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Humberside remembers

Humberside Collegiate Institute, near Toronto’s High Park, is the latest institution to be added to our searchable For King and Country database of war memorials in the city’s schools.

It has been 125 years since Humberside—or the Toronto Junction High School, as it was then known—first opened its doors in 1892. Since then, the school sometimes called the “castle on the hill” has expanded, undergone extensive renovations, and developed a reputation for music and the arts.

Black/white photo of school

Humberside Collegiate Institute in about 1915 (Postcard from Baldwin Collection, Toronto Public Library X 64-338)

Almost 250 new names have been added to our database from the Humberside war memorials, which include two traditional bronze plaques, a large stained-glass window, and a remarkable framed poster titled “Greetings from Humberside”. For many years, that poster hung over the fireplace of a steak house in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Read the story of the Humberside poster, its message to students many miles away, and how it eventually came home.

Our For King and Country database now contains the names of more than 46,000 students and teachers who volunteered for active service during World Wars I and II, and other conflicts. Could your ancestor be among them?

Important news from Toronto Public Library

We’re pleased to share some very welcome news for genealogy researchers in Toronto, thanks to an agreement between the non-profit family history organization FamilySearch and the Toronto Public Library.

FamilySearch, which has a vast collection of billions of genealogical records, is in the process of digitizing all of its microfilms and publishing the digital versions online. About 1.5 billion images have been digitized to date, and many of those are now freely available on the FamilySearch website. Some of those images, however, are classified as “restricted access” for various reasons, and are visible only on computers in Family History Centres and specified affiliate libraries.

The good news is that the TPL has been designated as a FamilySearch affiliate library. This means that Toronto researchers can now view these “restricted access” images through computer workstations at any TPL branch.

Read the full announcement on the TPL’s Local History & Genealogy blog. And happy searching!

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?