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May 2018 meeting and AGM

Our next Toronto Branch meeting will take place on Monday 28 May starting at 7:30 pm at Lansing United Church at Poyntz Avenue and Beecroft Road in North York.

We’ll begin with our Annual General Meeting, when we’ll take stock of Branch accomplishments and challenges over the past year, share priorities for the year ahead and elect the Branch Executive Committee for 2018-2019.

Canada during World War One will be the topic of our featured presentation at the May meeting. In From Storefront to Home Front: Memories of Eaton’s at War, two Museum Studies Master’s graduates, Anthony Badame and Stephanie Sukhareva, will tell us how they have turned original genealogical and archival research into an interactive and inspiring historical walking tour. We’ll learn about the role of the Eaton family in the war effort at home, and the profound effects of their involvement on Eaton’s employees and Toronto as a whole.

The Members Network will be gathering in advance of the main meeting from 6:15 on. All Branch members are welcome to join in and share their family history experiences and questions in an informal setting.

Lansing United Church is a short walk from the Sheppard-Yonge subway station (look for the exit to Poyntz Avenue). Parking on local streets is free after 6:00 p.m and there are pay parking options nearby. Please leave the few spaces in the church parking lot for members with accessibility needs.

Toronto Branch meetings are free to attend and open to all. Visit our Meetings page to find out more.

Note: Our April meeting of Toronto Branch was cancelled at the last minute due to the unfolding “van attack” tragedy on nearby Yonge Street. We are making arrangements to reschedule Sam Allison’s presentation on the soldier-settlers of the 78th Fraser’s Highlanders for a future date.

1923 postcard of the Eaton's Main Store in Toronto

1923 postcard of the Eaton’s Main Store in Toronto. By T. Eaton Co. Ltd. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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Toronto Branch Meetings

Oct
22
Mon
7:30 pm Welcoming Newcomers
Welcoming Newcomers
Oct 22 @ 7:30 pm
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Nov
26
Mon
7:30 pm Great Moments in Genealogy
Great Moments in Genealogy
Nov 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
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Courses starting & Workshops

Oct
26
Fri
2:30 pm Advanced English Research
Advanced English Research
Oct 26 @ 2:30 pm – 5:15 pm
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Oct
27
Sat
8:30 am English Genealogy Before 1837
English Genealogy Before 1837
Oct 27 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
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Nov
7
Wed
2:00 pm Advanced Research Skills
Advanced Research Skills
Nov 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Advanced Research Skills @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
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6:15 pm Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Nov 7 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
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Nov
10
Sat
10:00 am TRL Genealogy Collection Tour
TRL Genealogy Collection Tour
Nov 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
TRL Genealogy Collection Tour @ Toronto Reference Library, 2nd Floor | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
  TOUR OF THE GENEALOGY COLLECTION AT THE TORONTO REFERENCE LIBRARY Co-sponsored with the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library. Discover one of the largest genealogy collections in Canada. Explore the[...]

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?