Calendar

Oct
18
Thu
Family History Group @ Brant County OGS Resource Centre
Oct 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Family History Group

Is this you!

Have just retired and want to learn a new fascinating hobby? Or are you someone who always wanted to do your family tree and have never known how to go about it? On the third Thursday of the month the Brant Branch of OGS has a group that meets from 10 am to noon. This group discusses family research, helps people who are just getting started in family search. It is a great group of people who look forward to telling about their research or helping others. We meet in the Genealogy Resource Centre at Smokey Hollow Retirement Estate.

So Remember

Everyone is welcome and bring a friend. They will try to help with your family research and any brick walls.

Donations to support support group would be appreciated.

Oct
22
Mon
Welcoming Newcomers @ Lansing United Church
Oct 22 @ 7:30 pm

WELCOMING NEWCOMERS: CANADA’S ETHNIC BENEVOLENT SOCIETIES

Speaker: Jane E. MacNamara
Established in the 1830s and before, societies like St. Andrew’s, St. George’s, St. Patrick’s and many other ethnic-based benevolent organizations provided guidance, financial and social support for their countrymen and women arriving in Canada. This session will look at the activities and surviving records of these organizations, and how their presence may have influenced the way your ancestors settled into their new homes—yet stayed connected with the old.

Jane E. MacNamara, Toronto, is the author of Inheritance in Ontario: Wills and other Records for Family Historians (OGS/Dundurn) and writes about genealogy at wherethestorytakesme.ca. A long time member of OGS, Jane lectures about research methodology, Ontario, and English family history to genealogical and historical groups throughout southern Ontario. She teaches courses for Toronto Branch OGS, most notably hands-on courses about Ontario records. As a trained graphic designer, Jane creates WordPress-based websites and helps clients with book projects.

Mini-presentation: Sherilyn Bell: The UCSC Database—A Handy Reference Source for Genetic Genealogists

Oct
24
Wed
Coffee/Tea Time – Branch/SIG Discussions
Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Coffee/Tea Time - Branch/SIG Discussions

This event is to allow Members of the Society who manage Branch/SIG activities an opportunity to communicate with each other and board members. One registration allows for ease of signing up for these discussions. Discussion schedules will be released prior to the meeting and always invite suggestions for discussion.

Oct
26
Fri
Advanced English Research @ Lansing United Church
Oct 26 @ 2:30 pm – 5:15 pm
Need help finding your English ancestors before the civil records of the 19th Century?  International author and lecturer Paul Milner will lead a mini-workshop covering two important resources for the advanced English researcher.

Navigating the English Probate System
Learn how the English probate system works and what records it contains. Learn tips and tools to simplify the search process, whether your ancestor’s location in England is known or unknown.

Finding 17th Century Ancestors in England
Identify the best genealogical resources, original and published, to use for 17th Century research in England, and how to jump the gap created by England’s Civil War.

Level:  Intermediate-Advanced

Registration is required.  Register now.

Speaker

Paul Milner, FUGA, M.Div., a native of northern England, is a professional genealogist and international lecturer. He has taught week-long English and Scottish research tracks at the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR), Salt Lake Institute  of Genealogy (SLIG), and the British Institute. He is the author of six publications – Buried Treasures: what’s in the English parish chest (UnlockThePast, 2015); Discover English Census Records (UnlockThePast, 2014),  Discover English Parish Records (UnlockThePast, 2014), Genealogy at a Glance: England Research (Genealogical Publishing Co, 2011), plus co-author with Linda Jonas of A Genealogists Guide to Discovering Your English Ancestors: How to find and record your unique heritage (Betterway Books, 2000), and A Genealogists Guide to Discovering Your Scottish Ancestors: How to find and record your unique heritage (Betterway Books, 2002). Paul is currently the book review editor for the BIGWILL newsletter and recently retired review editor of the FGS FORUM. He is the past-president of the British Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois (BIGWILL), and a past board member of the APG, FGS and GSG. Paul focuses on British Isles resources and methodology on his blog at www.milnergenealogy.com

HOW TO GET TO THE WORKSHOP:

Lansing United Church is located at the corner of Poyntz Avenue and Beecroft Road, near Yonge and Sheppard in Toronto.

By subway:  Take the Line 1 (Yonge-University) or Line 4 (Sheppard) and exit at Sheppard-Yonge Station. Walk one block west on Sheppard Avenue to Beecroft Road and two blocks south to Poyntz Avenue.

By car:  Poyntz Avenue is two blocks south of Sheppard Avenue, north of the 401. Lansing United Church is one block west of Yonge Street. On weekends there is some street parking available, and there are three parking lots close by.

Accessibility:
Lansing United Church  is wheelchair accessible. For more information about our policies on accessibility, visit our policies page.

For assistance with a specific accommodation request, please send an email message to courses@torontofamilyhistory.org.

Oct
27
Sat
English Genealogy Before 1837 @ Lansing United Church
Oct 27 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

ENGLISH GENEALOGY BEFORE 1837: RESEARCHING PRE-VICTORIAN RECORDS

Join us for a full day with two outstanding experts in the field of English genealogy.  International lecturer and author Paul Milner and our own James F.S. Thomson will help us move back in time before civil registration and censuses to trace our English ancestors in pre-Victorian records.  Ideally suited to the intermediate or advanced level researcher.

