Remembering the First Organized Hockey Game in Toronto: February 16: Snapshots in History

February 16, 2018 | John P.

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People who follow Canadian history might check in with the “Today in Canadian History” feature as part of the Canadian History Timeline on the website to find out what happened on a particular date in a particular year in Canadian history. Scanning the historical listings for February 16, the...

Best of Luck in the Year of Dog! A Special Journey Away from Home

February 15, 2018 | Annie

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The Year of Dog is coming! The Dog is the symbol o...

Winter Olympians Born in Ontario (Digital Archive Photos)

February 12, 2018 | David

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For Pyeongchang 2018, Canada is sending its largest Winter Olympic delegation to date—and Ontario is the most represented province with 68 athletes! Using Toronto Public Library's Digital Archive, we can look back at some of our former Winter Olympians. Below is a selection of figure skaters, skiers and hockey players...

(Really) Old City Hall in the Digital Archive

January 31, 2018 | Beau

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Before there was a New City Hall in Toronto, there was Old City Hall...but of course, nobody called it Old City Hall until there was a New City Hall to compare it to. And when Old City Hall was just City Hall, there was already an "Old" City Hall located...

Seven Science Fiction and Supernatural Books by Early Ontario Writers (Free Downloads)

January 26, 2018 | David

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Toronto Public Library's Digital Archive has all kinds of rare materials — from department store catalogues to fire insurance plans. One of the Digital Archive's best-kept secrets is its growing collection of digitized books. These are full-length, hard-to-find books available for instant access as PDFs — no library card required!...

Owen Sound: Rare Vintage Photographs

January 18, 2018 | David

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Toronto Public Library's Digital Archive gives you instant access to bits of history from across Ontario — not just Toronto. Hot off our scanners are 50+ historic photographs of Owen Sound. They are from a rare book, "Souvenir of Owen Sound, Canada" (open as a PDF). Published around 1900, the...

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 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *...