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Toronto goes to the polls… in 1841

1841 was also an election year in Toronto… It was the first ballot since the uniting of Upper and Lower Canada under one government, and one of the most bitterly contested in Canadian history. The election process, the violence that followed the voting, and the names of the people who were eligible to cast their votes are all carefully documented in The Great Contest for Responsible Government: The City of Toronto Poll Book of 1841, edited by the late Paul J. McGrath, and published by Toronto Branch in 2004.

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Toronto Branch members have been transcribing, indexing and publishing local records for more than half a century now. Branch publications, like The Great Contest, make it easier for both local researchers and researchers at a distance to access valuable genealogical information. Over the years, we’ve produced transcriptions and indexes to cemetery markers and burial records, church registers, and lists of names from directories, as well as some unique guides to genealogy research in Toronto and surrounding areas. We also carry a small selection of local histories and genealogical publications from other publishers—many out of print.

And now you can purchase Branch publications directly through our website. Our available inventory is small at the moment, but items are being added all the time. Visit our e-store now…

October 2018 meeting

The next Toronto Branch meeting will take place on Monday October 22 at Lansing United Church in North York beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Where did your ancestors look for support when they first arrived in Canada? In our featured presentation this month, we’ll explore the activities and surviving records of benevolent organizations, which offered guidance and assistance to new immigrants trying to make a new home in this country from the early 1800s on. Please join author, blogger, instructor and long-time OGS member Jane E. MacNamara for Welcoming Newcomers: Canada’s Ethnic Benevolent Societies.

After our mid-meeting break, we’ll round out the evening with a short presentation by Sherilyn Bell titled The UCSC Database—A Handy Reference Source for Genetic Genealogists.

Lansing United Church is located two blocks south-west of Sheppard and Yonge, at Poyntz Avenue and Beecroft Road (enter from Poyntz). It’s a short walk from the Sheppard-Yonge subway station, which also links to frequent bus service. If you are driving, please note that there will be very limited local street parking because of Election Day activities, and nearby pay parking lots may be a better option. The few spaces in the church parking lot are reserved for members with accessibility needs.

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

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

Toronto Branch Meetings

Oct
28
Mon
7:30 pm Searching for Benedict Arnold
Searching for Benedict Arnold
Oct 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Searching for Benedict Arnold @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
SEARCHING FOR BENEDICT ARNOLD AND FINDING A DIFFERENT LOYALIST ARNOLD SPY Speaker: Beth Adams Wouldn’t it be great to prove Grover Cleveland was related to Benedict Arnold?  Sadly, Beth has yet to make that magical[...]
Nov
25
Mon
7:30 pm Great Moments in Genealogy
Great Moments in Genealogy
Nov 25 @ 7:30 pm
Great Moments in Genealogy @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
In keeping with our very popular annual tradition, ten Toronto Branch members will be sharing “great moments” in their family history research in a series of short presentations as follows:   Paul Jones: Please pass[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Oct
23
Wed
6:30 pm Genealogy Resources in TPL’s Cat...
Genealogy Resources in TPL’s Cat...
Oct 23 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Genealogy Resources in TPL's Catalogue @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23 Due to high demand a new date has been added! Co-sponsored by Toronto Public Library. The Toronto Reference Library contains many excellent genealogy resources. This hands-on class will demonstrate how to use[...]
Oct
30
Wed
6:30 pm TRL Map Collections Tour
TRL Map Collections Tour
Oct 30 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
TRL Map Collections Tour @ Toronto Reference Library, 2nd floor | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
TORONTO REFERENCE LIBRARY MAP COLLECTIONS TOUR This tour is co-sponsored with the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library. The tour will highlight the various types of maps available for research: from[...]
Nov
6
Wed
6:15 pm Advanced Research Skills
Advanced Research Skills
Nov 6 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Advanced Research Skills @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
COURSE RUNS ON THREE WEDNESDAY EVENINGS, NOVEMBER 6, 13 AND 20 Co-sponsored with the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library. This course will teach you how to do online research like[...]

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?