Friday, 22 April 2011

OGS Toronto Branch English Family History Workshop: call for speakers

The following is from OGS Toronto Branch seeking additional speakers for an event on November 5th, Guy Fawkes Day (expect fireworks). Lesley Anderson and I are scheduled to speak and there is additional presentation space now available so the branch decided to become more ambitions and ask for other proposals. I suspect they are focusing on providing opportunities for people from Toronto and the surrounding area.

April 16, 2011



NOVEMBER 5, 2011

North York Central Library Auditorium

5120 Yonge Street, Toronto

The Ontario Genealogical Society, Toronto Branch and the Canadiana Department of the North York Central Library will be co-hosting a one-day workshop for family historians with English ancestors.

This workshop was originally planned to feature popular speakers, John D. Reid and Lesley Anderson from Ottawa. John and Lesley developed a very interesting plenary-style program for us and we were all set to announce it when it became necessary to reschedule the event. In so doing we have acquired a larger venue, making it possible to expand upon John and Lesley’s program.

You are invited to submit proposals for lectures on any aspect of English genealogical or social history research. Workshop attendees will be most interested in lectures emphasizing sources and research techniques that might prove useful in their own research.

Each session will be one hour long, including five or ten minutes for questions. Presentations should be illustrated—we can provide a computer projector or an overhead projector. Speakers will also be expected to provide a handout of supporting material (up to four pages) which we will photocopy for all registrants.

Speakers will be paid an honorarium of $100 per lecture, plus $25 to cover incidental expenses.

Please submit your lecture proposals by e-mail. Before you start developing your proposals we recommend that you request a copy of the outline of John and Lesley’s program so that you can avoid duplicating their presentations. Please keep your proposals brief and informal, at this point. (We may ask for more details later.) Be sure to include your mailing address, phone number, and a brief bio.


For more information about the Ontario Genealogical Society, Toronto Branch, please see:

To submit proposals or ask a question about the event, please contact the Education Committee, c/o Chair, Diana Thomson at

News of other OGS Toronto Branch events, including Chris Paton's Scottish Family History Workshop on June 18, is at

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