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February 2018 meeting

Our next Toronto Branch meeting will take place on Monday, February 26 starting at 7:30 pm at Lansing United Church at Poyntz Avenue and Beecroft Road in North York.

Increasingly, academic institutions are undertaking research that involves digitizing materials and compiling historical databases for computer analysis and interpretation. These “digital humanities” projects, which combine history and social sciences with computing, can often be valuable resources for genealogy as well. Speaker Marian Press will bring us up to speed on both new and established projects in our main presentation at the February meeting, Digital Humanities for Family Historians — An Update for 2018.

Exterior view of Queen's College, Cambridge

Queen’s College, Cambridge (image courtesy of Diana Thomson)

Refreshments will not be served at this meeting but there are plenty of spots nearby to pick up a quick coffee, tea or snack. After the break, we’ll close out the meeting with a mini-presentation from Beth-Lynn Adams titled Chasing Betts Houses.

As usual, the Members Network will be gathering in advance of the main meeting, beginning at 6:15 p.m. — this is an opportunity to share your family history experiences and questions in an informal setting. All Branch members are welcome to join in.

Lansing United Church is a short walk from the Sheppard-Yonge subway station. Parking on local streets is free after 6:00 p.m and there are pay parking options nearby. Please leave the few spaces in the church parking lot for members with accessibility needs.

Toronto Branch meetings are free to attend and all are welcome. To find out what’s in store over the next few months, visit our Meetings page.

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Toronto Branch Meetings

Oct
22
Mon
7:30 pm Welcoming Newcomers
Welcoming Newcomers
Oct 22 @ 7:30 pm
Welcoming Newcomers @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
WELCOMING NEWCOMERS: CANADA’S ETHNIC BENEVOLENT SOCIETIES Speaker: Jane E. MacNamara Established in the 1830s and before, societies like St. Andrew’s, St. George’s, St. Patrick’s and many other ethnic-based benevolent organizations provided guidance, financial and social[...]
Nov
26
Mon
7:30 pm Great Moments in Genealogy
Great Moments in Genealogy
Nov 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Great Moments in Genealogy @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
In keeping with our very popular annual tradition, eight Toronto Branch members will be sharing “great moments” in their family history research in a series of short presentations as follows:   Patricia Clesle: Using Newspapers[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Oct
26
Fri
2:30 pm Advanced English Research
Advanced English Research
Oct 26 @ 2:30 pm – 5:15 pm
Advanced English Research @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Need help finding your English ancestors before the civil records of the 19th Century?  International author and lecturer Paul Milner will lead a mini-workshop covering two important resources for the advanced English researcher. Navigating the[...]
Oct
27
Sat
8:30 am English Genealogy Before 1837
English Genealogy Before 1837
Oct 27 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
English Genealogy Before 1837 @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
ENGLISH GENEALOGY BEFORE 1837: RESEARCHING PRE-VICTORIAN RECORDS Join us for a full day with two outstanding experts in the field of English genealogy.  International lecturer and author Paul Milner and our own James F.S. Thomson[...]
Nov
7
Wed
2:00 pm Advanced Research Skills
Advanced Research Skills
Nov 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Advanced Research Skills @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This course is now full.  To be put on the waiting list, email us at courses@torontofamilyhistory.org   Course runs on three Wednesday afternoons: November 7, 14 and 21 Co-sponsored with the Humanities and Social Sciences[...]
6:15 pm Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Nov 7 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Course runs on three consecutive Wednesday evenings: November 7, 14 and 21. Co-sponsored with the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library. This course is for genealogists with well-researched family trees that[...]
Nov
10
Sat
10:00 am TRL Genealogy Collection Tour
TRL Genealogy Collection Tour
Nov 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
TRL Genealogy Collection Tour @ Toronto Reference Library, 2nd Floor | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
  TOUR OF THE GENEALOGY COLLECTION AT THE TORONTO REFERENCE LIBRARY Co-sponsored with the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library. Discover one of the largest genealogy collections in Canada. Explore the[...]

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?