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Toronto Branch—50 years young!

This is a special anniversary year for Toronto Branch. It has been a full 50 years since we became the very first Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society.

Thirty people joined the Branch in 1967, its inaugural year. We now have hundreds of members in Canada and countries around the world.

Over the decades, our volunteers have transcribed and indexed many thousands of gravestones, burial registers, war memorials, census records and tax assessment rolls; rallied to preserve heritage cemeteries and land records; offered top-notch learning and training for family historians; hosted cutting-edge genealogy conferences… and much much more.

We think that’s reason for a party!

Exterior of Osgoode Hall, Toronto

Members and guests are invited to an Anniversary Reception on Monday 25 September at historic Osgoode Hall. This will be an evening of fellowship and celebration of the achievements of Toronto Branch over the past 50 years, featuring a keynote address by Patty McGregor on her genealogical adventures after the discovery of a box of WWI letters at an auction sale. Attendees will enjoy an array of savoury finger food, a cash bar, a sweet table with coffee and tea to cap off the festivities… and a chance to win some fabulous door prizes!

Tickets must be purchased before 19 September – there will be no sales at the door. Buy your tickets now!

Please note that the Branch will not be meeting in September because of our golden anniversary event. Our first regular fall meeting will take place on Monday 23 October.

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Toronto Branch Meetings

Apr
23
Mon
7:30 pm Tracking an 18th Century Regiment
Tracking an 18th Century Regiment
Apr 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Tracking an 18th Century Regiment @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
TRACKING AN 18TH CENTURY HIGHLAND REGIMENT Speaker: Sam Allison Genealogists can benefit from the techniques and sources used to write history books. Driv’n by Fortune is about a Scots regiment that settled in Canada. The 78th Fraser’s Highlanders (1756–63) defeated the[...]
May
28
Mon
7:30 pm From Storefront to Home Front
From Storefront to Home Front
May 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
From Storefront to Home Front @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
FROM STOREFRONT TO HOME FRONT: MEMORIES OF EATON’S AT WAR Speakers: Anthony Badame & Stephanie Sukhareva Join Museum Studies masters graduates Anthony and Stephanie as they discuss their process of turning original genealogical and archival research into[...]
Jun
25
Mon
7:30 pm Yes, There Was An Argument!
Yes, There Was An Argument!
Jun 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Yes, There Was An Argument! @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
YES, THERE WAS AN ARGUMENT! Speaker: Bonnie Bell Godfrey Addison Argument, known as Ed, was born in Toronto, August 28, 1921, and died in Belgium on September 17th, 1944 at the age of 23 after[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

May
3
Thu
6:15 pm Using Your iPad & iPhone for Gen...
Using Your iPad & iPhone for Gen...
May 3 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Using Your iPad & iPhone for Genealogy @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
The course consists of four classes:    Thursdays, May 3, 10 and 17, and Monday, June 4. This course is co-sponsored with the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library. Learn how to get the[...]
May
4
Fri
10:00 am TRL Genealogy Collection Tour
TRL Genealogy Collection Tour
May 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
TRL Genealogy Collection Tour @ Toronto Reference Library, 2nd Floor | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
The tour is now full.  To put your name on the waiting list, send an email to courses@torontofamilyhistory.org and you will be contacted if a spot becomes available. TOUR OF THE GENEALOGY COLLECTION AT THE[...]
Jun
4
Mon
8:30 am Genealogy Summer Camp
Genealogy Summer Camp
Jun 4 @ 8:30 am – Jun 8 @ 6:00 pm
Genealogy Summer Camp @ Various Toronto libraries and archives
Note: Genealogy Summer Camp 2018 is now fully booked. A five-day, hands-on program for family historians with Ontario roots. Designed mainly for out-of-towners, this unique program takes researchers to different archives and libraries each day.[...]

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?