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Fall 2016 Courses

Get set for a busy autumn season of learning at Toronto Branch!

On Wednesday afternoons in September and October 2016, we will be presenting a three-session course by Carol Nichols, titled Hands-On Ancestry.ca Library Edition. Join Carol for practical instruction on how to use one of the largest commercial databases of Canadian and international records to build your family tree.

If you’re ready to put your research skills into practice with expert guidance, consider joining Jane E. MacNamara for Hands-on Early Ontario Land Records, a three-session course at the Archives of Ontario on Thursday afternoons in October. Learn how to navigate the Archives’ collections to document the acquisition of land in Upper Canada.

Are you intrigued by the possibility of confirming and expanding your family tree through DNA testing? If so, consider signing up for our three-week Introduction to Genetic Genealogy with instructor Linda Reid on Wednesday evenings also in October.

People who are just starting out or are interested in upgrading their basic research skills will want to register for our eight-week course on Wednesday afternoons from mid-October to early December on Basic Genealogy and Family History. Instructor Jane E. MacNamara will cover terminology, types of sources, the use of on-line resources as well as libraries and archives, and sound record-keeping practices.

And for guidance on options available for sharing your family information and connecting with other family historians on the Internet, join Marian Press for a three-week course on Tuesday evenings in October and November called Putting Your Family Tree On-line.

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

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.

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.

Please note: Due to unforeseeable circumstances, this meeting will not be live-streamed as planned.

Toronto Branch Meetings

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
6
Thu
4:00 pm Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Oct 6 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records @ Archives of Ontario | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This course is offered in partnership with the Archives of Ontario. Course sessions are on Thursdays, October 6, 13 and 20, 2016. An enormous amount of information about the people and families who lived in[...]
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: This course is for genealogists with well-researched family trees that they wish to confirm and expand with genetic evidence. There will be[...]
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.[...]

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
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 to the completion[...]

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?