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50th Anniversary Reception

2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of Toronto Branch—the very first Branch created by the Ontario Genealogical Society. Help us mark this important milestone and the achievements of Toronto Branch over the past 50 years. Please join us for an evening of celebration and of fellowship with current and past members. Enjoy savoury finger food and cash bar at 6:15 pm. A sweet table and coffee and tea will be served after the keynote address.

Monday September 25, 2017
6:15 pm to 9:30 pm
Osgoode Hall (Convocation Hall, 2nd floor)
130 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 2N6

Help us create a record of our golden anniversary—bring your pictures and memorabilia of Branch members and events, stop by the photo booth that will be set up throughout the evening, snap your own shots of the festivities, and write about your favourite Branch moments in the memory book.

George Gallie NasmithKEYNOTE ADDRESS:
The World War I Letters of George Gallie Nasmith:
A Challenging Moment in Genealogy
About 20 years ago, a box of letters was purchased at an auction sale. The letters were to and from Lieutenant Colonel George Gallie Nasmith of Toronto, who went overseas in 1914 with the Headquarters staff of the First Canadian Contingent as the “Water Specialist.” This collection of approximately 275 letters covers the period of August 1914 to September 1916 and provides a wealth of information not only of one man’s first-hand view of the war, but also about events in the City of Toronto at that time—and even more specifically the everyday lives of friends and family. Our speaker will describe her adventures in reading and transcribing the Nasmith letters, and identifying and researching the letter writers and the events and people mentioned. Her final challenge was in deciding how best to share the contents of the letters. Therein lay the rub and a hard lesson learned—for any genealogist.


Patty McGregor, PLCGS, instructor for the National Institute of Genealogical Studies and author, has been researching her family for over 25 years. A resident of Ottawa, she is the author of Don’t Forget to Write: a look at the Canadian YMCA through historical postcards, and Researching Canadian Immigration Records (Heritage Productions). Patty and her husband have been involved in the antiques and collectibles business for 35 years, offering historical books and ephemera for sale at many genealogical conferences.



OGS Members $20
Non members $35
Purchase your tickets online before September 19. No tickets at the door.

Historic Osgoode Hall .at Queen and University in downtown Toronto is named for William Osgoode, the first Chief Justice of Upper Canada. The building, parts of which date back to 1829, housed the province’s only official law school for close to 80 years. It is now home to the Court of Appeal and Divisional Court, the highest courts of Ontario, as well as the Law Society of Upper Canada, its Archives and Great Library, and lecture halls for continuing legal education. Our reception will be held in Osgoode’s Convocation Hall, a venue inspired by the medieval Inns of Court and featuring ten magnificent stained glass windows representing various aspects of Canadian legal heritage. Once an examination room for law students, it is now a bustling restaurant by day. Osgoode Hall is an accessible building.

Exterior of Osgoode Hall, Toronto

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