website security

Calling Toronto historians…

Toronto Branch has issued a call for proposals for the 2019 Toronto History Lecture, to be held on Wednesday, August 7, at the City of Toronto Archives.

The annual THL is free to attend and all are welcome. It was inaugurated in 2011 in memory of well-known local and family historian, and former Branch Chair, Paul McGrath, who had a passion for telling people about Toronto and its past. Previous lecturers include: Chris Raible, Janice Nickerson, Guylaine Pétrin, Craig Heron, Jonathan Scotland, Arlene Chan, Joyce Munro, Gregory Klages, Bill Gladstone and Ted Glenn.

We are currently seeking proposals for an interesting, innovative and well-presented lecture on any aspect of Toronto history. The deadline for submissions is May 17. Visit the THL page to find out more about this popular event and to download this year’s Call for Lecture Proposals.

Photo of City of Toronto Archives
City of Toronto Archives, 255 Spadina Rd

March 2019 meeting

Our next Toronto Branch meeting will take place on Monday, March 25 starting at 7:30 pm at Lansing United Church in North York.

In the 17th century, hundreds of young French women were recruited to immigrate to New France and help to populate the new colony. Who were they? You might be surprised. Speakers Dawn Kelly and Carol Ufford have been researching Les Filles à Marier and Les Filles du Roi and have some fascinating tales to tell. Join us for The Bachelorette New France: Stories of Bigamy, Incest, Witchcraft and Murder. Speaker notes will be available through our new Members Only web pages.

After our mid-meeting break, we’ll enjoy a short talk by Larry Foreman titled A Courtship through Postcards. As usual, the Members Network will be gathering in advance of the main meeting, starting at 6:15 p.m.

Lansing United Church is located two blocks south-west of Sheppard and Yonge, at Poyntz Avenue and Beecroft Road (enter from Poyntz). It’s a short walk from the Sheppard-Yonge subway station, which also links to frequent bus service. If you are driving, parking on local streets is free after 6:00 p.m., and there are pay parking lots close by. The few spaces in the church parking lot are reserved for visitors with accessibility needs.

Toronto Branch meetings are free to attend and open to all. Visit our Meetings page to find out more.

Historic stone building

Maison Saint-Gabriel, museum and historic site in Pointe-Saint-Charles, Quebec, purchased in 1668 to house Les Filles du Roi. (Photo: Carol Ufford)

Toronto Branch Meetings

Apr
29
Mon
7:30 pm Tracking an 18th Century Regiment
Tracking an 18th Century Regiment
Apr 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Tracking an 18th Century Regiment @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Sam Allison Genealogists can benefit from the techniques and sources used to write history books. Driv’n by Fortune is about a Scots regiment that settled in Canada. The 78th Fraser’s Highlanders (1756–63) defeated the French on the Plains of Abraham,[...]
May
27
Mon
7:30 pm The Cowkeeper’s Wish
The Cowkeeper’s Wish
May 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Cowkeeper's Wish @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
THE COWKEEPER’S WISH: A Genealogical Journey Speaker: Kristen den Hartog Our speaker will be exploring the fascinating resources she and her sister/co-author used to create The Cowkeeper’s Wish: A Genealogical Journey. Part family memoir, part social[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

May
1
Wed
6:30 pm TRL Map Collections Tour
TRL Map Collections Tour
May 1 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
TRL Map Collections Tour @ Toronto Reference Library, 2nd floor | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
TORONTO REFERENCE LIBRARY MAP COLLECTIONS TOUR This tour is co-sponsored with the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library. The tour will highlight the various types of maps available for research: from[...]

Other Events

Jun
21
Fri
all-day OGS Conference 2019
OGS Conference 2019
Jun 21 – Jun 23 all-day
OGS Conference 2019 @ London Convention Centre
The 2019 OGS Conference provides a great opportunity for family historians to attend stimulating workshops and lectures from engaging speakers from Canada and around the world, see what’s available in the genealogy Marketplace, catch up[...]

Did you know?

That Toronto Branch OGS has more than 600 members? That members get a discount on publications, and course and workshop registration fees?