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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

Jan
22
Mon
7:30 pm Lives and Times of the United Em...
Lives and Times of the United Em...
Jan 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Lives and Times of the United Empire Loyalists @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Sandra McNamara UE Please join Sandra as she travels back in time to explain how the United Empire Loyalists can be considered Canada’s first refugees. Many of the founding families of Canada had originally settled[...]
Feb
26
Mon
7:30 pm Digital Humanities for Family Hi...
Digital Humanities for Family Hi...
Feb 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Digital Humanities for Family Historians @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
DIGITAL HUMANITIES FOR FAMILY HISTORIANS — AN UPDATE FOR 2018 Speaker: Marian Press Digital humanities is an area of research and teaching at the intersection of computing and the disciplines of the humanities, which has[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Jan
10
Wed
10:00 am Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Jan 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Course runs on three Wednesdays: January 10, 17 and 24, 2018. This course is for genealogists with well-researched family trees that they wish to confirm and expand with genetic evidence. There will be an overview[...]
Jan
13
Sat
10:00 am Introduction to Genetic Genealog...
Introduction to Genetic Genealog...
Jan 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy -Saturdays @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Course runs on three Saturdays: January 13, 20 and 27, 2018. This course is for genealogists with well-researched family trees that they wish to confirm and expand with genetic evidence. There will be an overview[...]
Jan
31
Wed
6:15 pm Putting Your Family Tree Online
Putting Your Family Tree Online
Jan 31 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Putting Your Family Tree Online @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Course runs on three Wednesdays: January 31, February 7 and 14, 2018. There are many choices for how to put your family information online for others to find and for them to respond to what[...]
Feb
1
Thu
4:00 pm Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Feb 1 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records @ Archives of Ontario | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Course runs on three Thursdays: February 1, 8 and 15, 2018. An enormous amount of information about the people and families who lived in early Ontario survives in land records. The records of the Crown[...]

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?