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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

Jan
28
Mon
7:30 pm The Spanish Flu
The Spanish Flu
Jan 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Spanish Flu @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
THE SPANISH FLU, TORONTO’S – CANADA’S FORGOTTEN PANDEMIC Speaker: Mike Clare The story of the Spanish Flu epidemic in Canada and Toronto is a forgotten one. Why? It has been called the most documented epidemic[...]
Feb
25
Mon
7:30 pm Toronto’s Early Police Detectives
Toronto’s Early Police Detectives
Feb 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Ellen Maki Visiting the haunts of felons and searching pawn shops for stolen goods were some of the duties of Toronto’s Victorian police detectives. Who were the policemen who became detectives, and was their[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Feb
5
Tue
5:00 pm Hands-on Records of Inheritance
Hands-on Records of Inheritance
Feb 5 @ 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 Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. The course will be on three Tuesdays: February 5, 12, & 19, 2019 Registration is required. Finding your Ontario[...]
Mar
7
Thu
4:00 pm Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Mar 7 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records @ Archives of Ontario | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Course runs on three Thursdays: March 7, 14 and 21, 2019. Registration is required. Land records are a rich source of information about settlers in Ontario. This course deals with the earliest period, when land[...]

Other Events

Jun
21
Fri
all-day OGS Conference 2019
OGS Conference 2019
Jun 21 – Jun 23 all-day
OGS Conference 2019 @ London Convention Centre
The 2019 OGS Conference provides a great opportunity for family historians to attend stimulating workshops and lectures from engaging speakers from Canada and around the world, see what’s available in the genealogy Marketplace, catch up[...]

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?