I'm digging out my summer
hat but not my bikini (long gone, and not suitable for downtown Toronto). Helen
Backhouse and I have applied to go to "Genealogy Summer Camp". This is a program
put on by the Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society. This is their
ninth year - going from June 1 to June 6, 2003, in Toronto. It is a hands-on
course for adults, especially out-of-town researchers who have Toronto-area
and/or Ontario roots.
I think that the best part
is having experienced Toronto Branch volunteer instructors to help us in all the
various archives and libraries. They have lined up time in the Archives of
Ontario, Toronto Reference Library, OGS Library (North York Central Library),
Municipal Archives (Toronto), Historical Society collections, etc. Although I
could and have researched in these places on my own, having experiences on-site
help will be invaluable.
Us "campers" will be
staying at the Comfort Hotel Downtown, 15 Charles Street East, (no, not the
Royal York) for a very reasonable special rate (for Toronto or any city) of
$ 129.00 per single or double. Helen and I can walk to the Archives of Ontario
and to the Toronto Reference Library from there!
If anyone else on dist-gen
wants to apply for camp, go to the Toronto Branch, OGS, website, to print off
the on-line application form. http://www.rootsweb.com/~onttbogs/torbranch.html.
The mailing address is "Summer Camp", OGS Toronto Branch, Box 518, Station K,
Toronto, Ontario, M4P 2G9. The e-mail contact and organizer is Jane MacNamara at
416-733-2608. Jane is a very experienced researcher. She gives many courses and
lectures in Toronto. I think that she is taking a Toronto research group to the
Family History Library in Salt Lake City this month (or else she has just
returned). So I'm sure that "Camp" will be well organized.
The cost for the program (7
hours of lectures and tutorials, 30 hours of hands-on instruction, handouts and
public transportation) is $ 175.00.
By the way, the organizers
are also very flexible and try to accommodate the campers special research
interests. I asked Jane if she could arrange some additional activities for me -
a research trip to the Toronto Branch United Empire Loyalists' Association
Library, a meeting with a fellow genealogist who I haven't seen for years, and
the opportunity to buy some of the Toronto Branch publications. She e-mailed to
me that she will arrange these - what service!
Needless to say, Helen and
I are excited about this trip, which is coming up soon. The most difficult part
of filling out the application is deciding which 5 Toronto (or Ontario) families
to concentrate my research on.
So if you can spare this
week in your busy life, apply right away. We would be glad to have more
"western" representation. (I realize that this is a rambling e-mail, but I'm