Our first Toronto Branch event of 2023 is a series of online talks about one of the key areas for early Ontario family history research—land! Over three Thursday evenings in January, three in-demand speakers will explore some of the lesser-known but richest sources of land and family information—many of which are now digitized and available for free:
January 12—7:30 pm (Eastern): THE BEGINNING: FROM INDIGENOUS TO LOYALIST HANDS
Linda Corupe will explain how land formerly occupied by First Nations was granted to early settlers, including many United Empire Loyalists, and take us on the research journey of an American Loyalist descendant.
January 19—7:30 pm (Eastern): THE HEIR & DEVISEE COMMISSIONS FOR EARLY ONTARIO RESEARCH
Janice Nickerson will tell us about the Commissions set up to help sort through early land claims and the wealth of genealogical information that can be found in the records they generated.
January 26—7:30 pm (Eastern): UNTANGLING TOWNSHIP PAPERS
Jane E. MacNamara will show us how to search a special collection of “orphaned” land-related records sorted by township and lot, how to understand the documents in it, and how to follow the clues they provide.
Each session will consist of a presentation and an opportunity to ask questions. The lectures will be recorded, so that registrants who can’t attend the live presentations may watch at a more convenient time.