Remembering the “Great” Snowstorm of 1944: December 11-12: Snapshots in History

December 14, 2017 | John P.

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The weather in December reminds Torontonians that winter is on the way, if it has not already arrived in some instances over the years. Let us look back to December 11-12, 1944 when Toronto experienced the worst snowstorm in its history. The front page banner headline of the Toronto Daily...

Remembering the Globe and Mail Newspaper: November 23: Snapshots in History

November 24, 2017 | John P.

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Page one of the November 23, 1936 issue of the Globe and Mail newspaper included the following small notice: “Special Notice…Effective with this issue of The Globe and Mail, all subscribers, whose copy of The Globe or The Mail and Empire has been sent enclosed in a dealer’s bundle, will...

Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto

November 8, 2017 | Irena

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As Toronto Public Library commemorates Holocaust Education Week 2017, I would like to take the opportunity to highlight one of Toronto Reference Library's unique collections: the library collection of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto (JGST). The Jewish Genealogical Society of Canada (Toronto) was established in 1985 and on January...

Access to FamilySearch Digital Microfilm Available

October 31, 2017 | Irena

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December 2017 Update Beginning December 13, 2017, the FamilySearch website will require a free registration account to use the site. Registration instructions can be found here * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *...

Jewish Genealogy

October 10, 2017 | Irena

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Getting Started Resources relating to Jewish genealogy are located in the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library, including general handbooks and guides for various countries. The collection includes Canadian, British, European and Holocaust-related material, aided by a strong map and atlas collection. Searching the Library Catalogue...

Guide to Loiselle Card Index for Marriages in Quebec and Adjacent Areas

October 10, 2017 | Irena

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Getting Started This guide focuses on the Loiselle Index available at the Toronto Reference Library. The Loiselle Index is a microfilm copy of a card index created by Père Antoine Loiselle, located in the Humanities and Social Sciences department on the second floor. The Index contains references to over one...

Huguenot Genealogy

October 10, 2017 | Irena

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Getting Started Huguenots were Protestant refugees who fled from religious persecution in France and the Low Countries to Britain and North America in the 17th century. This guide focuses on resources at the Toronto Reference Library. Searching the Library Catalogue Suggested Subjects and Keywords: Huguenots Huguenots –- [Place name] E.g....

Canadian Military Ancestors

October 10, 2017 | Irena

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By George H. Cook -Second Charlottetown Detachment who volunteered for service with the Canadian Contingent for the war in South Africa. This image is part of the Canadian Copyright Collection held by the British Library, and has been digitized as part of the "Picturing Canada" project. Getting Started This guide...

Indigenous Toronto: Takwaakin in the City

October 2, 2017 | Melanie

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Aanii Toronto, We are two members of First Story Toronto, and we couldn’t be more excited to be bringing you the first of a new series of seasonal blog posts about Indigenous Toronto – past, present and future – through the Toronto Public Library! Here’s a bit about us: Aaniiboozhoo!...

25 Years of Barbara Frum Library (1992-2017) and How It Came To Be

September 25, 2017 | Barbara Myrvold

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Twenty-five years ago, on September 24, 1992, North York Mayor Mel Lastman and developer Dr. Murray Frum cut the ribbon to officially open the new Barbara Frum Library and Community Recreation Centre. Program for the official opening, September 24, 1992. Toronto Public Library Archives This marked a new chapter in...