website security

Winter 2018 courses (*Updated*)

The winter semester of Toronto Branch educational activities begins in January 2018 and we have four courses for you to choose from in the new year.

On either Wednesday mornings or Saturday mornings* in January, join Linda Reid for Introduction to Genetic Genealogy, a three-week course for genealogists who wish to confirm and expand their family trees with genetic evidence, particularly through Family Tree DNA tests.

Marian Press will survey and explain the many options for Putting Your Family Tree Online in a three-week course on Wednesday evenings in January and February.

Learn to navigate the land record collections at the Archives of Ontario and put your skills into practice under the guidance of Jane MacNamara in Hands-on Early Ontario Land Records, a three-week course on Thursday evenings in February.

And, if you are just starting out on your genealogical journey, don’t miss our fast-paced one-day course on Saturday February 10, Introduction to Genealogy and Family History — Linda Reid will review the essential records and techniques you’ll need to research your ancestry.

Registration is now open for all of the above courses. Visit our Learn with Toronto Branch pages for full details and to sign up online. We encourage you to register before the end-of-year rush to avoid disappointment. Space is limited in all of our educational events and they can fill up quickly.

* UPDATE: We’ve added a second session for this course due to popular demand. Now you can choose either the weekday or weekend option — whichever best suits your schedule.

November 2017 meeting

Painting of skaters and sleighs on ice at Toronto waterfront

“On Toronto Bay, showing shore from about University Ave. at right to Bathurst St. at left” (1835), photograph of watercolour by J.G. Howard, in Baldwin Collection, Toronto Reference Library, call number JRR 828 Cab

Our next Toronto Branch meeting — and the last of 2017 — will take place on Monday 27 November starting at 7:30 pm at Eglinton St George’s United Church at 35 Lytton Blvd in mid-Toronto (in the Sanctuary).

In keeping with Branch tradition, we’ll be marking the close of the year with a celebration of our own Great Moments in Genealogy. Ten Branch members will each share one “great moment” in their family history research. This once-a-year event is a member favourite, and the 2017 presentations promise to be as intriguing and entertaining as ever. Please join us for inspiring stories about genealogical treasures, travels, trials and triumphs. Special holiday refreshments will be served during an extended break time. Be sure to check out our “Rescue Me” collection of genealogy books, journals and CDs… free to a good home! You are welcome to bring your own gently used materials to add to the giveaway table, but please remember to take any that haven’t been adopted home with you at the end of the evening.

As usual, the Members Network will be gathering before the main meeting (beginning at 6:15) in the Eglinton Room.  All Branch members are welcome to participate and share experiences with others pursuing their family history research!

Eglinton St George’s is located a block west of Yonge Street between Eglinton and Lawrence Avenues—a short bus-ride or a reasonable walking distance from either the Eglinton or Lawrence subway station. If you’re driving, there is some local street parking and there are also three “Green P” parking lots close by.

To find out more about our November speakers and topics, and what’s in store for 2018, please visit our Meetings page or browse through our Calendar.

Toronto Branch Meetings

Jan
22
Mon
7:30 pm Lives and Times of the United Em...
Lives and Times of the United Em...
Jan 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Lives and Times of the United Empire Loyalists @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Sandra McNamara UE Please join Sandra as she travels back in time to explain how the United Empire Loyalists can be considered Canada’s first refugees. Many of the founding families of Canada had originally settled[...]
Feb
26
Mon
7:30 pm Digital Humanities for Family Hi...
Digital Humanities for Family Hi...
Feb 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Digital Humanities for Family Historians @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
DIGITAL HUMANITIES FOR FAMILY HISTORIANS — AN UPDATE FOR 2018 Speaker: Marian Press Digital humanities is an area of research and teaching at the intersection of computing and the disciplines of the humanities, which has[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Jan
31
Wed
6:15 pm Putting Your Family Tree Online
Putting Your Family Tree Online
Jan 31 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Putting Your Family Tree Online @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Course runs on three Wednesdays: January 31, February 7 and 14, 2018. There are many choices for how to put your family information online for others to find and for them to respond to what[...]
Feb
1
Thu
4:00 pm Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Feb 1 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records @ Archives of Ontario | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This course is now full.  To put your name on the waiting list, please email courses@torontofamilyhistory.org and you will be contacted if a spot becomes available.   Course runs on three Thursdays: February 1, 8[...]
Feb
10
Sat
10:00 am Introduction to Genealogy and Fa...
Introduction to Genealogy and Fa...
Feb 10 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Introduction to Genealogy and Family History @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This fast-paced one-day course introduces some of the types of records and techniques needed for researching your family tree. It highlights vital records (civil and church), census records and probates (wills), showing how to extract[...]
Apr
7
Sat
8:45 am Art of Genetic Genealogy Investi...
Art of Genetic Genealogy Investi...
Apr 7 @ 8:45 am – 4:00 pm
Art of Genetic Genealogy Investigation with Blaine Bettinger @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Join us for a day with internationally renowned Blaine Bettinger, “The Genetic Genealogist”. This is an exciting opportunity for active genetic genealogists who are at the intermediate level. If you have already tested your Autosomal[...]
Jun
4
Mon
8:30 am Genealogy Summer Camp
Genealogy Summer Camp
Jun 4 @ 8:30 am – Jun 8 @ 6:00 pm
Genealogy Summer Camp @ Various Toronto libraries and archives
A five-day, hands-on program for family historians with Ontario roots. Designed mainly for out-of-towners, this unique program takes researchers to different archives and libraries each day. However, we welcome “day-campers” who live locally and join[...]

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? And that Toronto Branch belongs to the Federation of Genealogical Societies, which means our members can also subscribe to findmypast.com at special rates?