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DNA dates in 2018

We are pleased to announce that genetic genealogy specialist Blaine Bettinger will be presenting a lecture and workshop back-to-back for Toronto Branch in early April 2018.

Cover of Blaine Bettinger bookBlaine, who is based in New York State, is the author of the long-running blog The Genetic Genealogist. His most recent book, The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Testing, is a go-to reference resource.

The Lecture will be held on Friday 6 April and will be aimed at advanced DNA researchers seeking to step up their analysis with new concepts and evolving tools.

The Workshop, on Saturday 7 April, will be for intermediate DNA researchers. Registrants will learn how to combine their DNA testing with traditional research techniques to explore ancient ancestry, find genetic relatives, and break through brick walls.

Visit our Workshop page for further details as they become available.

If DNA is already in your genealogical toolbox, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to deepen your knowledge and learn from one of the best. If you haven’t yet taken the plunge, but are considering a DNA test, these special events may be an added incentive! So get your DNA testing done and join Blaine Bettinger next April!

Fall 2017 courses and workshops

The next semester of Toronto Branch educational activities begins in September 2017 and we have a very busy fall lineup this year, with three courses, two library tours, and two full-day workshops.

On Thursday afternoons in September, join instructor Carol Nichols for Hands-On Library Edition, a three-week course on using one of the largest databases of Canadian and international records. If you’re new to family history or looking to refresh your skills, consider our eight-week course on Tuesday evenings in October and November on Basic Genealogy and Family History, led by instructor Jane E. MacNamara. If you’ve had your DNA tested but aren’t sure what to do next, plan to attend our three-week Introduction to Genetic Genealogy course with instructor Linda Reid on Friday evenings in November. And don’t miss our two Saturday morning tours at the Toronto Reference Library — on 30 September, discover the Library’s extensive Genealogy Collection, and, on 9 December, visit the Baldwin Collection of Canadiana.

Eilean Donan CastleOur first fall 2017 workshop will take place on Saturday 28 October and is designed for family historians with Scottish ancestry and some familiarity with Scottish research. Instructor James F.S. Thomson will lead this one-day event on Researching Scottish Family History from the GTA: New Directions.

We’ll also be commemorating Canada’s sesquicentennial with a special workshop on Saturday 18 November, featuring a wide variety of speakers, topics and perspectives. Join us for Kanata to Canada: A Journey Through Time as we spend a day exploring the records and stories that chronicle our nation’s history.

Registration is now open for all of the above courses, workshops and tours. Visit our Learn with Toronto Branch pages for full details and to sign up online. Autumn may seem a long way off, but we encourage you to register early to avoid disappointment. Space is limited in all of our educational events and they can fill up quickly.

50th Anniversary Reception

Toronto Branch Meetings

7:30 pm Toronto’s Massey Family
Toronto’s Massey Family
Oct 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Toronto's Massey Family @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Toronto’s Massey Family: A Story Told Through Postal History Speaker: Kathy Hartley Kathy Hartley spent decades researching her own family history before becoming a reference librarian at a philatelic research foundation in Toronto. Once there her[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

2:00 pm Hands-On Library Edi...
Hands-On Library Edi...
Sep 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Hands-On Library Edition @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
  This course is on three Thursdays, September 7, 14 and 21, 2017. It is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library and Toronto Branch Ontario Genealogical Society Description:[...]
10:00 am TRL Genealogy Collection Tour
TRL Genealogy Collection Tour
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
TRL Genealogy Collection Tour @ Toronto Reference Library, 2nd Floor | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This tour is jointly sponsored by the Toronto Public Library and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. Registration is required.  Registration is now open. Genealogy Collection Tour at the Humanities & Social Science Department, Toronto Reference Library: Discover[...]
6:15 pm Basic Genealogy and Family History
Basic Genealogy and Family History
Oct 3 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Basic Genealogy and Family History @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This course is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Science Department at the Toronto Reference Library and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. This evening course is on 8 Tuesdays: October 3, 10, 17, 24,[...]
9:00 am Researching Scottish Family Hist...
Researching Scottish Family Hist...
Oct 28 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Researching Scottish Family History from the GTA:  New Directions @ Toronto Reference Library, Beeton Hall | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
  A FULL DAY WORKSHOP Jointly sponsored by the Toronto Branch of OGS and the Toronto Public Library Designed for those who have some experience of Scottish genealogy, this one-day event will show you newly available[...]

Other Events

7:30 pm Toronto History Lecture Series
Toronto History Lecture Series
Aug 9 @ 7:30 pm – Aug 23 @ 7:30 pm
Toronto History Lecture Series @ City of Toronto Archives | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
A SERIES OF THREE LECTURES TO MARK THE SESQUICENTENNIAL OF CANADA’S CONFEDERATION Wednesday 9 August, 7:30 pm Reconstructing a Lost World From a Photograph: Agnes and Terauley, ca 1910 Speaker: Bill Gladstone Wednesday 16 August,[...]

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 at special rates?