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Stuck in your research?

Have you run into a roadblock with your Ontario research? Interested in the records held by a Toronto repository but can’t get there in person? The Toronto Branch Research Services team can help!

person's hand placing a jigsaw puzzle pieceOver the past year alone, our volunteers have answered dozens of enquiries, from the U.S., the U.K., Australia, New Zealand and Asia as well as Canada. We’ve provided advice on a mysterious great-grandfather who seemed to have disappeared without a trace, investigated a family story about a relative killed searching for gold, filled in gaps in the life of a once popular English entertainer who ended up in Toronto in the 1920s, tracked down newspaper reports on a tragic house fire, and compiled historical information and photos for an author interested in an early Toronto neighbourhood.

We can offer a search of our master database, limited research and record look-ups at Toronto resource centres and in online indexes, and expert consultations on brickwall strategies… all at reasonable rates. And our team is always happy to give you free advice and referrals to help you move forward with your research in any part of Ontario.

Do you have a question we can help you work on? Find out more on our Research Services page.

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Toronto Branch Meetings

Sep
28
Mon
7:30 pm Debt, Drunk & Disorderly: Ontari...
Debt, Drunk & Disorderly: Ontari...
Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Debt, Drunk & Disorderly: Ontario Jail Records @ WEBINAR | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Debt, Drunk & Disorderly, Vagrancy, Prostitution, Theft, Assault, Insanity: Are You Sure Your Ancestors Were Never in Jail? No one wants a criminal at the dinner table, but finding one in your family tree can[...]
Oct
26
Mon
7:30 pm Researching Imperial Soldiers
Researching Imperial Soldiers
Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Researching Imperial Soldiers @ WEBINAR | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Researching Imperial Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the First World War When the First World War broke out in August 1914, Canada was immediately involved as a Dominion of the British Empire. Tracing the history[...]
Nov
23
Mon
7:30 pm Great Moments in Genealogy
Great Moments in Genealogy
Nov 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Great Moments in Genealogy @ WEBINAR | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
In keeping with tradition, a number Toronto Branch members will be sharing “great moments” in their family history research in a series of short presentations. This year because of the global pandemic we are reaching[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Aug
18
Tue
7:30 pm Late Summer Lecture Series: Online
Late Summer Lecture Series: Online
Aug 18 @ 7:30 pm – Aug 26 @ 9:00 pm
Late Summer Lecture Series: Online @ FOUR 1-HOUR WEBINARS | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Join us on four evenings in August from the comfort of your home for the online Late Summer Lecture Series. Four expert researchers will guide you through specialized records or research processes. Attend all four[...]
Sep
16
Wed
7:30 pm Understanding Ontario Land Regis...
Understanding Ontario Land Regis...
Sep 16 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Understanding Ontario Land Registry Records @ THREE-SESSION ONLINE COURSE | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Three-session online course: September 16, 23, 30. $30 OGS members / $35 non-members Despite the impending closure of Land Registry Offices, Ontario land registry records are becoming more available than ever before—particularly for researchers at[...]
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That Toronto Branch OGS has more than 500 members? That members get a discount on course and workshop registration fees?