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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 Campers are on the move every day of this innovative five-day program.

Each day, participants will travel as a group on public transit to an archives or library—Toronto Reference Library, Archives of Ontario, City of Toronto Archives, and your choice of the archives of Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto, Anglican Diocese of Toronto, Presbyterian Church in Canada, and the United Church of Canada*—where you’ll be met with a tour or a tutorial on the records available at that institution. Some days there will be a second tutorial during the afternoon. The balance of the day will be devoted to hands-on research, with lots of help from local experts.

Some tutorials will emphasize Toronto sources, but most repositories have holdings from a much broader area. Researchers with ancestors anywhere in Ontario will benefit from Summer Camp.

When asked for their comments, the participants in previous years’ Genealogy “Summer Camp” all stressed the benefits of having guidance from the experienced local researchers throughout the day—“Everyone was very patient and very helpful, and saved us time we may have spent on wild goose chases!” “… relaxing, informative and stimulating!”

Jane E. MacNamara, “Summer Camp” Coordinator
A member of the Ontario Genealogical Society since 1982, Jane is the author of Inheritance in Ontario: Wills and other records for family historians (Dundurn/OGS 2013). She is responsible for the “Toronto Research” pages at, and leads the Simcoe’s Gentry project. She has coordinated the Toronto Branch’s publishing committee for many years, editing and/or co-authoring several books including: Toronto in the 1850s, Toronto & Home District 1837 Directory Descendants; Resources for Genealogy in York Region, Ontario; Directory of Cemeteries in Metropolitan Toronto and the Regional Municipality of York; and Toronto Illustrated 1893. Jane was a founding Director of the Friends of the Archives of Ontario, and teaches basic and Ontario family history courses for the Toronto Branch OGS. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and for genealogical and other organizations throughout southern Ontario.

City and county directories
Biographical collections and indexes
Maps and atlases
Manuscript collections
Vital statistics
Religious records
Newspapers and online indexes
Land records
Probate records
Assessment rolls and voters lists
Education records
Occupational and business records
Municipal records
Photographic collections
Cemeteries and cemetery inscriptions

*Venues visited and topics covered are subject to change to accommodate the research interests of the group, time and facility constraints. Each participant’s application will be carefully considered in the final program structure.

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