Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Toronto Branch Fall Courses

The Toronto Branch runs a regular program of courses (4 to 8 weekly sessions) in a wide variety of subjects for genealogists at all levels of expertise.  Co-sponsored by the Canadiana Department of North York Central Library and the Toronto Reference Library.
1. Biographical Research for Ontario Genealogists
2. Basic Genealogy and Family History
3. Using the Results of the New Tests for Genealogy
4. Maps and Mapping for Genealogists

Thank you Lynn Heale (Quinte Branch) for the heads up, GL


NORFOLKLORE XXXV features exhibitors from across southern Ontario who set up displays and sales tables to assist the avid family historian.  This year’s event will take place on   Saturday September 24th between 10am and 4pm.
The main event takes place at the Simcoe Seniors Centre, 89 Pond Street in Simcoe, but the nearby Eva Brook Donly Museum and Archives is also open for the day to researchers. Admission to both locations for the day is a single payment of $5/person (a $5 savings off of regular research admission).

1871 Canada Census

LAC Press Release. 

Launch of "Census of Canada, 1871"

Ottawa, August 30, 2011— The 1871 census marked the first regularly scheduled collection of national statistics, and Library and Archives Canada is now pleased to make its results available online. Researchers can access digitized images of original census returns featuring the name, age, country or province of birth, nationality, religion, and occupation of Canada's residents at the time.
The information covers the four provinces that were part of the Dominion of Canada in 1871: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec.
Access to the digitized images of the 1871 census is available online in two different ways:
For more information, please contact

Friday, August 19, 2011

Getting Started in Genealogy Series

These three sessions are offered at the NEW Brooklin Community Centre
Getting Started in Genealogy
All three Workshops for only $18.55
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Nov. 7, 14, 21
I. Who’s Your Grandpa?
Where to begin, searching your home, talk to family, 
family data, research cycle, repositories, Internet, 
organizations, pedigree chart and family group sheets & 
descendants’ charts and more.

II. Base Camp for Family History
Organizing ideas, other researchers, places to find family histories, military records, online histories,, queries & message boards,
 search engines, genealogy software.

III. Vital Statistics: Births, Marriages, Deaths
This workshop’s content is more focussed and detailed.
Selected topics: sources; search techniques, documenting and more.

Offered in partnership with the 
Durham Region Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society.
Registration Begins Aug 10, 2011.
Pick up an Activity Guide at a Whitby municipal building or download . . .
See Page 4 on how and where to register & Page 52 for description.
You must have a current Senior Services Membership
Card to register for this Seniors' course.