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Courses

Many courses are intended for beginners or those still learning the basic techniques of genealogy while some courses are aimed at people who have many years of experience who are looking to fine-tune a specific skill, enhance an area of knowledge, or just keep up-to-date. Each year Toronto Branch’s education committee plans a mixture of courses that will enable everyone to find something of interest. (And we’re always looking for new ideas.)

Courses can be as short as two weeks and as long as eight weeks. Occasionally, we pack a whole course into one day! But they’re always inspiring—and fun. Class sizes are kept small to allow discussion with your instructor and fellow students.

Our courses are popular! We recommend that you register early. It is quick and easy with our online system. You can pay with your credit card, PayPal account, or print the form and send us a cheque. (Just follow the links for each course.)

Members of Toronto Branch OGS are first in line to hear about educational events, and benefit from a lower registration fee. We’d love to have you join us!


Join us next Fall to advance your genealogical skills by attending one of our courses:

Library & Archives Canada (“LAC”): A Goldmine for Family History
Along with the archives at LAC, two special on-line collections are now freely available: Canadiana & Heritage.  Guylaine Petrin will guide you through researching on these websites in this hands-on 3 week course, using 19th century records as examples.

Wednesdays, October 9, 16 & 23 6:15 pm to 8:15 pm, Toronto Reference Library  Registration is now open

Advanced Research Skills
Back by popular demand, Marian Press will help you get the most from your on-line searching.  In this 3 week hands-on course Marian will cover search techniques for major genealogy websites as well as other websites with rich sources of information for the genealogist.

Wednesday, November 6, 13 & 20 – 6:15 pm to 8:15 pm,  Toronto Reference Library.  Registration is now open

Hands-on Criminal Justice Records of 19th Century Ontario
New this year: join Janice Nickerson as she shows you how to identify, locate & interpret criminal justice records in this hands-on course at the Archives of Ontario.  Through group work on case studies over 3 weeks you will have a chance to learn about the criminal justice records in Ontario.

Thursdays, September 26, October 3 & 10, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm Archives of Ontario  Registration is now open

Searching Toronto Public Library Catalog for Genealogy Sources
Make the most of your searches on the TPL catalog system for your genealogy research.  Join a librarian who will show you the tricks and tips for enhancing your searches and furthering your research by giving an overview of the resources available and the best ways to find them.

Tuesday September 24, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm Toronto Reference Library  Registration is now open

Map Tour at the Toronto Reference Library
TRL has a large collection of historical maps for many locations in Ontario and abroad.  Join Librarian Kathleen Wyman for a tour of this amazing collection of historical maps held in the library which can be so useful in your family history research.

Date to be Announced. Toronto Reference Library