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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.

Searching for Benedict Arnold
Oct 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Searching for Benedict Arnold @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada


Speaker: Beth Adams
Wouldn’t it be great to prove Grover Cleveland was related to Benedict Arnold?  Sadly, Beth has yet to make that magical connection, but with the help of her Mother and some cousins, she is now a bona fide United Empire Loyalist descendant through her Cleveland and Arnold lines.

Many families have family lore about their United Empire Loyalist ancestors that is found to be more lore than fact when the search for those elusive “proofs” is begun.  Finding all the proven links between Beth and her Loyalist 5 times great-grandfather took many, many years of searching censuses, land records, wills and tax records everywhere from southwestern Ontario to Digby Nova Scotia to the coast of New Jersey and Long Island, NY.  There were many interesting road trips, new cousins to meet, and in the end—another Loyalist to start all over with!  Beth will outline the processes and her discoveries along the way to UEL status, with lots of pictures and stories to go with them.

Beth Adams has been a Toronto Branch member since 1990 and has, over that time, volunteered in many ways.  She is also a member of the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada.  She retired from teaching middle school after 30 years last winter and moved to Pembroke last spring, where she joined the Upper Ottawa Valley Genealogical Group, volunteers with the Ottawa Valley Historical Society and helps with the Pembroke Legion’s museum.  Beth has been deeply involved in the Scouting in the past and has three sons who apparently will give her a “cool” when she finds something interesting about their ancestors.

Mini Presentation:
Members of the Toronto and Governor Simcoe Branches of the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada will join us during and after the break.  There will be a short presentation on the Association, after which OGS Toronto Branch members will be invited to visit various displays and speak with UEL members about their activities and work.  Displays will include forms for “proving” UEL status, books and maps from the UEL Toronto Branch’s library, period costumes, re-enacting opportunities, etc.  Refreshments will also be available.


Great Moments in Genealogy
Nov 25 @ 7:30 pm
Great Moments in Genealogy @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

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


Paul Jones: Please pass the Pringles!

Jean McNulty: Searching for Margaret McClure

Greg Marlatt: Honeymoon Disaster

Michael Nettleton: The Needle in the Haystack

Diana Thomson: My Shining Knight

Nick Koutroubousis: No Two Goats are the Same

Michael Kerwin and Chris Aylott: Tennis Anyone?

Valerie O’Brien: Not Just Your Average Grandma

Heather Somers: Hooo’s in the House

Light refreshments will be served at the break.