Canadian Society of Mayflower Descendants

2017 Annual Meeting and Compact Luncheon

October 21, 2017

The 37th Annual Meeting and Compact Luncheon will be held at our traditional venue,

the Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club, 141 Wilson Ave., Toronto, ON.


Business meeting:  11:30 AM

Social: 12:00 noon

Turkey buffet:  12:45 pm

Guest speaker:  1:30 pm 

Our Guest Speaker will be Jane MacNamara who will explore how what land grant records can tell us about our ancestors. 

A Land Grant in Upper Canada: Navigating the Red Tape

 Early settlers could obtain their land free of cost, but it wasn’t free of paperwork and waiting patiently for the official wheels to turn. Luckily, most of the records of that process survive today. Understanding the hurdles that faced a petitioner can put those fascinating records into context, shed light on just how important land ownership was to our ancestors, and maybe give us a glimpse of their personalities.

 Jane E. MacNamara, Toronto, is the author of Inheritance in Ontario: Wills and other Records for Family Historians (OGS/Dundurn, 2013) and writes about genealogy at A long time member of the Ontario Genealogical Society, Jane lectures about research methodology, Ontario, and English family history to genealogical and historical groups throughout southern Ontario. She teaches courses for the OGS Toronto Branch, most notably hands-on courses at the Archives of Ontario. She leads regular trips to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and is the organizer of Genealogy Summer Camp, an innovative program that brings out-of-town researchers to Toronto for a week of tutorials and hands-on research. As a trained graphic designer, Jane creates WordPress-based websites and helps clients with book projects