Showing posts with label workshop. Show all posts
Showing posts with label workshop. Show all posts

Friday, January 31, 2014


Gwyneth Pearce, Secretary of the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society tells us that they will be holding an all-day workshop Scotland and its People, at the North York Central Library on Saturday 12 April 2014. .

There will be 11 sessions, and they will be on Scottish history, patterns of migration, records and repositories, planning your research both here and in Scotland, and adding “flesh to the bones” of your Scottish ancestors.

The workshop will be led by two principal speakers: UK-based genealogist Sheena Tait, who specializes in Scottish research, and historian Kevin James, a faculty member in the Scottish Studies Program at the University of Guelph. Krista Barclay, Christine Woodcock, and three of our own Toronto Branch experts – Marian Press, Linda Reid and James F.S. Thomson – will also bring their knowledge and enthusiasm to the day’s program..Whether you’re a seasoned researcher or just beginning your family history journey, this is a day you won’t want to miss!

Full program details and speaker biographies can be found on the Branch website at http://torontofamilyhistory.org/learn/workshops/scottish-workshop-2014/

The early-bird registration deadline for this event is 15 March. OGS members enjoy additional discounts.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Digging for Gold in Toronto’s Libraries and Archives



On Saturday the 4 May 2013 from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm, there will be a  Workshop given by various members of the Toronto Branch OGS at the North York Memorial Community Hall, 5110 Yonge St., Toronto entitled Digging for Gold in Toronto’s Libraries and Archives.

It will be a one-day workshop with sessions for all skill levels – full of great reasons to visit Toronto's wonderful cluster of archives and libraries in person.

For more information, contact info is available at www.torontofamilyhistory.org

For more information on libraries and archives, you can go to

Toronto Public Library www.torontopubliclibrary.ca

Archives of Ontario (located in Toronto) www.archives.gov.on.ca/en/index.aspx

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Workshop Friday at the OGS Conference 2013



Years ago when the annual Conference of the OGS was held, it was a two-day affair – Saturday and Sunday.

Over the past couple of years, it has expanded to include Friday, and now since 20011, a Thursday evening “Meet the Board” Reception. It is a "get togther" with the OGS Board who have arrived early to have their pre-conference board meeting on Thursday.

So come out on Thursday evening 7:00 to 9:00, and meet the people who keep our organization running. There will be refreshments and snacks. Its a sort of a warm-up top the Conference.

And on Workshop Friday, there will be 4 workshops to choose from, and then in the evening, there is the Houston Memorial Lecture. Each year, the Ontario Genealogical Society sponsors a prominent genealogist to speak at the Conference Opening Ceremonies and Reception.

This year’s speaker will be Dave Obee, who will address the attendees on the topic of Seven Habits of Highly Successful Genealogists.

I have heard him on a number of occasions, and he has even written a paper for Families a few years ago, and he is worth listening to so that you can hear his latest thoughts on genealogy.

The two workshops I will be attending on Friday will be

An Introduction to Ontario Wills and Administrations & Beyond the Estate File by Jane MacNamara.

She is such a good lecturer, and the estate files are a rich source for finding family connections and social and financial circumstances. I hope to find out how to access these important court records.

In the afternoon, I will be going to The Scots-Irish: Origins, Emigration, Religion, and Research Sources by Dick Doherty, in which he will explore the Scots-Irish  from Scottish origins to Ulster Plantation, Presbyterian religion, emigration from Ireland to North America, and 17th and 18th century settlement patterns in Canada.

To find out more details, go to www.ogs.on.ca/conference2013/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/OGSConference2013Registration-Dec27.pdf

Monday, December 24, 2012

DIGGING FOR GOLD IN TORONTO LIBRARIES AND ARCHIVES

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: courses@torontofamilyhistory.org. 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 www.torontofamilyhistory.org.

© Elizabeth Lapointe All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Breaking Down the Barriers – Hands-On Genealogy Workshop


Heritage Mississauga and the Halton Peel Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society are pleased to present Breaking Down the Barriers, on Saturday November 3rd, 10 am-4 pm, the fourth in their series of Genealogy Days.

This session is a hands-on workshop for those who have hit brick walls in their research. An esteemed panel of three professional workshop facilitators with over 80 years combined experience in genealogy research will provide personal consultations to participants.

Fawne Stratford-Devai, Dorothy Kew, and Jane Watt will be the special speakers.

This is the exciting part of the announcement - For just $10 per ½ hour session participants will meet personally with a consultant who will help them break down barriers to finding their ancestor. Call to reserve your seat today, space is limited. Reservations must be prepaid

The workshop will be held at Historic Robinson Adamson House, located at 1921 Dundas St. W., Mississauga, ON L5K 1R2. You must call 905.828.8411 ext. "0" to reserve your seat. Space is limited.

For more information, please go to www.heritagemississauga.com for Heritage Mississauga, or the Halton-Peel Branch of the OGS at www.halinet.on.ca/sigs/ogshp

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Brant County Branch Fall Workshop

On Saturday, October 27, 2012 there will be a fall workshop from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm at the Brant County Branch Library of the OGS at 114-118 Powerline Road, Brantford.

Morning session speaker will be Zig Misiak, and he will talk about “ Six Nations in the War of 1812” from 1- 4 pm, and John Sietsma will talk about “ Using Computers in Your Research”.

It will be $25.00 with lunch if registered by October 24th, and $30.00 at the door + $5.00 for lunch.

To find out more about the workshop, go to the Brant County Branch www.ogs.on.ca/brant/index.html