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Discover First Nations History: New Perspectives on Community Building and Cultural Exchange - September 23

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     Donald B. