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Winter 2017 Courses

The holiday season is almost here… and so is a new season of learning with Toronto Branch! Here’s a quick look at what we have lined up for our winter 2017 term…

If you’ve taken an autosomal DNA test and are wondering what your next steps should be, be sure to sign up for our three-week Introduction to Genetic Genealogy course with instructor Linda Reid on Tuesday evenings in January. You’ll learn how to use genetic evidence to confirm and expand your family tree.

Would you like to learn how to locate estate files and mine the valuable clues they can contain? Consider joining instructor Jane E. MacNamara for Hands-on Records of Inheritance, a three-session course at the Archives of Ontario on Thursday evenings in January and February. Sharpen your research skills with expert guidance.

New to genealogy? Or feeling a little rusty? Don’t miss our fast-paced Introduction to Genealogy and Family History on Saturday March 25. Linda Reid will review essential record types and techniques for researching your ancestors.

And that’s not all… We’ve also arranged three guided tours of key Toronto repositories.

View from main floor of City of Toronto Archives

City of Toronto Archives

We’ll be spending two Thursday afternoons at the Toronto Reference Library — on January 19, we’ll be visiting the Genealogy Collection, and, on  February 23, we’ll be exploring the Marilyn & Charles Baillie Special Collections Centre. Then, on Tuesday March 21, we’re planning a full day at the City of Toronto Archives. These tours are free, but space is limited, so you will need to register in advance.

We are now accepting registrations for all of the above courses and tours. Visit our Learn with Toronto Branch pages for program details and to sign up online.

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Toronto Branch Meetings

Nov
27
Mon
7:30 pm Great Moments in Genealogy
Great Moments in Genealogy
Nov 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Great Moments in Genealogy @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
In keeping with tradition, ten Toronto Branch members will be sharing “great moments” in their family history research in a series of short presentations as follows: Beth Adams: More Betts Houses. Patricia Blackstock: Travelling Through[...]
Jan
22
Mon
7:30 pm Lives and Times of the United Em...
Lives and Times of the United Em...
Jan 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Lives and Times of the United Empire Loyalists @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Sandra McNamara UE Please join Sandra as she travels back in time to explain how the United Empire Loyalists can be considered Canada’s first refugees. Many of the founding families of Canada had originally settled[...]
Feb
26
Mon
7:30 pm Digital Humanities for Family Hi...
Digital Humanities for Family Hi...
Feb 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Digital Humanities for Family Historians @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
DIGITAL HUMANITIES FOR FAMILY HISTORIANS — AN UPDATE FOR 2018 Speaker: Marian Press Digital humanities is an area of research and teaching at the intersection of computing and the disciplines of the humanities, which has[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Dec
9
Sat
11:00 am TRL Special Collections Centre Tour
TRL Special Collections Centre Tour
Dec 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
TRL Special Collections Centre Tour @ Toronto Reference Library, 5th Floor | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This tour is jointly sponsored by the Toronto Public Library and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. Registration is required.  Registration is now open. Marilyn & Charles Baillie Special Collections Centre Tour: The emphasis of this tour[...]
Jan
10
Wed
10:00 am Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Jan 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Course runs on three Wednesdays: January 10, 17 and 24, 2018. This course is for genealogists with well-researched family trees that they wish to confirm and expand with genetic evidence. There will be an overview[...]
Jan
31
Wed
6:15 pm Putting Your Family Tree Online
Putting Your Family Tree Online
Jan 31 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Putting Your Family Tree Online @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Course runs on three Wednesdays: January 31, February 7 and 14, 2018. There are many choices for how to put your family information online for others to find and for them to respond to what[...]
Feb
1
Thu
4:00 pm Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Feb 1 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records @ Archives of Ontario | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Course runs on three Thursdays: February 1, 8 and 15, 2018. An enormous amount of information about the people and families who lived in early Ontario survives in land records. The records of the Crown[...]

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? And that Toronto Branch belongs to the Federation of Genealogical Societies, which means our members can also subscribe to findmypast.com at special rates?