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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
23
Mon
7:30 pm The Spanish Flu
The Spanish Flu
Sep 23 @ 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[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Sep
24
Tue
6:30 pm Genealogy Resources in TPL’s Cat...
Genealogy Resources in TPL’s Cat...
Sep 24 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Genealogy Resources in TPL's Catalogue @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
TUESDAY, September 24 Co-sponsored with the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library The Toronto Reference Library contains many excellent genealogy resources. This hands-on class will demonstrate how to use the Toronto[...]
Sep
26
Thu
4:00 pm Hands-On Criminal Justice Records
Hands-On Criminal Justice Records
Sep 26 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hands-On Criminal Justice Records @ Archives of Ontario | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Hands-On Criminal Justice Records of 19th Century Ontario Family historians are always seeking records that will help us tell the story of our ancestors’ lives. We want more than just names, dates and places. But[...]
Oct
9
Wed
6:15 pm Library & Archives Canada: A Gol...
Library & Archives Canada: A Gol...
Oct 9 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Library & Archives Canada: A Goldmine @ Toronto Reference Library
A GOLDMINE for FAMILY RESEARCHERS: LIBRARY & ARCHIVES CANADA Wednesdays, October 9, 16 and 23 (3 week course) Co-sponsored with the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library. Registration is required. Registration[...]
Oct
18
Fri
2:00 pm Try Your Hand at Genetic Genealogy
Try Your Hand at Genetic Genealogy
Oct 18 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Try Your Hand at Genetic Genealogy @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Intensive Hands-on Session:  Try Your Hand at Genetic Genealogy with Diahan Southard Working in pairs or small groups you will get a chance to take a DNA case step-by-step to learn how to explore your[...]
Oct
19
Sat
8:30 am Grow & Organize Your DNA Network
Grow & Organize Your DNA Network
Oct 19 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Grow & Organize Your DNA Network @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Workshop: Grow & Organize Your DNA Network with Diahan Southard – Your DNA Guide Join us for a full day with Diahan Southard “Your DNA Guide” the internationally known speaker who can help you organize[...]

Other Events

Aug
7
Wed
7:30 pm Toronto History Lecture
Toronto History Lecture
Aug 7 @ 7:30 pm
THE 2019 TORONTO HISTORY LECTURE Kicking the Cultural Traces: James McCarroll in Pre-Confederation Toronto Speaker: Michael Peterman The lecture is free, but registration is required. Click here for more information and to reserve your space[...]

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?