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5:00 pm Hands-on Records of Inheritance @ Archives of Ontario
Hands-on Records of Inheritance @ Archives of Ontario
Jan 26 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hands-on Records of Inheritance @ Archives of Ontario | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
A THREE SESSION COURSE: January 26, February 2 and 9 Space is limited. Please register early. Finding your Ontario ancestor’s will or administration can provide vital information to link him or her to other family[...]
2:00 pm Life on the Farm @ Oakville Public Library, Central Branch
Life on the Farm @ Oakville Public Library, Central Branch
Feb 26 @ 2:00 pm
Life on the Farm @ Oakville Public Library, Central Branch | Oakville | Ontario | Canada
LIFE ON THE FARM: YOUR ANCESTOR’S PLACE IN ONTARIO AGRICULTURE February Meeting of Halton-Peel Branch OGS: Speaker Jane E. MacNamara We often think of farming as a traditional occupation—something that hasn’t really changed much. But[...]
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Genealogy Summer Camp

Why does the Ontario Genealogical Society’s Toronto Branch have a program called “Summer Camp”; why has it worked so well for more than a decade and a half; and why would you want to attend?

The concept for “Summer Camp” came from an experience in Salt Lake City about 20 years ago. It was my third visit to Salt Lake and the Family History Library. A few days after my return to Toronto, I began to realize how much more productive I’d been because I’d been familiar with the city, and the way the Library worked.

It occurred to me that our “local knowledge” could provide a similar benefit to researchers coming to Toronto—a much more complex city with a wide range of archives and libraries. We could help researchers find the archives, learn how to use the catalogues and finding aids, and guide their research to help them make the best use of their time.

And it has worked very well. More than 140 participants from England, right across Canada and many US states have attended over the years. We’ve also welcomed many local researchers as “day campers”. They have navigated the transit system, and the idiosyncrasies of databases and filing systems, with our help. They’ve worked very hard, enjoyed being part of the group, and made some wonderful discoveries. Many participants found the experience beneficial enough to come back for two, three or more years.

Genealogy Summer Camp 2015 was held June 7 to 12.
Please watch this blog or for news of the next Genealogy Summer Camp.

Why would you want to be part of “Summer Camp”?

If you live out of town, and have ancestors from Toronto or other parts of Ontario, there are many resources here for you. We’ll help you spend more time finding information—and less time finding the archives!

If you live in or near Toronto, it is a great way to get acquainted (or reacquainted) with the wonderful cluster of libraries and archives in our city. It is also a great excuse for a week of concentrated research.

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