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Change. Challenge. Promise.

Three words that describe what’s in store for Toronto Branch and our members in 2016!

For many years, the Branch has held its monthly meetings at the North York Central Library. However, over the next few months, the NYCL will be undergoing major renovations, and the Canadiana Department, which has been a key partner in Toronto Branch workshops and other educational events, will be dismantled. While 2016 will bring to an end a long and valued relationship for the Branch, it will also mark a new beginning, as we get set to relocate most of our Branch activities to beautiful and spacious new quarters at Eglinton St George’s United Church just west of Yonge between Eglinton and Lawrence in North Toronto.

Conference 2016 logoThere’s another reason, though, that 2016 is shaping up to be a big year for Toronto Branch. We are hosting the biggest genealogical event in Canada – the annual Conference of our parent organization, the Ontario Genealogical Society. Registration is now open for Conference 2016, which will take place from June 3rd to 5th at the International Plaza Hotel near Pearson Airport. The Conference theme is “Genealogy on the Cutting Edge” and the organizing committee is making sure that every aspect of the program lives up to that demanding standard.  We can’t wait to welcome our enthusiastic speakers and exhibitors, and of course hundreds of eager family historians, and show off our city’s splendid collection of libraries and archives. You won’t want to miss it!

And there’s still more… our winter season of educational programming is just about to begin! In February 2016, Toronto Branch is offering a series of courses on social history, and an introductory course on the basics of genealogy and family history. We’ll be hosting a workshop led by the Ulster Historical Foundation as part of its North American Tour in March, and we’re looking forward to another workshop in April on Quebec family history. Did we mention our fabulous monthly meetings and presentations, which are now being live-streamed for those who can’t attend in person? And our active Special Interest Groups? What’s in store for the fall… wait and see!

Is this going to be a busy year? You bet! But we think it’s going to be one of the most interesting and rewarding years ever to be a Toronto Branch member.

January Meeting

Our first Toronto Branch meeting of 2016 will take place on Monday 25 January starting at 7:30 pm at the Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Hall, 5110 Yonge Street in Toronto (convenient access from the North York subway station).

We’ll begin our January meeting with some important Branch news and a short presentation by Mary Williamson titled My great-great grandfather was a huckster!

Jason RocksOur featured speaker at the January meeting will be Branch member Donna Di Lello, who’ll be demonstrating some inspired ways to show off our family history – from artistic charts to re-purposed heritage jewellery.

Indulge your creative side and join us for And Now for Something Completely Different: charts have their place, but…

During our mid-meeting break, you’ll have an opportunity to drop by our information tables to find out about our winter lineup of courses and other Branch activities and announcements, or catch up with other family history enthusiasts.

We will be live-streaming this meeting for those who are unable to attend in person. For instructions on how to connect to our live feed, visit our Live Meeting Stream page. We hope you’ll be able to join us – either in person or on-line.

To find out more about our January meeting, and what’s in store for future Branch meetings, please visit our Meetings page or browse through our Calendar.

Toronto Branch Meetings

Feb
22
Mon
7:30 pm Researching and Sharing Your Fam...
Researching and Sharing Your Fam...
Feb 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Researching and Sharing Your Family’s Social History @ Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Hall | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Barbara J. Starmans Researching and Sharing Your Family’s Social History As a genealogist, don’t you wish that you could draw up a chair by the fire at your ancestor’s house and have a cup[...]
Mar
28
Mon
7:30 pm St Patrick’s Day Riots of 1858
St Patrick’s Day Riots of 1858
Mar 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Dr. David Wilson: The St Patrick’s Day Riots of 1858 Ethno-religious street fighting, a corrupt police force, rabble-rousing Councilmen, class conflict within both the Protestant and Catholic Irish communities, and a murder mystery —[...]
Apr
25
Mon
7:30 pm (Mis)Adventures in Genealogy
(Mis)Adventures in Genealogy
Apr 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Susan Reid: (Mis)Adventures in Genealogy–Labyrinth, Maze or Rabbit-hole? Family history research is often fraught with missing or erroneous records, and findings that seem to conflict with oral family history. What’s a genealogist to do? Sometimes[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Feb
20
Sat
10:00 am Introduction to Genealogy and Fa...
Introduction to Genealogy and Fa...
Feb 20 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Introduction to Genealogy and Family History @ North York Central Library, Room 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
A HALF-DAY COURSE ON SATURDAY FEBRUARY 20 FROM 10AM TO 3PM INCLUDING A 1-HOUR LUNCH BREAK This course is jointly sponsored by the Toronto Public Library and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. Registration is required.[...]
Feb
24
Wed
2:00 pm Hands-On Ancestry.ca Library Edi...
Hands-On Ancestry.ca Library Edi...
Feb 24 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Hands-On Ancestry.ca Library Edition Winter 2016 @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This course is on Wednesdays, February 24, March 2, and March 9, 2016.  It is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Science Department at the Toronto Reference Library and Toronto Branch Ontario Genealogical Society.[...]
Mar
5
Sat
9:00 am Ulster Historical Foundation Nor...
Ulster Historical Foundation Nor...
Mar 5 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Ulster Historical Foundation North American Tour 2016: Finding Your Irish and Scots-Irish Roots @ North York Civic Centre, Memorial Hall, Burgundy Room | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This full day workshop is jointly sponsored by the Canadiana Department at the North York Central Library and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. Registration is required. Registration is now open. If you have Irish[...]
Mar
30
Wed
2:00 pm Drop-In Ancestry.ca Library Edit...
Drop-In Ancestry.ca Library Edit...
Mar 30 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
This course is on 3 Wednesdays: March 30, April 27, and May 25, 2016.  No registration is required.  The course is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Science Department at the Toronto Reference Library[...]

Other Events

Jun
3
Fri
all-day OGS Conference 2016: Genealogy o...
OGS Conference 2016: Genealogy o...
Jun 3 – Jun 5 all-day
OGS Conference 2016: Genealogy on the Cutting Edge @ International Plaza Hotel | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Toronto Branch will welcome hundreds of family historians to the largest genealogical conference in Canada. The event will be based at the International Plaza Hotel, close to Pearson International Airport, Highway 401, and with good[...]

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 and purchase Dell computer products at special rates?