Click here to see the detailed program.

Registration is required. Register now.

Speakers
Paul Milner, FUGA, M.Div.
A native of northern England, Paul Milner is a professional genealogist and international lecturer. He has taught week long English and Scottish research tracks at the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR), Salt Lake Institute  of Genealogy (SLIG), and the British Institute. He is the author of six publications – Buried Treasures: what’s in the English parish chest (UnlockThePast, 2015); Discover English Census Records (UnlockThePast, 2014),  Discover English Parish Records (UnlockThePast, 2014), Genealogy at a Glance: England Research (Genealogical Publishing Co, 2011), plus co-author with Linda Jonas of A Genealogists Guide to Discovering Your English Ancestors: How to find and record your unique heritage (Betterway Books, 2000), and A Genealogists Guide to Discovering Your Scottish Ancestors: How to find and record your unique heritage (Betterway Books, 2002).  He is currently the book review editor for the BIGWILL newsletter and recently retired review editor of the FGS FORUM. He is the past-president of the British Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois (BIGWILL), and a past board member of the APG, FGS and GSG. Paul focuses on British Isles resources and methodology on his blog at www.milnergenealogy.com

James F. S. Thomson
James F. S. Thomson has designed and taught over a dozen advanced and expert-level family history courses co-sponsored by Toronto Branch OGS and the Toronto Public Library. For these courses and in his articles and presentations at conferences and workshops, as well as in his capacity as a University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies instructor, James draws on over thirty years of experience of family and local history research.

HOW TO GET TO THE WORKSHOP:

Lansing United Church is located at the corner of Poyntz Avenue and Beecroft Road, near Yonge and Sheppard in Toronto.

By subway:  Take the Line 1 (Yonge-University) or Line 4 (Sheppard) and exit at Sheppard-Yonge Station.  Walk one block west on Sheppard Avenue to Beecroft Road and two blocks south to Poyntz Avenue.

By car:  Poyntz Avenue is two blocks south of Sheppard Avenue, north of the 401. Lansing United Church is one block west of Yonge Street. On weekends there is some street parking available, and there are three “Green P” parking lots close by.

Accessibility:
Lansing United Church  is wheelchair accessible. For more information about our policies on accessibility, visit our policies page.

For assistance with a specific accommodation request, please send an email message to courses@torontofamilyhistory.org.

Genealogy: Back to Basics – Ethics & Etiquette in Genealogy
Oct 27 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Welcome to Genealogy: Back To Basics! Genealogy B2B is a short lecture on a genealogical topic, followed by a Q & A session with Ottawa Branch members. If you are new to family history research or need a refresher, come out and join us! Sessions are free and open to all.

*Coffee and tea will be available throughout the morning.

Ottawa Branch: Identifying the remains of unknown Canadian soldiers from the First World War
Oct 27 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

1:00-1:30: networking and refreshments
1:30-3:00: Identifying the remains of unknown Canadian soldiers from the First World War: The Casualty Identification Program aims to identify the newly discovered skeletal remains of Canadian service members. The process involves many disciplines, including: archaeology, history, forensic anthropology, genealogy and DNA analysis, amongst others. The talk will present one of the Program’s recent successful cases where the remains were buried in August 2017; one was successfully identified. The limits encountered by the Program will also be discussed as well as its practices for inconclusive cases in the hopes that identification may be possible in the future.

Title: The Casualty Identification Program
Speaker: Sarah Lockyer has a BSc in Anthropology from the Université de Montréal, an MSc in Forensic Archaeological Science from University College London and a PhD in Bioarchaeology from Bournemouth University. She is the Casualty Identification Coordinator for the Department of National Defence’s Directorate of History and Heritage and the Casualty Identification Program’s forensic anthropologist.

Regrettably, due to ongoing technical difficulties broadcasting the Ottawa Branch presentations, webcasting has been discontinued.

Oct
28
Sun
Finding Piet by Hilda Proctor @ Smokey Hollow Estates
Oct 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Sunday, December 2nd, 2:00 p.m.

Speaker: Hilda Proctor

Finding Piet:  “When he came to stay at our farm in 1943, I gained a new brother. But then I lost him for fifty years.”

Halton-Peel Branch Meeting: Dead and Buried @ Oakville Public Library
Oct 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Dead and Buried”:  Deaths produce many records – the death registration, obituary, burial, cemetery, tombstone record, and more. This presentation discusses what information these records hold and demonstrates how collecting as many of them as possible allows us to obtain a more complete and accurate picture of our ancestors’ lives.

Sue de Groot has worked as a professional genealogist and lecturer, and she holds a Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies at the University of Toronto.

Oct
30
Tue
Genealogy Drop-In @ Ottawa Public Library
Oct 30 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Drop in anywhere from 2-4pm to work on your family tree, share research strategies, & discover what resources are available for your research. Specialists from OPL and the Ontario Genealogical Society will be here to answer questions & help you get the most from library resources.  Bring your laptop, or tablet too! All Welcome; Come join us!