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Spring forward!

The spring 2018 semester of Toronto Branch learning activities will be here before you know it. Registration is now open for a practical hands-on course on making technology work for you in your family history research, as well as two key repository tours — all at the Toronto Reference Library beginning in April.

Over four evening sessions between May 3 and June 4, instructor Carol Nichols will present Using Your iPad & iPhone for Genealogy. This course will help you use your devices as effectively as possible. Learn about apps that will make it easier for you to find, capture, organize, enhance and share information, pictures and sound.

antique book with magnifying glassIf you want to learn more about the holdings of the TRL, join in one or both of our spring tours led by library staff. On the morning of Saturday April 21, visit the TRL Map Collections and discover the range of maps available to help you in your research — from historic ordnance surveys to county atlases to topographical and nautical maps. On the morning of Friday May 4, explore the TRL Genealogy Collection, one of the largest in Canada — find out what resources it holds and how to search the various catalogues and indexes. Stay after the tour to do some hands-on research with assistance from a Branch volunteer. Our tours are free but you must register to reserve a space.

And, if you haven’t yet signed up for our spring workshop on Saturday April 7, The Art of Genetic Genealogy Investigation with Blaine Bettinger, now is the time. Registrations are still being accepted for this full day devoted to the analysis of DNA test results to further your family history, as well as Blaine’s Advanced Lectures in Genetic Genealogy on the afternoon of Friday April 6, but there are only a few spaces left. Don’t miss out!

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Toronto Branch Meetings

Sep
24
Mon
7:00 pm September Meeting
September Meeting
Sep 24 @ 7:00 pm
September Meeting @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Note: We’re starting this information-packed meeting at 7:00 pm! 7:00 to 7:30 pm   SHOW & TELL. 7:30 to 8:40 pm   Chair’s remarks & keynote presentation. 8:40 to 9:30 pm   SHOW & TELL continued. SHOW &[...]
Oct
22
Mon
7:30 pm Welcoming Newcomers
Welcoming Newcomers
Oct 22 @ 7:30 pm
Welcoming Newcomers @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
WELCOMING NEWCOMERS: CANADA’S ETHNIC BENEVOLENT SOCIETIES Speaker: Jane E. MacNamara Established in the 1830s and before, societies like St. Andrew’s, St. George’s, St. Patrick’s and many other ethnic-based benevolent organizations provided guidance, financial and social[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Sep
20
Thu
2:00 pm Using Ancestry.ca Library Editio...
Using Ancestry.ca Library Editio...
Sep 20 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Using Ancestry.ca Library Edition & FamilySearch.org @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This 3 week course is on three Thursdays, September 20, 27 and October 4, 2018. Co-sponsored with the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library. Uncovering your family history doesn’t have to[...]
Oct
2
Tue
6:15 pm Basic Genealogy and Family History
Basic Genealogy and Family History
Oct 2 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Basic Genealogy and Family History @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Course is on eight Tuesdays: October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & November 6, 13 & 20, from 6:15pm – 8:15pm. Co-sponsored with the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library. The course is[...]
Oct
26
Fri
2:30 pm Advanced English Research
Advanced English Research
Oct 26 @ 2:30 pm – 5:15 pm
Advanced English Research @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Need help finding your English ancestors before the civil records of the 19th Century?  International author and lecturer Paul Milner will lead a mini-workshop covering two important resources for the advanced English researcher. Navigating the[...]
Oct
27
Sat
8:30 am English Genealogy Before 1837
English Genealogy Before 1837
Oct 27 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
English Genealogy Before 1837 @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
ENGLISH GENEALOGY BEFORE 1837: RESEARCHING PRE-VICTORIAN RECORDS Join us for a full day with two outstanding experts in the field of English genealogy.  International lecturer and author Paul Milner and our own James F.S. Thomson[...]
Nov
7
Wed
2:00 pm Advanced Research Skills
Advanced Research Skills
Nov 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Advanced Research Skills @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Course runs on three Wednesday afternoons: November 7, 14 and 21 Co-sponsored with the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library. This course will teach you how to do online research like[...]

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?