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Toronto Branch monthly meetings are an opportunity to learn and to connect with fellow members. The format of meetings varies but there is always at least one main presentation by a guest speaker. Other offerings may include: short presentations by members about ‘great moments’ in their family history research, sessions where Branch expert researchers help solve members’ brick walls, other learning/sharing opportunities, ‘Discovery’ tables where items of interest to family historians are displayed or demonstrated, and ‘Rescue’ tables where donated gently-used publications are made available to other members.

Meetings are normally held the fourth Monday of the month at Lansing United Church, at the corner of Poyntz Avenue and Beecroft Road in Toronto  (west of Yonge just south of Sheppard). Official proceedings are from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. However, all members are welcome to come early and join the informal Members Network meeting commencing at 6:15 p.m.

Welcoming Newcomers
Oct 22 @ 7:30 pm
Welcoming Newcomers @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada


Speaker: Jane E. MacNamara
Established in the 1830s and before, societies like St. Andrew’s, St. George’s, St. Patrick’s and many other ethnic-based benevolent organizations provided guidance, financial and social support for their countrymen and women arriving in Canada. This session will look at the activities and surviving records of these organizations, and how their presence may have influenced the way your ancestors settled into their new homes—yet stayed connected with the old.

Jane E. MacNamara, Toronto, is the author of Inheritance in Ontario: Wills and other Records for Family Historians (OGS/Dundurn) and writes about genealogy at A long time member of OGS, Jane lectures about research methodology, Ontario, and English family history to genealogical and historical groups throughout southern Ontario. She teaches courses for Toronto Branch OGS, most notably hands-on courses about Ontario records. As a trained graphic designer, Jane creates WordPress-based websites and helps clients with book projects.

Mini-presentation: Sherilyn Bell: The UCSC Database—A Handy Reference Source for Genetic Genealogists

Great Moments in Genealogy
Nov 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Great Moments in Genealogy @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

In keeping with our very popular annual tradition, eight Toronto Branch members will be sharing “great moments” in their family history research in a series of short presentations as follows:


Patricia Clesle: Using Newspapers to Confirm Fact or Fiction.

David Corkill: A Mysterious Family Letter: Solved.

Sheelagh Hysenaj: Recreating History.

Georgie Kennedy: The Search for Ruth.

Valerie O’Brien: Being Neighbourly.

Gwyneth Pearce: Alternative Facts: The Clues Queenie Left Behind.

Marian Press: The Gullible Husband, or They Tried to Warn Him: A Divorce in Eighteenth-Century Scotland.

Diana Thomson: My Shining Knight.