An organization of family historians, some with Toronto roots, others who live in Toronto, we have ancestors around the world.


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.

Since March 2020, Toronto Branch meetings have moved online as Zoom webinars. We anticipate that this option will continue—to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep our members safe—and to accommodate the much larger audience of distant members and non-members who have become regular attendees.

The October 24, 2022 meeting, will be our first “hybrid” meeting. You may join us at Lansing United Church or online. Click here for details.

Forensic Genealogy: The new frontier
Mar 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Forensic Genealogy: The new frontier @ ONLINE WEBINAR | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

Forensic genealogy is a new buzz-word these days. But what exactly is forensic genealogy? How is it applied? Who needs a forensic genealogist and why? This talk will address these questions and provide some real-world examples. Hold on to your hats because what you learn will open Pandora’s Box!

Speaker Christine Cochran is a professional genealogist and owner of Forensic & Family Genealogy, LLC. She has been conducting genealogical research for more than 20 years. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), and a past registrar for the Mountain Rendezvous Chapter of the National Daughters of the American Revolution. In the past, she has held offices as president of the Colorado Chapter of APG, Vice-President and Researcher for the Colorado Genealogy Society, and delegate on the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies. She has served as the “On-the-Desk Genealogist” at the Denver Public Library—Western History and Genealogy Department, and as an indexer at the Colorado State Archives. She has conducted research for the popular PBS show “Finding Your Roots” starring Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Christine has been interviewed by Genealogy TV, KGNU radio, and PBN radio. She has been published internationally in Irish Roots Magazine. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the Colorado School of Mines, a Master’s degree from Regis University, and is a graduate of Professional Genealogists Study Groups (ProGen.) Drawing on a wide range of skills, Christine focuses on forensic genealogy for heirship cases, NSDAR applications, residential genealogies, and coaching clients with their own research.

The Baton and the Little “Black” Box
Although Speaker Bonnie Bell has been researching her family history in earnest since the 1980s, it came as a shock to find family treasures that she hadn’t known existed. This is the tale of a small silver box and a policeman’s baton found amongst her late brother’s effects. We’ll learn the history of the silver box and how the baton connected to a dramatic front-page story in a prairie newspaper. This cautionary tale is for anyone thinking you’ve found it all. Family history and genealogy are never done.

These will be online presentations. Click here to register for the webinar and get your unique Zoom link.

Leveraging Handwriting Recognition Technology in Genealogy
Apr 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Our feature presentation, by Allison Lau and her team from, will be an overview of how has developed Handwriting Recognition Technology to improve the customer experience of the 1931 Census of Canada. They will also provide updates on other products and services from Ancestry Canada

Speaker Allison Lau is General Manager, Canada, for

This will be a hybrid presentation. No need to register if you are attending in person. To attend online, click here to register and get your unique Zoom link.