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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.

Toronto Fish Market

“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

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[...]
Nov
25
Mon
7:30 pm Great Moments in Genealogy
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[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Oct
23
Wed
6:30 pm Genealogy Resources in TPL’s Cat...
Genealogy Resources in TPL’s Cat...
Oct 23 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Genealogy Resources in TPL's Catalogue @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23 Due to high demand a new date has been added! Co-sponsored by Toronto Public Library. The Toronto Reference Library contains many excellent genealogy resources. This hands-on class will demonstrate how to use[...]
Oct
30
Wed
6:30 pm TRL Map Collections Tour
TRL Map Collections Tour
Oct 30 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
TRL Map Collections Tour @ Toronto Reference Library, 2nd floor | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
TORONTO REFERENCE LIBRARY MAP COLLECTIONS TOUR This tour is co-sponsored with the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library. The tour will highlight the various types of maps available for research: from[...]
Nov
6
Wed
6:15 pm Advanced Research Skills
Advanced Research Skills
Nov 6 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Advanced Research Skills @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
COURSE RUNS ON THREE WEDNESDAY EVENINGS, NOVEMBER 6, 13 AND 20 Co-sponsored with the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library. This course will teach you how to do online research like[...]

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?