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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

Feb
24
Mon
7:30 pm York’s Underground Railroad
York’s Underground Railroad
Feb 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
York's Underground Railroad @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
YORK COUNTY AND THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD  Speaker: Guylaine Petrin  In honour of Black History Month, Guylaine Petrin will give a special presentation on York County and the Underground Railroad.  During the last 30 years, York[...]
Mar
23
Mon
7:30 pm Records of Migration at the AO
Records of Migration at the AO
Mar 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Records of Migration at the AO @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
RECORDS OF MIGRATION AND SETTLEMENT AT THE ARCHIVES OF ONTARIO: Speaker: Jane E. MacNamara Since its founding, Ontario has been involved in supporting and promoting settlement. This lecture will look at the major groups of[...]
Apr
27
Mon
7:30 pm Closing the Loop
Closing the Loop
Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Closing the Loop @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
CLOSING THE LOOP: THE LONG JOURNEY TO RECONNECT WITH A UKRAINIAN FAMILY Speaker: Terry Maurice Researching Eastern European genealogy presents many daunting challenges to the family historian. Unfamiliarity with the languages, history and geography of[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Feb
13
Thu
4:00 pm Hands-On Land Registry Records
Hands-On Land Registry Records
Feb 13 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hands-On Land Registry Records @ Archives of Ontario | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Course runs on two Thursdays: February 13 and 20, 2020. Registration is required.  Sorry, this session is now fully booked. Click here to add your name to the waiting list. Once land was granted by[...]
Mar
25
Wed
6:30 pm Genealogy Resources in TPL’s Cat...
Genealogy Resources in TPL’s Cat...
Mar 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Genealogy Resources in TPL's Catalogue @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2020 Co-sponsored by Toronto Public Library. The Toronto Reference Library contains many excellent genealogy resources. This hands-on class will demonstrate how to use the Toronto Public Library’s online catalog to find items[...]
Apr
23
Thu
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
This tour is now full.  Please email us at torontocourses.ogs.on.ca to be put on the waiting list. TOUR OF THE GENEALOGY COLLECTION AT THE TORONTO REFERENCE LIBRARY Co-sponsored with the Humanities and Social Sciences Department[...]

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?