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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society

The Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the following family history courses and workshops in the winter of 2015 -

Publish Before You Perish

Saturday, 21 February, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

This half-day course is intended for those who have already done a lot of family history research. It will outline the steps required to publish your family history in a printed book format.

Instructor: Nancy Conn

Where: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto

Welcome to Our World: A Day with Top Toronto Genealogists and Family Historians

Saturday, 21 February, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
This interactive forum is intended for people who are thinking of getting involved in genealogy or who are beginners in this fascinating field. Some of Toronto's top genealogy and family history experts will share their perspectives and experiences.
Speakers: Carol Nichols, Janice Nickerson, Guylaine Pétrin and James F.S. Thomson
Where: North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto
Using Digital Newspapers for Genealogy Research
Wednesdays, 4, 11 and 18 March 2015, 6:15 – 8:15 pm
This three-week hands-on course will examine the uses of historical newspapers for genealogy research as well as where to find them online.
Instructor: Marian Press
Where: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto
Introduction to Genealogy and Family History
Saturday, 28 March 2015, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
This fast-paced one-day course will introduce some of the types of records and techniques needed to research your family tree, with a focus on vital records, census and probate records, and how to extract and evaluate data.
Instructor: Linda Reid
Where: North York Memorial Community Hall, 5110 Yonge Street, Toronto
Registration is also now open for the first course in our spring 2015 lineup:
Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Tuesdays, 31 March, 7 and 14 April 2015, 4 - 7 p.m.
This three-week course is being offered in partnership with the Archives of Ontario. Designed for both family and local historians, it will provide a hands-on introduction to the land granting process in Ontario and the main types of Crown Land records. Participants will work in small groups following actual case histories through the records.
Instructor: Jane MacNamara
Where: Archives of Ontario, York University, 134 Ian Macdonald Blvd., Toronto
For program details, speaker biographies and information on how to register for these events, visit
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Monday, December 24, 2012


The Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, and the Canadiana Department of North York Central Library is planning to hold a day-long workshop for family historians on May 4, 2013 at the North York Memorial Community Hall, located on 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto.

It is so easy these days for genealogists to spend all their time immersed in online resources, that we sometimes forget about the wonderful archives and libraries available to us in Toronto and the GTA. We are seeking presentations that will inspire researchers to get out of their pyjamas and explore the wealth of information and special services in and around our city.

We hope to receive proposals from genealogists and historians, as well as librarians and archivists who would like to showcase their facilities and collections.

We are looking for a variety of presentations at various skill levels. Here are a few ideas, but we welcome all proposals that emphasize on-site research in Toronto:

an overview of collections and services in a Toronto-area repository

 a collection or how several collections can be used together

a survey of the holdings of a particular type of resource at several repositories (like newspapers, for example)

Each session will be an hour long, including 5 to 10 minutes for questions. Presentations should be illustrated – we can provide a computer projector or an overhead projector. Speakers will be expected to provide a handout of supporting material (up to four pages) in advance, which we will photocopy for all registrants. Speakers will be paid an honorarium of $100 per lecture plus modest expenses.

Please submit your lecture proposals by e-mail to: Please keep proposals brief and informal at this point. Be sure to include your mailing address, phone number and a brief bio.

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: Friday, 25 January 2013

Toronto Branch is one of 34 branches of the Ontario Genealogical Society, a not-for-profit organization and the largest genealogical society in Canada. For more information about Toronto Branch, please visit

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