Toronto Branch Courses Fall 2018

 

Toronto Branch Courses Fall 2018

Gwyneth Pearce, Publicity, Toronto Branch, OGS

Using Ancestry.ca Library Edition & FamilySearch.org

Where:     Toronto Reference Library
When:      Starts September 20th. This three-week course is on three Thursdays, September 20, 27 and October 4, 2018.
Time:        2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Description:     Uncovering your family history doesn’t have to be expensive. This hands-on three-week course teaches you how to get started with two of the largest free databases of Canadian and international records. Ancestry.ca Library Edition is available at any Toronto Public Library branch. FamilySearch.org can be accessed from your home computer but from the library you can view additional restricted records. Discover how to search the complete collections or narrow your focus to a specific record. Learn how to evaluate your results, look for clues for further searches and build your family tree.
Level:  Beginner
Read more: https://torontofamilyhistory.org/event/using-ancestry-ca-libraryedition-familysearch-org/?instance_id=1305
Co-sponsored with the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library.

Basic Genealogy and Family History

Where:     Toronto Reference Library
When:      Starts on October 2nd.  This eight-week course is on Tuesdays Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and Nov. 6, 13, and 20
Time:        6:15 pm – 8:15 pm.
Description:  The course is designed for those just beginning to research or looking to upgrade basic research skills. The course will cover terminology, types of sources, the use of on-line resources, libraries and archives, including LDS Family History Centres, and record-keeping – to help you “think like a genealogist”. Techniques discussed will apply to a wide variety of geographic areas, providing you with a good base for further courses.
Level:  Beginner
Read more: https://torontofamilyhistory.org/event/basic-genealogy-and-family-history-2/?instance_id=1311
Jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Science Department at the Toronto Reference Library and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society.

Advanced Research Skills

Where:     Toronto Reference Library
When:      Course starts on November 7 and runs on three Wednesday afternoons, Nov. 7, 14 and 21
Time:        2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.
Description:  This course will teach you how to do online research like a pro. Learn how databases and search engines are constructed. Understand how information is stored and retrieved, so that you can increase your odds of finding that elusive record or ancestor. Get tips for using internet search engines and major genealogical databases such as Ancestry, FindMyPast and FamilySearch more effectively. Be introduced to a host of databases that are not aimed at family historians but are full of relevant information and readily available through public and academic libraries. The overarching theme is that the techniques you learn will help you better search all of the many, many online databases available to genealogists.
Level:  Intermediate
Read more: https://torontofamilyhistory.org/event/advanced-research-skillls/?instance_id=1321
Co-sponsored with the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library.

Introduction to Genetic Genealogy

Where:     Toronto Reference Library
When:      Course starts November 7 and runs on three consecutive Wednesday evenings, Nov. 7, 14 and 21
Time:        6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Description:  This course is for genealogists with well-researched family trees that they wish to confirm and expand with genetic evidence. The emphasis will be on how to interpret autosomal DNA tests. To get maximum value from this course participants should bring their autosomal test results from one of the major testing companies. We’ll also cover the other types of DNA tests available (Y-chromosome and mitochondrial) and the different companies offering DNA tests. Finally, we’ll discuss GEDmatch, a third-party website where researchers can compare their data with others who have tested at a different company.
Level:  Beginner-Intermediate
Read more: https://torontofamilyhistory.org/event/introduction-to-genetic-genealogy-4/?instance_id=1309
Co-sponsored with the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library. 

 

 

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