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4:00 pm Hands-on Early Ontario Land Records
Hands-on Early Ontario Land Records
Feb 1 @ 4:00 pm – Feb 15 @ 7:00 pm
A THREE-WEEK COURSE ON THURSDAYS: FEBRUARY 1, 8 AND 15. An enormous amount of information about the people and families who lived in early Ontario survives in land records. The records of the Crown Lands[...]
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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Application Form

Thank you for your interest in our 19th annual Genealogy “Summer Camp”—June 4 to 8, 2018. The application will help us understand your research interests and experience, so that we can better prepare for your participation.

Before completing the application, you should be aware of the following points:

  • The “Summer Camp” curriculum emphasizes sources for genealogists researching families who lived in what is now Toronto.
  • NOTE: Despite this Toronto emphasis, researchers with ancestors anywhere in Ontario will benefit from Summer Camp.
  • Genealogy “Summer Camp” is primarily designed for participants who live outside of Toronto.  However, local residents are welcome to apply and may stay in residence with the group, or attend every day as “day-campers”. (Sorry no single days or part weeks.)
  • Enrolment will be limited, to allow individual guidance, and to accommodate space restrictions at archives and libraries.
  • Genealogy “Summer Camp” will be a fairly intensive week of research, and while we hope to have some fun too, it is not designed for young children. However, families with seriously interested older children or teenagers, are very welcome. All participating family members must complete questionnaires and pay the registration fee.
  • All the archives and libraries we’ll visit are wheelchair accessible. Public transit is working toward that goal, but it may be necessary to use a cab for some venues. If you need a support person, they may attend at no extra charge. The online registration form will ask about accessibility concerns, but you are also welcome to email us with questions at More information about Toronto Branch’s accessibility principles can be found here.
  • Genealogy “Summer Camp” will enable you to make optimum use of your research time in Toronto, but of course, we cannot guarantee your results. Some individuals, for various reasons, did not leave much of a “paper trail”.

We hope to hear from you soon, and look forward to sharing the experience of Genealogy “Summer Camp”.

The fee for the 2018 Summer Camp is $275.

  • The registration fee includes:
    -approximately 7 hours of lectures and tutorials
    -approximately 25 hours of hands-on instruction
    -all worksheets and handouts
  • Charges for public transportation to and from repositories are not included.
  • Genealogy “Summer Camp” is subject to minimum and maximum registration requirements. We reserve the right to cancel the course if these requirements are not met, or for any other reason. If this is necessary, we will make every effort to do so before May 18, 2018. All payments received would be fully refunded.
  • Applicants may cancel up to May 7, 2018, subject to a $50.00 cancellation fee.
  • The success of each participant in Genealogy “Summer Camp” depends, in part, on the structure of the whole group. We reserve the right to select applicants whose research experience and interests seem to fit well  together. (Any applicant not accepted would, of course, have their registration fee fully refunded.)

Click here to register online.

You will have the choice to pay online with your credit card through PayPal, or with your PayPal account, or by mailing us a cheque.



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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