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Speakers & instructors wanted

Do you have expertise to share? We are always looking for lecturers and course instructors to speak on any aspect of genealogical or historical research, and on techniques and technology to organize or share research results.

Specific requests for speakers are noted below, but we’re very interested in hearing other ideas, too. Please contact the Education Committee with your idea or proposal for a lecture, course or workshop.


The Education Committee is currently accepting proposals for our online lecture series for the 2020/21 year.

To date, the branch has held two very successful lecture series, each consisting of four related presentations by different speakers held over four evenings via Zoom. Both members and non-members can register for our online lectures for a small fee. Attendees come from a wide geographic area and range of skill levels.

Presentations should be approximately 50 minutes. Time for questions will be allotted following the presentation. Presentations will be held via Zoom. Toronto Branch will provide the Zoom platform, and technical support.

We invite proposals on a wide range of topics, but are particularly interested in:

  • Ontario records, including early records, and underused or little known resources.
  • Ontario digital resources.
  • Military research resources, especially Canadian.
  • Heritage societies (eg. Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of Union Veterans).

Other submissions are welcome.

Speakers should be prepared to provide a handout (about 4 pages) which will be posted for attendees on a password protected area of our website.

Speakers may submit up to three proposals. All submissions will be acknowledged, and those selected will be contacted.

Those chosen to speak will receive an honorarium of $150 for their presentation.

Proposals should include

  • Name, address, phone number and email address of the presenter.
  • Title of the presentation.
  • Summary of the presentation (not to exceed 100 words).
  • Presenter biography (100 words).
  • An indication of whether or not you are willing to have your presentation recorded. You will retain copyright and ownership of the presentation. Recorded presentations are made available to attendees on a password protected section of our website for 2–3 weeks after the presentation.

Please submit all proposals to the Education Committee.

The deadline for submissions is October 23, 2020.


Our monthly Branch meetings usually feature at least one presentation and we are open to any topic relating to family or local history that might be of interest to our members. This is a wonderful opportunity to talk about projects you’re involved in, special collections or repositories, research methods and strategies—or simply share inspiring moments and discoveries in your own family history journey.

You’ll be speaking to a friendly crowd of researchers, who will appreciate your experience and how it can be applied to their own work. No need to be a seasoned lecturer. We welcome proposals from both members and non-members, and for short presentations (5-10 minutes) to full-length presentations (45-50 minutes). We also encourage suggestions for alternatives to the traditional lecture format. Do you have an idea for an interactive discussion? a multi-media display? Feel free to think outside the box!

E-mail our program facilitator to make your pitch or offer a lead on a topic or speaker you think would be a good fit for a Branch meeting.