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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

Oct
23
Mon
7:30 pm Toronto’s Massey Family
Toronto’s Massey Family
Oct 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Toronto's Massey Family @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Toronto’s Massey Family: A Story Told Through Postal History Speaker: Kathy Hartley Kathy Hartley spent decades researching her own family history before becoming a reference librarian at a philatelic research foundation in Toronto. Once there her[...]
Nov
27
Mon
7:30 pm Great Moments in Genealogy
Great Moments in Genealogy
Nov 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Great Moments in Genealogy @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
In keeping with tradition, eleven Toronto Branch members will be sharing “great moments” in their family history research in a series of short presentations as follows: Beth Adams: More Betts Houses. Patricia Blackstock: Travelling Through Town,[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Oct
28
Sat
9:00 am Scottish Family History from the...
Scottish Family History from the...
Oct 28 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Scottish Family History from the GTA:  New Directions @ Toronto Reference Library, Beeton Hall | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
A FULL DAY WORKSHOP Jointly sponsored by Toronto Branch OGS and the Toronto Public Library Designed for those who have some experience of Scottish genealogy, this one-day event will show you newly available and soon-to-be-released resources[...]
Nov
10
Fri
6:15 pm Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Nov 10 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This course is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library, and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. The course will be on three Fridays: November 10, 17, & 24,[...]
Nov
18
Sat
9:00 am Kanata to Canada – A Journey thr...
Kanata to Canada – A Journey thr...
Nov 18 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Kanata to Canada - A Journey through Time @ Eglinton St George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
A FULL DAY WORKSHOP Saturday, November 18, 2017: Eglinton St George’s United Church Sponsored by the Toronto Branch OGS Join us in our special Canada 150 event as we explore the legacy of records our[...]
Dec
9
Sat
11:00 am TRL Special Collections Centre Tour
TRL Special Collections Centre Tour
Dec 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
TRL Special Collections Centre Tour @ Toronto Reference Library, 5th Floor | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This tour is jointly sponsored by the Toronto Public Library and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. Registration is required.  Registration is now open. Marilyn & Charles Baillie Special Collections Centre Tour: The emphasis of this tour[...]

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? And that Toronto Branch belongs to the Federation of Genealogical Societies, which means our members can also subscribe to findmypast.com at special rates?