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February 2017 Meeting

Our next Toronto Branch meeting will take place on Monday 27 February starting at 7:30 pm at Eglinton St George’s United Church at 35 Lytton Blvd in North Toronto (in the Sanctuary), and will feature a presentation on 19th Century English Gardeners, Horticulturalists, and Nurserymen.

Today many of us think of gardening as a pleasurable pastime, but in the nineteenth century it was a profession in which many men and women were employed. Speaker Ellen Maki will introduce us to several of the horticulturalists she has come across in her 30 years of genealogy research, and will highlight resources that can be used to learn about gardeners in any English family.

Gardens at Seaton Delaval Hall in Northumberland, England

During our mid-meeting break, drop by our information tables to find out about the spring semester of Branch courses, volunteer opportunities, membership benefits and other Branch news. Be sure to check out our “Rescue Me” collection of genealogy books, journals and CDs… free to a good home! You are welcome to bring your own gently used materials to add to the giveaway table, but please remember to take any that haven’t been adopted home with you at the end of the evening. We’ll close out our meeting with a short presentation by Ann Rexe and Patricia Sheehan on the Research Services available through Toronto Branch.

As usual, the Members Network will be gathering before the main meeting (beginning at 6:15) in the Eglinton Room.  All Branch members are welcome to participate and share experiences with others pursuing their family history research!

Eglinton St George’s is located a block west of Yonge Street between Eglinton and Lawrence Avenues—a short bus-ride or a reasonable walking distance from either the Eglinton or Lawrence subway station. If you’re driving, there is some local street parking and there are also three “Green P” parking lots close by.

To find out more about future Branch meetings, please visit our Meetings page or browse through our Calendar.

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Toronto Branch Meetings

Mar
27
Mon
7:30 pm What Lies Beneath
What Lies Beneath
Mar 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
What Lies Beneath @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Sherilyn L. Bell, BSc UE This lecture will provide an overview of a genealogy covering the early 1900s.  The subjects are not relatives of the speaker.  What started as a brief distraction from regular[...]
Apr
24
Mon
7:30 pm Ontario’s Second Wave of Settlers
Ontario’s Second Wave of Settlers
Apr 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Ontario's Second Wave of Settlers @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Ontario’s Second Wave of 19th Century Settlers: One Family’s Story Speaker: David Corkill By 1840 Upper Canada was a flourishing agricultural society. Along the lakeshores and on the Niagara Peninsula many mature communities were developing.[...]
May
29
Mon
7:30 pm Life on the Farm
Life on the Farm
May 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Life on the Farm @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Life on the Farm: Your Ancestor’s Place in Ontario Agriculture Speaker: Jane E. MacNamara We often think of farming as a traditional occupation—something that hasn’t really changed much. But that is not and was never[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Mar
25
Sat
10:00 am Introduction to Genealogy and Fa...
Introduction to Genealogy and Fa...
Mar 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Introduction to Genealogy and Family History @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
A HALF-DAY COURSE ON SATURDAY MARCH 25 FROM 10AM TO 4PM INCLUDING A 1-HOUR LUNCH BREAK This course is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library, the Toronto[...]
Apr
1
Sat
10:00 am TRL Genealogy Collection Tour
TRL Genealogy Collection Tour
Apr 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
TRL Genealogy Collection Tour @ Toronto Reference Library, 2nd Floor | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This tour is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library, and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. Registration is required.  This tour is now full.  Please contact courses@torontofamilyhistory.org for[...]
Apr
20
Thu
2:00 pm Using the iPad & iPhone for Gene...
Using the iPad & iPhone for Gene...
Apr 20 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Using the iPad & iPhone for Genealogy @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This course is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library,  and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. The course will be on three Thursdays: April 20, 27, and May[...]
Apr
29
Sat
11:00 am TRL Special Collections Centre Tour
TRL Special Collections Centre Tour
Apr 29 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
TRL Special Collections Centre Tour @ Toronto Reference Library, 5th Floor | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This tour is jointly sponsored by the Marilyn & Charles Baillie Special Collections Centre at the Toronto Reference Library, the Toronto Public Library, and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. Registration is required.  Registration is now[...]

Other Events

Jun
16
Fri
all-day OGS Conference 2017
OGS Conference 2017
Jun 16 – Jun 18 all-day
OGS Conference 2017 @ Algonquin College | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Our Canada—Your Family: Building a Nation/ JUNE 16–18 Members of all 34 branches and special interest groups of the Ontario Genealogical Society and other family historians from across North America and around the world 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? And that Toronto Branch belongs to the Federation of Genealogical Societies, which means our members can also subscribe to findmypast.com at special rates?