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2019 Toronto History Lecture

The ninth annual Toronto History Lecture will take place on Wednesday 7 August 2019 at the City of Toronto Archives.

Author and scholar Michael Peterman will introduce us to an engaging and versatile Irishman who was the talk of the town in the mid-19th century. James McCarroll challenged the prejudices of Torontonians while entertaining them with his poetry, music and humour. He was a pop culture hit in his day, yet he has been largely written out of the historical record. Find out why in Kicking the Cultural Traces: James McCarroll in Pre-Confederation Toronto.

Copies of Professor Peterman’s new biography, Delicious Mirth: The Life and Times of James McCarroll, will be available for purchase at the lecture.

The THL was inaugurated in 2011 in memory of well-known local and family historian Paul McGrath and his love for telling people about Toronto and its past. It is free to attend but registration is required and space is limited—reserve your spot now.

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James McCarroll

Fall 2019 courses and workshops

Registration is now open for the next semester of Toronto Branch learning, beginning in September 2019.

Coming up this fall: four courses, two workshops and a tour, guaranteed to strengthen your family history skills.

On the evening of Tuesday September 24, soak up insider tips on how to make the most of your library research. Join us at the Toronto Reference Library for Searching Toronto Public Library Catalog for Genealogy Sources.

Janice Nickerson will lead a brand new course called Hands-on Criminal Justice Records of 19th Century Ontario on three Thursday afternoons beginning September 26. Learn how to identify, locate and interpret this fascinating record set through group work on case studies on site at the Archives of Ontario.

On three Wednesday evenings beginning October 9, Guylaine Pétrin will explore A Goldmine for Family History Researchers: Library and Archives Canada, with a focus on two special online repositoriesCanadiana and Héritage.

And, back by popular demand, Marian Press will teach you how to tackle online databases like a pro, and increase your odds of finding that elusive record or ancestor. Don’t miss Advanced Research Skills on three Wednesday evenings beginning November 6.

Have you been bitten by the DNA bug? Then be sure to join us for back-to-back events in October with Diahan Southard, also known as “Your DNA Guide”.

On the afternoon of Friday October 18, we’re presenting an intensive hands-on session called Try Your Hand at Genetic Genealogy. This is your chance to take a DNA case step-by-step, under Diahan’s guidance, to learn how to explore your autosomal DNA match list and make family connections. Enrolment will be strictly limited to 30 people.

And on Saturday October 19, enjoy a full-day workshop with Diahan titled Grow & Organize Your DNA Network. Learn how to organize your DNA results & contacts, find out about essential third party tools, and discover strategies for using mtDNA and YDNA. Take your genetic genealogy knowledge to the next level.

Last but not least, consider joining our guided tour of the amazing collection of historical maps held at the Toronto Reference Library on Wednesday October 30. This tour is free but registration is required.

All of our educational events can fill up quickly. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment.

Toronto Branch Meetings

7:30 pm Habits of a highly organized gen...
Habits of a highly organized gen...
Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Lynn Palermo Learn how to turn your scattered, disorganized files into a system that works for you. A few well thought out steps can help you control your clutter, keep consistent records, avoid duplication[...]
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Courses starting & Workshops

10:00 am TRL Genealogy Collection Tour
TRL Genealogy Collection Tour
Apr 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
TRL Genealogy Collection Tour @ Toronto Reference Library, 2nd Floor | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
TO BE RESCHEDULED TOUR OF THE GENEALOGY COLLECTION AT THE TORONTO REFERENCE LIBRARY Co-sponsored with the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library. Discover one of the largest genealogy collections in Canada.[...]

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Did you know?

That Toronto Branch OGS has more than 600 members? That members get a discount on course and workshop registration fees?