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Winter 2016 Courses & Workshop

We’re happy to announce our winter 2016 educational season at Toronto Branch—guaranteed to keep you learning through those chilly months ahead…

On Tuesday afternoons in February 2016, we’re offering A Series on Social History, with four sessions aimed at enriching your understanding of how your ancestors lived. Our four expert speakers—Ingrid Mida, Sarah B. Hood, Sheila Knox and Marianne Fedunkiw—will help you discover what it meant when people became sick or injured in 19th-century Canada, what kinds of food they ate, the clothes they wore and how their footwear was made.

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“Toronto Fish Market” (1839-1842)

If you’re just setting out to explore your family history and looking for basic guidance, mark Saturday February 20th in your calendar. Instructor Linda Reid will lead a fast-paced one-day course called Introduction to Genealogy and Family History, highlighting key records and research techniques.

Due to overwhelming demand, instructor Carol Nichols will repeat her three-session course on how to make the most of Ancestry.ca Library Edition, on Wednesday afternoons in late February and early March. Carol’s course, titled Hands-On Ancestry.ca Library Edition, will be followed by three drop-in sessions at the Toronto Reference Library the last Wednesday of March, April and May. Stop by and practice your Ancestry.ca skills with the help of volunteers from the Toronto Branch Members Network.

And we’re very pleased to present a workshop as part of the Ulster Historical Foundation’s North American Tour 2016. On Saturday March 5th, two of the Foundation’s research specialists, Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt, will join us for a full day of lectures on how to pursue your roots in the province of Ulster. If you have Irish or Scots-Irish ancestors, this will be a must-attend workshop.

Visit our Learn with Toronto Branch pages for program details. Registration for all of the above events will open on 25 October.

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Toronto Branch Meetings

Sep
23
Mon
7:30 pm The Spanish Flu
The Spanish Flu
Sep 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Spanish Flu @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
THE SPANISH FLU, TORONTO’S – CANADA’S FORGOTTEN PANDEMIC Speaker: Mike Clare The story of the Spanish Flu epidemic in Canada and Toronto is a forgotten one. Why? It has been called the most documented epidemic[...]
Oct
28
Mon
7:30 pm Searching for Benedict Arnold
Searching for Benedict Arnold
Oct 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Searching for Benedict Arnold @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
SEARCHING FOR BENEDICT ARNOLD AND FINDING A DIFFERENT LOYALIST ARNOLD SPY 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[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Sep
24
Tue
6:30 pm Genealogy Resources in TPL’s Cat...
Genealogy Resources in TPL’s Cat...
Sep 24 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Genealogy Resources in TPL's Catalogue @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
TUESDAY, September 24 Co-sponsored with the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library The Toronto Reference Library contains many excellent genealogy resources. This hands-on class will demonstrate how to use the Toronto[...]
Sep
26
Thu
4:00 pm Hands-On Criminal Justice Records
Hands-On Criminal Justice Records
Sep 26 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hands-On Criminal Justice Records @ Archives of Ontario | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Hands-On Criminal Justice Records of 19th Century Ontario Family historians are always seeking records that will help us tell the story of our ancestors’ lives. We want more than just names, dates and places. But[...]
Oct
9
Wed
6:15 pm Library & Archives Canada: A Gol...
Library & Archives Canada: A Gol...
Oct 9 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Library & Archives Canada: A Goldmine @ Toronto Reference Library
A GOLDMINE for FAMILY RESEARCHERS: LIBRARY & ARCHIVES CANADA Wednesdays, October 9, 16 and 23 (3 week course) Co-sponsored with the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library. Registration is required. Registration[...]
Oct
18
Fri
2:00 pm Try Your Hand at Genetic Genealogy
Try Your Hand at Genetic Genealogy
Oct 18 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Try Your Hand at Genetic Genealogy @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Intensive Hands-on Session:  Try Your Hand at Genetic Genealogy with Diahan Southard Working in pairs or small groups you will get a chance to take a DNA case step-by-step to learn how to explore your[...]
Oct
19
Sat
8:30 am Grow & Organize Your DNA Network
Grow & Organize Your DNA Network
Oct 19 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Grow & Organize Your DNA Network @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Workshop: Grow & Organize Your DNA Network with Diahan Southard – Your DNA Guide Join us for a full day with Diahan Southard “Your DNA Guide” the internationally known speaker who can help you organize[...]

Did you know?

That Toronto Branch OGS has more than 600 members? That members get a discount on publications, and course and workshop registration fees?