An organization of family historians, some with Toronto roots, others who live in Toronto, we have ancestors around the world.

May 2024 meeting – In person and online

Our May Toronto Branch meeting took place on Monday, May 27.

The meeting featured a presentation by Branch Chair Carol Ufford on her third great uncle William Brass, who was charged in 1837 with raping a young girl. His defense attorney was none other than a young John A. Macdonald, who would go on to be the first prime minister of Canada. In The Trial of William Brass, Carol drew on a range of historical documents and newspapers to piece together her relative’s difficult and gripping story from his early life to the trial and its aftermath.

The presentation was recorded and is available to view by clicking this link until about June 25.

And watch our Calendar for information about Branch events coming up in the months ahead. 

watercolour painting of scene by river
Kingston Mills, Ontario, ca. 1830, watercolour by James Pattison Cockburn. Archives of Ontario website (LAC C-012627). Public domain.