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June Meeting

Our June 2016 Toronto Branch meeting will take place on Monday 27 June starting at 7:30 pm at our new location—Eglinton St George’s United Church at 35 Lytton Blvd in North Toronto.

Jane - St. Bartholomew the GreatPlease join us for a fascinating case history presentation. Our featured speaker Jane E. MacNamara will guide us through many early English records—from manorial records and parish registers in Yorkshire, to an ancient church in Smithfield, to manors in rural Essex, and to intriguing records of inheritance in all locations—as we follow The Search for Alban Leaf.

During the mid-meeting break, take a few moments to drop by our information tables and find out about new Branch educational activities and volunteer opportunities… and mingle with other members and guests. We’ll conclude with a short presentation by Branch member Stephen Low titled The Ladies of Loughborough.

If you haven’t yet had a chance to visit our new venue, Eglinton St George’s, it is located a block west of Yonge Street between Eglinton and Lawrence Avenues—a short bus-ride or a reasonable walking distance from either the Eglinton or Lawrence subway station. If you’re driving, there is some local street parking and there are also three “Green P” parking lots close by.

And if you’re not able to attend in person, consider joining in online. For instructions on how to connect to our live feed, visit our Live Meeting Stream page.

This will be our last Branch meeting until September. To find out what’s in store in the fall, please visit our Meetings page or browse through our Calendar.

Tired, inspired, and very grateful

Just over a week ago we were in the midst of OGS Conference 2016 with some 720+ weekend guests, closer to 800 with speakers and exhibitors. It was a whirlwind for the volunteer committee, the culmination of a couple of years of planning and preparation—and maybe a little dreaming, too.

We are so grateful to those guests who came with us to take genealogy “to the cutting edge” like the enthusiastic attendees from Sudbury (pictured below) who made very good use of the Conference App. They are a few of the 20 Sudbury Branch members who made the trek to Toronto—proving that there’s still a role for gatherings that bring genealogists face to face.

Conference attendees from Sudbury

Thanks to the terrific speakers who brought their expertise, the exhibitors who brought their tools and local knowledge, and the sponsors and partners who put us on a sound financial footing and helped us add some bells and whistles.

After a short, but much needed rest, we’ll be tidying up the finances, and analyzing the effectiveness of various activities. We’ve invited all attendees to provide input with a painless online evaluation. (Check your inbox for the link.)

Then we’ll pass the torch to next year’s hosts—Ottawa Branch. Watch for news of that event—which also celebrates Canada’s sesquicentennial—coming soon.

Toronto Branch Meetings

Jun
27
Mon
7:30 pm The Search for Alban Leaf
The Search for Alban Leaf
Jun 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Search for Alban Leaf @ Eglinton St George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Jane MacNamara: The Search for Alban Leaf This presentation demonstrates the use of many English record types—in a period well before census and civil registration. The search for the subject of this case history, Londoner Alban Leaf (1681-1756),[...]
Sep
26
Mon
7:30 pm I’m not a Jones, but what am I?
I’m not a Jones, but what am I?
Sep 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Paul Jones I‘m not a Jones, but what am I? The story of researching two successive generations of patrilineal illegitimacy to identify the hitherto unknown fathers and my “true” surname. This account involves a 25-year[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Sep
21
Wed
2:00 pm Hands-On Ancestry.ca Library Edi...
Hands-On Ancestry.ca Library Edi...
Sep 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Hands-On Ancestry.ca Library Edition Fall 2016 @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This course is on three Wednesdays, September 21, 28 and October 5, 2016.  It is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Science Department at the Toronto Reference Library and Toronto Branch Ontario Genealogical Society[...]
Oct
12
Wed
6:15 pm Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Oct 12 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This course will be on three Wednesdays: October 12, 19, and 26, 2016 Description: There will be a brief overview of the different types of DNA tests available to genealogists (autosomal, Y-chromosome and mitochondrial) and[...]
Oct
19
Wed
2:00 pm Basic Genealogy and Family Histo...
Basic Genealogy and Family Histo...
Oct 19 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Basic Genealogy and Family History Fall 2016 @ Eglinton St. George's United Church, South Studio | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This day-time course is on 8 Wednesdays: October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, and December 7 The course is designed for those just beginning to research or looking to upgrade basic research skills.[...]
Oct
25
Tue
6:15 pm Putting Your Family Tree Online
Putting Your Family Tree Online
Oct 25 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Putting Your Family Tree Online @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This course is on three Tuesdays: October 25, November 1 and 8, 2016 Description: There are many choices for how to put your family information online for others to find and for them to respond[...]

Other Events

Aug
3
Wed
7:30 pm Toronto History Lecture
Toronto History Lecture
Aug 3 @ 7:30 pm
Toronto History Lecture @ City of Toronto Archives | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
JOIN US FOR THE 6TH ANNUAL TORONTO HISTORY LECTURE. The Chinese in Toronto: The way we were… Speaker: Arlene Chan The arrival of Chinese and the development of Chinatown in Toronto owe their modest beginnings[...]

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?