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Conference “Carrots”

If you aren’t one of the more than six hundred people who have already signed up to attend OGS Conference 2016, “Genealogy on the Cutting Edge“, coming to Toronto in June, this may prompt you to take the plunge!

The Conference 2016 team has just announced that anyone who registers by May 15 will be eligible for a special package of genealogy goodies courtesy of the event’s generous sponsors. The details are still under wraps (who doesn’t love a genealogy surprise?), but we understand this is a giveaway that will appeal to any family history enthusiast. In other words, it’s not just a carrot… it’s a whole bunch. You can register online or by mail. Visit the Conference 2016 website to get started.

Oh, and don’t worry—if you were one of the wise early-bird registrants, your name is already on the list for the special giveaway package.

Good luck!

bunch of carrots

April Meeting

Our April Toronto Branch meeting will take place on Monday 25 April starting at 7:30 pm. If you can, come a little early—there will be family history poster presentations starting at 7:00 pm, courtesy of the Branch Members Network. This will be the first Branch meeting at our new venue—Eglinton St George’s United Church at 35 Lytton Blvd in North Toronto.

ESGFor those who haven’t yet had an opportunity to visit, Eglinton St George’s is located a block west of Yonge Street between Eglinton and Lawrence Avenues. It is a short bus-ride or a reasonable walking distance from either the Eglinton or Lawrence subway station. If you are driving, there is some local street parking and there are three “Green P” parking lots close by. We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful new location.

Our featured speaker at the April meeting will be Branch member Susan Reid who will tackle some of the trials and tribulations of family history in her talk, (Mis)Adventures in Genealogy–Labyrinth, Maze or Rabbit-hole? When you come across missing records, conflicting dates, name changes or accounts that just don’t match up with the evidence, what’s a genealogist to do?

During our mid-meeting break, you’ll have an opportunity to mingle with other members and guests, and drop by our information tables to find out about Branch activities and volunteer openings. We’ll close out the evening with a short presentation by Branch Chair Richard Yeardye titled From rags to riches—a Home Child success story.

Please note that this meeting will not be live-streamed. We hope many of you will be able to join us in person. We expect to resume live-streaming our monthly meetings as of May.

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

Toronto Branch Meetings

May
30
Mon
7:30 pm Research techniques for the fami...
Research techniques for the fami...
May 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Research techniques for the family historian @ Eglinton St George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Jennifer Robson: Research techniques for the family historian International bestselling author Jennifer Robson is a former Commonwealth Scholar and SSHRC Doctoral Fellow and holds a D Phil in Modern History from the University of Oxford. At this[...]
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

May
9
Mon
6:30 pm Designing Genealogy Posters
Designing Genealogy Posters
May 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Designing Genealogy Posters @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This evening course is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Science Department at the Toronto Reference Library and Ontario Genealogical Society’s Toronto Branch Members Network Description: In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how[...]
Jun
3
Fri
all-day Spadina’s Austin Family and the ...
Spadina’s Austin Family and the ...
Jun 3 all-day
Spadina's Austin Family and the Great War @ Spadina Museum | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
A FULL-DAY PROGRAM OFFERED IN CONJUNCTION WITH OGS CONFERENCE 2016. Bus leaves the International Plaza Hotel, 655 Dixon Road at 8:45 am. If it is more convenient for you to join the group at Spadina[...]

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?