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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

Apr
29
Mon
7:30 pm Tracking an 18th Century Regiment
Tracking an 18th Century Regiment
Apr 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Tracking an 18th Century Regiment @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Sam Allison Genealogists can benefit from the techniques and sources used to write history books. Driv’n by Fortune is about a Scots regiment that settled in Canada. The 78th Fraser’s Highlanders (1756–63) defeated the French on the Plains of Abraham,[...]
May
27
Mon
7:30 pm The Cowkeeper’s Wish
The Cowkeeper’s Wish
May 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Cowkeeper's Wish @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
THE COWKEEPER’S WISH: A Genealogical Journey Speaker: Kristen den Hartog Our speaker will be exploring the fascinating resources she and her sister/co-author used to create The Cowkeeper’s Wish: A Genealogical Journey. Part family memoir, part social[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

May
1
Wed
6:30 pm TRL Map Collections Tour
TRL Map Collections Tour
May 1 @ 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[...]

Other Events

Jun
21
Fri
all-day OGS Conference 2019
OGS Conference 2019
Jun 21 – Jun 23 all-day
OGS Conference 2019 @ London Convention Centre
The 2019 OGS Conference provides a great opportunity for family historians to attend stimulating workshops and lectures from engaging speakers from Canada and around the world, see what’s available in the genealogy Marketplace, catch up[...]

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?