Saturday, August 28, 2010

I'm Back!

Hello, Dear Readers!

I'm back from my sojourn, and what a trip it was!

But that's for later - I still have to write it.

For now, I have a press release from my good friend, Gwyneth Pearce of the Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, about an upcoming workshop on Scottish family history in June next year.

One thing to note is that Scottish genealogy expert, Dr. Chris Paton, will be coming to speak. The organizers are also looking for other presenters, so if Scotland is an area of interest of yours, you may wish to answer their call.

On a personal note, it's good to be back. I look forward to bringing you more news from the Canadian genealogy front.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.



Saturday, 6 November 2010

The Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society and the Canadiana Department of the North York Central Library have joined together to sponsor "The Women in our Past: Strategies and Resources for Researching Female Ancestors", an all-day workshop to explore new and varied approaches to researching those often elusive women in our families. With expert speakers from across Ontario, this event will offer participants a deeper understanding of the circumstances that governed and shaped the lives of our female ancestors – from family relationships, domestic service and the justice system to the fur trade, migration and world war. Find out how and where to search for relevant records and learn about the latest developments in maternal-line DNA analysis. The workshop will be held in the Auditorium of the North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge Street, at the North York Centre subway station. Early registration rates are available until 30 September 2010. For program and registration details, visit To check availability, call 416-733-2608 (voice mail) or e-mail

Saturday, 18 June 2011

The Ontario Genealogical Society, Toronto Branch and the Canadiana Department of the North York Central Library will be co-hosting a one-day workshop on Scottish Family History. The principal speaker will be Chris Paton from Scotland who will give presentations on the Scottish church, Scottish land records/house history and the use of guild records (specifically the handloom weaving industry in Perth). A call has been issued for other speakers who would like to be part of this workshop. Proposals are invited for both full-length presentations on topics related to Scottish genealogy and shorter case study presentations. The submission deadline is 1 November 2010. For further information about the workshop program and the call for speakers, visit