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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FamilySearch is a nonprofit family history organization (coordinated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) dedicated to connecting families across generations. On September 7, 2017, FamilySearch discontinued their microfilm lending service. Toronto Public Library is an Affiliate Public Library and participated in the microfilm lending service by providing...

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...

Remembering the Toronto Transportation Commission: September 1: Snapshots in History

September 1, 2017 | John P.

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On September 1 and beyond, take a moment to remember the founding of the Toronto Transportation Commission on September 1, 1921, the forerunner of the current Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) (1954- ). Jump to Toronto Public Library resources. The City of Toronto took the city-owned Toronto Civic Railways (TCR) (1912-1921),...

Little Norway in Muskoka

August 8, 2017 | Mary Rae

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Nothing goes together like a hot summer day in cottage country, a frosty cold beer, and a great story. And so it was that earlier this summer, I paused to read the label on my Sawdust City “Little Norway” lager, and began a quest into the history of the town...