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

Volunteer opportunities

Toronto Branch is entirely staffed by volunteers. We rely on our members to volunteer their time and effort to organize and promote Branch meetings and workshops, maintain the Branch website and social media communications, respond to queries, contribute to and produce our newsletter Toronto Tree, develop and sell Branch publications, coordinate and work on our special projects, serve on the Branch Executive Committee, and much more… Without our volunteers, we simply would not exist.

Why volunteer with Toronto Branch?

Some of the many rewards of volunteering include:

  • the ability  to use your individual skills and experience to benefit others
  • the satisfaction of being able to contribute to and expand Toronto research resources
  • a closer connection with Branch operations and the opportunity to assist in steering future Branch initiatives
  • a more in-depth understanding and appreciation of Toronto records and repositories
  • the opportunity to share ideas, breakthroughs and brick walls with fellow family historians

Current volunteer opportunities

How can you help? Toronto Branch is always in need of volunteers to help with transcription and indexing work – to find out what we’re working on at the moment and how you can contribute, visit our Projects page. In addition, we are currently seeking members who would like to take on the following tasks:

Executive Committee Members

Executive Committee members are usually elected at Annual General Meetings (AGMs), but as needed, members are appointed between AGMs as vacancies arise. Becoming an Executive Committee member is a fulfilling way in which to use your skills and interests to help sustain and improve Branch services for fellow members. The camaraderie is rewarding too!

If you would be interested in finding out about the various Executive Committee roles and discussing how you could contribute your energy and talents to the future success of the Branch, please email our Volunteer Facilitator

Audio-Visual (AV) Support Team Members

The overall goal of this team is to provide audio-visual support for presenters at the Branch’s meetings, special lectures, workshops and courses. The majority of presenters use PowerPoint presentations. The Branch is also now video recording its monthly meetings.

Equipment involved includes projectors, computers, screens, and wireless microphones.

Members are free to choose roles that best suit their skills, interests and time constraints. The goal is to have a number of team members so that work assignments are shared.

Examples of roles available include:

    • Maintenance of an updated inventory of AV equipment.
    • Arrangements for equipment storage, repair and maintenance.
    • Equipment set-up and take-down at events.
    • Trouble-shooting during presentations.
    • Using a video camera.
  • Setting up a wireless microphone during interactive sessions.
  • Controlling the sound system for video.
  • Controlling the computer system for video.

Training will be provided! Please email our AV team.

If you think you might be able to take on one of the positions listed above that does not have specific contact information, or if you are interested in volunteering for Toronto Branch but in another capacity, please email our Volunteer Facilitator. We’ll do our best to match you to a job that suits your skills, interests, location and schedule!