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Scottish settlers in Canada

Hundreds of thousands of Scots have emigrated to Canada since the late 18th century, seeking opportunities across the Atlantic. The first waves of Scottish settlement were in Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, but as more and more land opened up, Scots set down roots in Ontario and the west. Perhaps your ancestors were among them. 

Toronto Branch is pleased to present a new series of online talks over three evenings in March titled Open for Settlement: Scottish Settlers in Canada.

Genealogy educator Christine Woodcock—a Scottish emigrant herself—will take a look at the records that can reveal valuable information about Canada’s Scottish settlers, introduce us to the colonizers who assisted with emigration and created settlements across the country, and explore the power and politics behind them.

Registration is now open for the full series of three lectures. Each session will run from 7:30 to about 9:00 pm (Eastern Time) and will be recorded and available for archived viewing for a limited time if you are not able to join us live:

March 9: Scottish Settlements in Atlantic Canada

March 16: Scottish Settlements in Ontario

March 23: Scottish Settlers in the West

Find out more and register now for Scottish Settlers in Canada.

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