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November 2016 Meeting

Sleigh-riding in High Park

High Park, Toronto – January 1925
Toronto Reference Library Baldwin Collection, X 65-114

Our last Toronto Branch meeting of 2016 will take place on Monday 28 November starting at 7:30 pm at at Eglinton St George’s United Church at 35 Lytton Blvd in North Toronto (in the Sanctuary).

In keeping with Branch tradition, we’ll be marking the close of the year and the start of the holiday season with a celebration of our own Great Moments in Genealogy. Ten Branch members will take the podium in turn to share one “great moment” on their family history journey.

We hope you’ll be able to join us for an inspiring and entertaining evening that is always a member favourite, with tales from the trenches of family history research—stories of cousins lost and found, travels to ancestral haunts, persistence, Eureka moments and serendipity.

Special refreshments will be served during an extended break time. Remember to drop by our information tables outside the meeting room to find out about the latest Branch courses and volunteer opportunities.

Please note that 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 2017, please visit our Meetings page or browse through our Calendar.

PLEASE NOTE: This meeting will not be live-streamed.

Two thousand more names…

For King and Country has expanded again!

We’ve just added more than two thousand names to our database of Toronto school war memorials.

Many schools in the city display lists of students, former students, and teachers who volunteered for active service during the two World Wars and other conflicts. Some lists name only those who died, but most include all who enlisted. For King and Country is an ongoing Toronto Branch project to locate, photograph and transcribe these memorials and research the schools where they are—or were once—found.

WWII "illuminated list" memorial

WWII “illuminated list” memorial originally at Coleman Avenue School in East York

The new names are from five schools, two of which are “vanished”—no physical traces of them remain. Coleman Avenue School used to stand in East York, on Coleman Avenue between Barrington Avenue and Dawes Road. It closed in 1964 after more than 50 years, and the building was demolished in the early 70s. Wellesley Public School was in operation from 1874 to 1956 at Wellesley and Bay Streets in downtown Toronto, on what would later be the site of the Sutton Place Hotel (now The Britt Condominiums). Both the Coleman and Wellesley memorials are now housed in the Toronto District School Board archives.

The three other schools whose memorials have now been transcribed are: Courcelette Public School, in Scarborough near Kingston Road and Victoria Park Avenue; Hartman Jones Memorial School, now Westwood Middle School, on Carlaw Avenue north of Danforth Avenue; and Oakwood Collegiate Institute, on St Clair Avenue West at Oakwood Avenue.

These latest additions bring the total number of schools researched and documented in our memorials database to 112… and the number of names recorded to 44,326

Visit the For King and Country website now and find out how Toronto’s schools remember their young men and women who went to war.


Toronto Branch Meetings

7:30 pm County Maps Project
County Maps Project
Jan 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
County Maps Project @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
The Ontario Historical County Maps Project Speakers: Joan Winearls & Marcel Fortin This talk will describe a major new mapping and indexing project of the names of landowners on the county maps of Ontario issued[...]
7:30 pm 19th Century English Gardeners, ...
19th Century English Gardeners, ...
Feb 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
19th Century English Gardeners, Horticulturalists, & Nurserymen @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Ellen Maki Today many of us think of gardening as a pleasurable pastime, but in the nineteenth century it was a profession in which many men and women were employed. While researching her family,[...]
7:30 pm What Lies Beneath
What Lies Beneath
Mar 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
What Lies Beneath @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Sherilyn L. Bell, BSc UE This lecture will provide an overview of a genealogy covering the early 1900s.  The subjects are not relatives of the speaker.  What started as a brief distraction from regular[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

5:00 pm Hands-on Records of Inheritance
Hands-on Records of Inheritance
Jan 26 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hands-on Records of Inheritance @ Archives of Ontario | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This course is jointly sponsored by the Archives of Ontario and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. The course will be on three Thursdays: January 26, February 2, & 9, 2017 Registration is required.  Registration[...]
2:00 pm TRL Special Collections Centre Tour
TRL Special Collections Centre Tour
Feb 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
TRL Special Collections Centre Tour @ Toronto Reference Library, 5th Floor | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This tour is jointly sponsored by the Marilyn & Charles Baillie Special Collections Centre at the Toronto Reference Library, the Toronto Public Library, and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society.         This course[...]
10:00 am Toronto City Archives Tour
Toronto City Archives Tour
Mar 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Toronto City Archives Tour @ City of Toronto Archives | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This full day tour is jointly sponsored by the City of Toronto Archives and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. Registration required.  Registration is now open. Do you have Toronto ancestors?  Where did they live? [...]
10:00 am Introduction to Genealogy and Fa...
Introduction to Genealogy and Fa...
Mar 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Introduction to Genealogy and Family History @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
A HALF-DAY COURSE ON SATURDAY MARCH 25 FROM 10AM TO 4PM INCLUDING A 1-HOUR LUNCH BREAK This course is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library, the Toronto[...]

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?