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Summer Camp Memories

It was cloudy with showers for most of the week but the 15 campers who attended the Toronto Branch Genealogy Summer Camp in early June didn’t seem to mind. This year’s Summer Camp drew family history enthusiasts from New York State, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Massachusetts, British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario—all eager to make the most of Toronto’s wonderful archives and libraries.

Campers on a TTC bus

Campers on the move between archives

Home base for Summer Camp was the Massey College residence on the downtown University of Toronto campus. The campers and instructors travelled as a group on public transit every day to different repositories, where they enjoyed a tour or tutorial to introduce them to available resources.

This year’s participants visited the Toronto Reference Library, Canadiana Department of North York Central Library, Archives of Ontario, City of Toronto Archives, and their choice of the archives of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto, Anglican Diocese of Toronto, Presbyterian Church in Canada, and the United Church of Canada’s Central Ontario Conferences. A generous block of time was set aside in each day’s schedule for campers to spend tackling their own research with the guidance of local experts.

Canadian Department of North York Central Library

Jane E. MacNamara (far left), with 2015 campers at North York Central Library’s Canadiana Department

2nd floor viewing area at City of Toronto Archives

Checking out the “miles of files” at the City of Toronto Archives

Genealogy Summer Camp, founded and run by long-time Toronto Branch member Jane E. MacNamara, has been offered almost every year since 1995 and has welcomed participants from England, right across Canada and many US states, as well as local day-campers.

Many campers have found the experience so rewarding that they have returned in subsequent years to do it all again!

June Meeting

Our June Toronto Branch meeting will take place on Monday 22 June starting at 7:30 pm at the Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Hall, 5110 Yonge Street in Toronto (convenient access from the North York Centre subway station).

Popular Toronto Branch instructor James F.S. Thomson will be our featured speaker at the June meeting. In his presentation on Recent Developments in British and Irish Research, he will update us on some intriguing recently-released resources that promise to be of interest to family and local historians alike.

Be sure to drop by our information tables during our mid-meeting break to find out about Branch courses, workshops and other activities, as well as new volunteer opportunities. After the break, enjoy a short presentation by Branch member Patricia Blackstock on 1837 Rebellion – York Region.

We will be live-streaming our June 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.

Please note that there will be no Branch meetings in July and August, but regular monthly meetings will resume in September.

Toronto Branch Meetings

Sep
28
Mon
7:30 pm What’s new at Ancestry
What’s new at Ancestry
Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Lesley Anderson  What’s new at Ancestry  
Oct
26
Mon
7:30 pm Putting Your Family Tree Online:...
Putting Your Family Tree Online:...
Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Marian Press: Putting Your Family Tree Online: What Choice Should You Make? There are now many choices for how to put your family information online for others to find, well beyond what was available[...]
Nov
23
Mon
7:30 pm Great Moments in Genealogy
Great Moments in Genealogy
Nov 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Members’ five-minute presentations on “great moments” in their genealogy research Douglas Hill: Finding A “Secret” Cousin Joan Beckley: Wearable Genealogy B C Holmes:  My Grandfather’s Research Was Too Large For the Shelf Stephen Low: Tracing in Both Directions[...]

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Courses starting & Workshops

Sep
9
Wed
2:00 pm Hands-On Ancestry.ca Library Edi...
Hands-On Ancestry.ca Library Edi...
Sep 9 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
This course is on Wednesdays, September 9, 16, and 23, 2015.  It is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Science Department at the Toronto Reference Library and Toronto Branch Ontario Genealogical Society. Uncovering your[...]
Sep
18
Fri
3:00 pm Scottish Family History Lecture
Scottish Family History Lecture
Sep 18 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Scottish Family History Lecture @ North York Central Library, Room 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Lecture Title: Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis It is often the case in family history research that our ancestors’ lives were best documented when the chips were truly down. We may have[...]
Sep
19
Sat
9:00 am Irish Genealogy Workshop – Focus...
Irish Genealogy Workshop – Focus...
Sep 19 @ 9:00 am – 4:45 pm
This full day workshop is jointly sponsored by the Canadiana Department at the North York Central Library and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. If you have Irish ancestors who lived in the nine counties[...]
Sep
30
Wed
2:00 pm Drop-In Ancestry.ca Library Edition
Drop-In Ancestry.ca Library Edition
Sep 30 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
This course is on 3 Wednesdays: September 30, October 28, and November 25, 2015.  No registration required.  It is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Science Department at the Toronto Reference Library and Toronto[...]

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Other Events

Aug
5
Wed
7:30 pm Toronto History Lecture
Toronto History Lecture
Aug 5 @ 7:30 pm
Join us for the fifth annual Toronto History Lecture. Details will be announced soon.
Jun
3
Fri
all-day OGS Conference 2016
OGS Conference 2016
Jun 3 – Jun 5 all-day
OGS Conference 2016 @ 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 and conference centre, close to Pearson International Airport, Highway 401,[...]

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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?