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7:30 pm Life on the Farm
Life on the Farm
Apr 3 @ 7:30 pm
Life on the Farm @ Oshawa Civic Recreation Complex | Oshawa | Ontario | Canada
LIFE ON THE FARM: YOUR ANCESTOR’S PLACE IN ONTARIO AGRICULTURE Meeting of Durham Region Branch OGS We often think of farming as a traditional occupation—something that hasn’t really changed much. But that is not and[...]
2:00 pm Think like a genealogist.
Think like a genealogist.
Apr 22 @ 2:00 pm
Think like a genealogist: Creative research techniques to help you follow the right ancestral trail MONTHLY MEETING OF HALTON-PEEL BRANCH, OGS Family history research is all about following clues and creativity—imagining what records might exist[...]
7:00 pm The Search for Alban Leaf
The Search for Alban Leaf
May 17 @ 7:00 pm
The Search for Alban Leaf @ Uxbridge Public Library | Uxbridge | Ontario | Canada
MEETING OF UXBRIDGE GENEALOGY GROUP This presentation demonstrates the use of many English record types—in a period well before census and civil registration. The search for the subject of this case history, Londoner Alban Leaf[...]
10:30 am Archives of Ontario: What’s in i...
Archives of Ontario: What’s in i...
Jun 3 @ 10:30 am
Archives of Ontario: What's in it for me? @ Rozanski Hall, University of Guelph | Guelph | Ontario | Canada
A LECTURE AT ONTARIO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY CONFERENCE 2018 Archives of Ontario: What’s in it for me? The Archives of Ontario is a rich source for family history. You can find records of birth, marriage, death,[...]
2:30 pm Bristol to Toronto: A Teenage Life
Bristol to Toronto: A Teenage Life
Jun 3 @ 2:30 pm
A LECTURE AT ONTARIO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY CONFERENCE 2018 From Bristol to Toronto: Documenting a Teenage Life This case history explores the sources available for tracking an intrepid young immigrant to Toronto through his adolescence and[...]
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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 twenty years; and why would you want to attend?

The concept for “Summer Camp” came from an experience in Salt Lake City over 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 150 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. Some participants found the experience beneficial enough to come back for two, three or more years.

Genealogy Summer Camp 2018 will be held June 4 to 8.

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.


Coming to Ontario for Genealogy Summer Camp? Add a few days to the start of your trip to attend the biggest family history conference in Canada.

OGS Conference 2018 will be held at the University of Guelph from June 1 to 3. Guelph is about 90 minutes from Toronto with good connections by bus or train. Register for Genealogy Summer Camp and you’ll get a coupon worth $35 off your full weekend Conference registration, or $20 off a single-day registration.

What a great way to start your week of learning!

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