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Genealogy Summer Campers are on the move every day of this innovative week-long program.

Each day, participants will travel as a group on public transit to an archives or library—Toronto Reference Library, Canadiana Department of North York Central 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’s Central Ontario Conferences*—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 www.torontofamilyhistory.org, and leads the Simcoe’s Gentry project. She has coordinated the Toronto Branch’s publishing committee for several 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 of the Ontario Genealogical Society. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and for genealogical and other organizations throughout southern Ontario.

RESOURCES AND TUTORIALS
City and county directories
Biographical collections and indexes
Maps and atlases
Manuscript collections
Census
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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