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Courses

Toronto Branch courses are a great way to improve your research and organizing skills, learn about records in a specific geographic area, or increase your knowledge of your ancestor’s life and times.

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 this Fall to advance your genealogical skills by attending one of our courses:

Using Ancestry.ca and FamilySearch.org
This hands-on course gets you started with two of the largest free databases of genealogical records.
Thursdays, Sept 20, 27 & Oct 4 – 2:00pm to 4:00pm Toronto Reference Library
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Basic Genealogy & Family History
This 8-week course is designed for those just beginning to research or looking to upgrade their skills.
Tuesdays Oct 2 to Nov. 20, 6:15pm to 8:15pm Toronto Reference Library
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Advanced Research Skills
Learn how to do online research like a pro.
Wednesdays Nov. 7, 14 & 21 – 2:00pm to 4:00pm, Toronto Reference Library
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Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Learn how to interpret your autosomal DNA test results.
Wednesdays Nov 7, 14 & 21 6:15pm to 8:15pm, Toronto Reference Library
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Tour of the TRL Genealogy Collection
Discovery one of Canada’s largest genealogy collection on your doorstep.
Saturday, Nov 10, 10am – 11:30am, Toronto Reference Library
Sorry! This tour is now fully booked.
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