York Branch Ontario Genealogical Society

Meetings & Events

Branch meetings are held at the Richmond Hill Public Library, 1 Atkinson Street, Richmond Hill (MAP) unless otherwise noted, at 7:15 pm on the second Wednesday. Dates and registration listed below:

Upcoming Events:

April 13, 2022 – York Branch – Growing Up Yonge- part One the 19th Century – Maggie Mackenzie- Heritage Coordinator City of Richmond Hill

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Speaker: Maggie MacKenzie, Heritage Services Coordinator for the City of Richmond Hill.

Maggie MacKenzie can be described as a creative and focused cultural heritage administrator with over 25 years’ experience in the public sector supporting community Arts, Culture and Heritage. She enjoys sharing her passion for History with stories for all ages. Maggie pursued fine arts and history at the Post-Secondary level at the Ontario College of Art (OCAD University) and the University of Waterloo. When not digging in the City of Richmond Hill’s Artifact Collection or crating a new program or exhibition with her team, Maggie can be found on the ski hill with her family or raising her Sphynx kittens on her hobby farm in Uxbridge.

City of Richmond Hill Heritage Services has a variety of Presentations.

Maggie will be presenting: Growing Up Yonge- Part One the 19th Century

Lieutenant-Governor John Graves Simcoe officially established Yonge Street in the 1790s. Envisioned as a military road from the Town of York ( now Toronto) to Holland Landing. Yonge Street opened up the northern part of York County for settlement- and positioned Richmond Hill as an essential stopping point along the two-day journey. Join Richmond Hill Heritage Services for part one of this two-part visual presentation illustrating the growth during the 19th century and the people that were influential in the development of Richmon Hill’s “Main Street”.

June 8, 2022

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Speaker: Kathleen Vahey the Curator manger of the Aurora Historical Society and Hillary House National Historic Site.

Kathleen Vahey is the Curator/Manager at the Aurora Historical Society and Hillary House national Historic Site. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Honours Ancient Mediterranean Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University and Masters Degree in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto. An enthusiastic advocate for museums, Kathleen enjoys showing audiences of all ages that museums are lively places to preserve, interpret, and exhibit local history and showcase unique narratives. She believes by using objects and stories, museums, connect people, past and present, and they spark curiosity and foster dialogue, understanding, and appreciation like no other place.

Presentation Summary: Hillary House National historic Site in Aurora is proudly owned and operated by the Aurora Historical Society. Built in 1862, Hillary House is one of the best examples of Gothic Revival architecture in Canada and was used as doctor’s practice and family residence for over 100 years. Join AHS Curator/Manager Kathleen Vahey for a presentation on the history of Hillary House and learn more about the interesting families who lived there, the ongoing restoration work, and the house as a museum.

September 14, 2022

Speaker: Mark Creedon

Mark Creedon worked in Child Welfare and Family Services agencies for thirty-eight years. He spent his last twenty years as the Executive Director of Catholic Family Services Peel Dufferin. He retired in July 2013.

Mark has been married to his wife, Chris Creedon for forty-eight years. They have two children. Laura, is a teacher and Paul is a landscaper and renovator. Paul lives with his partner Melissa in Etobicoke. Laura and her partner Wayne live in Toronto and have a beautiful three-year-old girl named Ruby.

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November 9, 2022

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