’t attend live will be able to access the recordings for a limited time.

November 3, 10 and 17—7:30 pm (Eastern Time): UNDERSTANDING ONTARIO LAND REGISTRY RECORDS
Over three Thursday evenings, Jane MacNamara will help you understand how land is divided and identified in Ontario both historically and today, and show you how to find a property description, locate the corresponding parcel of land on a map, and document how and when it changed hands through the years. Learn about the wealth of valuable genealogical information you can discover if you add land records to your research.

Cost: $35 ($30 for members of the Ontario Genealogical Society)

Find out more about this three-session online course.


November 23 and 30—7:30 pm (Eastern Time): UKRAINIAN GENEALOGY
On the last two Wednesday evenings of the month, we’ll explore resources for researching Ukrainian genealogy and demonstrate their use in a case study.

In part 1, Genealogical Research in Ukraine, author and former journalist Vera Ivanova Miller will update us on the rapidly-changing landscape of Ukrainian genealogy. The war in Ukraine is driving the effort to digitize archival records at a speed never seen before—more and more records are coming online every day, and new databases are allowing researchers to finally confirm or deny whispers and rumours about their ancestors’ experiences during World War II.

In part 2, In Search of our Past: My Parents as Case Studies, we’ll find out how the sources that are available can be used to document and flesh out family memories and connections. Historian, writer and playwright Dr. Marianne Fedunkiw will join us to share her research into her own Ukrainian history and heritage, and stories of her relatives both in Canada and “back home”. 

Cost: $20 ($15 for members of the Ontario Genealogical Society)

Find out more and register now for this two-part online lecture series.

Image of Marianne Fedunkiw's maternal grandmother's Ukrainian passport, with which she arrived in Canada in 1924