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Winter 2019 courses

The winter semester of Toronto Branch courses gets underway in January 2019, with a focus on hands-on learning!

On Tuesday evenings in January, join instructor Marian Press for Using Digital Newspapers On-line for Genealogy, a three-week course at the Toronto Reference Library on how to find and make the most of newspapers for family history research. The emphasis will be on historical newspapers from North America, the UK and Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

deed of land

Land Deed for King Township, Ontario 1894
Wikimedia Commons

And instructor Jane MacNamara will lead two three-week courses at the Archives of Ontario in February and March. In each of these courses, participants will learn how to navigate the finding aids, numbering systems and collections at the Archives of Ontario by working through assigned case histories in small groups.

On Tuesday afternoons in February, join Jane for Hands-On Records of Inheritance, and find out not only how to locate estate files and land registry records but how to understand and build on your discoveries.

Jane’s second course, Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records, is being offered on Thursday afternoons in March. Find out how the early land grant process worked and how to mine rich Crown Land records to document an ancestor’s acquisition of property in Upper Canada.

Registration is now open for all three winter Branch courses. Visit our Learn with Toronto Branch pages for full details and to sign up online. We encourage you to register before the end-of-year rush to avoid disappointment. Space is limited in all of our educational events and they can fill up quickly.

Members of the Ontario Genealogical Society enjoy discounts on our course fees—just one of the benefits of membership in the Society and Toronto Branch. Join or renew for 2019 before November 30 and you’ll also be entered in a special early bird draw.

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Toronto Branch Meetings

Jan
28
Mon
7:30 pm The Spanish Flu
The Spanish Flu
Jan 28 @ 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[...]
Feb
25
Mon
7:30 pm Toronto’s Early Police Detectives
Toronto’s Early Police Detectives
Feb 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Ellen Maki Visiting the haunts of felons and searching pawn shops for stolen goods were some of the duties of Toronto’s Victorian police detectives. Who were the policemen who became detectives, and was their[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Jan
15
Tue
6:15 pm Using Digital Newspapers for Gen...
Using Digital Newspapers for Gen...
Jan 15 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Using Digital Newspapers for Genealogy Research @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
A THREE-WEEK COURSE ON TUESDAYS January 15, 22 and 29 Co-sponsored with the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library. Advanced registration is required.  Newspapers have always been a major, although under-used,[...]
Feb
5
Tue
5:00 pm Hands-on Records of Inheritance
Hands-on Records of Inheritance
Feb 5 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hands-on Records of Inheritance @ Archives of Ontario | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This course is jointly sponsored by the Archives of Ontario and Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. The course will be on three Tuesdays: February 5, 12, & 19, 2019 Registration is required. Finding your Ontario[...]
Mar
7
Thu
4:00 pm Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Mar 7 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records @ Archives of Ontario | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Course runs on three Thursdays: March 7, 14 and 21, 2019. Registration is required. Land records are a rich source of information about settlers in Ontario. This course deals with the earliest period, when land[...]

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?