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October 2016 Meeting

Please join us for our next Toronto Branch meeting on Monday 24 October starting at 7:30 pm at Eglinton St George’s United Church at 35 Lytton Blvd in North Toronto (in the Sanctuary), as we present A Captain? My Captain?.

Speakers Elizabeth A. R. Kaegi and James F. S. Thomson will share a genealogical success story, the account of their search to identify the biological parents of a WWII adoptee and solve a seven-decade-old mystery, using both traditional research techniques and new genetic genealogy testing.

As this presentation is by its nature very personal and concerns living people, it will not be live-streamed.

During the mid-meeting break, take a few moments to drop by our information tables, check out our books for “rescue”, find out about Branch courses and volunteer opportunities… and mingle with other members and guests. We’ll conclude with a short presentation by Branch member Linda Reid titled Stocking the Fish Pond: Getting Your Relatives To Take DNA Tests.

Please note that the Members Network will be gathering before the main meeting (beginning at 6:15) in the Eglinton Room.  All Branch members are welcome to participate and share experiences with others pursuing their family history research!

Eglinton St George’s is located a block west of Yonge Street between Eglinton and Lawrence Avenues—a short bus-ride or a reasonable walking distance from either the Eglinton or Lawrence subway station. If you’re driving, there is some local street parking and there are also three “Green P” parking lots close by.

To find out more about future Branch meetings, please visit our Meetings page or browse through our Calendar.

Back to Basics

1890 family portrait

Meredith family portrait (ca 1890), Baldwin Collection, Toronto Reference Library

Are you new to family history… or maybe feeling a little rusty? Now’s your chance to learn or brush up on the fundamentals of genealogy and make sure that your research is on the right track.

This fall, Toronto Branch is offering an eight-week course on Wednesday afternoons, beginning on October 19, on Basic Genealogy and Family History. Taught by author/lecturer Jane E. MacNamara in a friendly, supportive class environment, this course will cover all you need to know to move forward with confidence. Learn about terminology, types of sources, the use of on-line resources, libraries and archives and record-keeping… and how to “think like a genealogist”.

Visit the course page for further details and to register online.

Toronto Branch Meetings

7:30 pm A Captain? My Captain?
A Captain? My Captain?
Oct 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
A GENEALOGICAL SUCCESS STORY Speakers: Elizabeth A. R. Kaegi and James F. S. Thomson Long ago, far away, in the middle of the Second World War, a baby boy was informally “adopted” by foreigners. A[...]
7:30 pm Great Moments in Genealogy
Great Moments in Genealogy
Nov 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
In keeping with tradition, ten Toronto Branch members will be sharing “great moments” in their genealogical research in a series of short presentations as follows: Jane Briant – My World-Wide Irish Family Barb Garrow –[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

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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 at special rates?