Posts Tagged ‘Toronto Branch’

New Year, New Slate of OGS Branch Meeting Notices, 2013

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Sault & District Branch Meeting

Date: Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Time: 7: 30 pm – 10:00 pm

Location: Rosedale Public School 90 Chapple Ave., Sault Ste. Marie, ON (map)

Description: Brief business meeting; Meet researchers; Q & A; Guest Speaker

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Oxford Branch – Annual General Meeting and Election of Officers

Date: Monday, 14 January 2013,

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: Woodstock Public Library, 445 Hunter Street, Woodstock ON (map)

Topic: Election of Officers and vote on updating Branch Manual. Plus, a presentation by Marilyn Whyley “The Language of Fans”

Speaker: Marilyn Whyley

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Ottawa Branch Meeting

Date: Saturday, 19 January 2013

Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

• 1:00-1:30: Free refreshments (cookies, tea, coffee) and networking

• 1:30-3:00: Shipwrecks and Sorrows: Maiden voyage of the 100th Regiment

Location: City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Room 115 (map)

Topic: Shipwrecks and Sorrows: Maiden Voyage of the 100th Regiment

Speaker: Kurt Johnson

Brief Overview:

Shipping out to Canada in 1805, the new 100th Regiment of 900 Irish soldiers aboard five troopships met with maritime disasters in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Only seven survived one shipwreck off Newfoundland while 340 men, women and children on that tall ship died. Two other troopships were wrecked off Nova Scotia. This talk will be presented by historical researcher, and Board Member of the Goulbourn Museum, Kurt Johnson.

This meeting may be simulcast for members who can’t join us in person. We will be using Live Meeting 2007 which is compatible with Windows PCs. Use this link ( for information on how to connect. Then connect to the meeting room itself at:

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Toronto Branch Meeting

Date: Monday, 28 January 2013

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Location: Gold Room, North York Memorial Community Hall, 5110 Yonge Street, Toronto (map)

Topic: Writing for Publication: Tips on how to get your family history research published

Speaker: Ed Zapletal, Editor and Publisher of Family Chronicle and Internet Genealogy

Mini-presentation: Donna Di Lello: How to index old books for Genealogical Societies

$5 charge for non-members of OGS.


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A branch memorial project

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Today’s first post talked about the provincial memorial database project. Toronto Branch has a memorial project as well, focused on schools.

Toronto Branch of OGS launches new database of war memorials


Image: Tina Phillips, link at bottom

The Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society is honoured to mark Remembrance Day 2010 with the launch of For King and Country, a new on-line database of war memorials in Toronto schools.

 Many Toronto schools display lists of former students and teachers who volunteered for active service during the two world wars. A much smaller number of memorials exist for other conflicts. Some name only those who died, but most include all who enlisted.

 The Toronto Branch of the OGS has taken on the ambitious project of transcribing and indexing these memorials. The product of this work is a searchable database, For King and Country, which will be a valuable resource for students of local, social, military, educational and family history.

 The Toronto school memorials take a wide variety of forms, including books of remembrance, bronze plaques, photo displays, sculptures, stained glass, bronze bells and special plantings, but most are hand-lettered lists, framed under glass. Many of these lists were designed by Group of Seven artist A.J. Casson and are headed “For King and Country”. This heading inspired the title of the Toronto Branch project.

 While other records exist to document military service, school memorials connect the young men and women who volunteered to their family and friends, and show us the impact of war on their communities. For King and Country also offers a new source of information about the history of the schools themselves, with links to other useful school and community websites.

 For King and Country is a work in progress. The database now includes just over 20,000 names, drawn from memorials in 50 elementary and secondary schools, and those numbers will continue to grow. At the moment, the focus of the project is on the nearly 600 schools of the Toronto District School Board, but memorials from Catholic schools, private schools and post-secondary institutions will be added in the future. Users can search the database by surname, forename, school and/or keywords and access a full transcription for each entry.

 To explore this new database, visit

 For more information about the For King and Country project and how to contribute, contact: Martha Jackson at

 For more information about the Toronto Branch and how to become a member, e-mail or leave a message at 416-733-2608.

If your branch also has a war memorial project, let OGS blog know so we can share it:

Image: Tina Phillips /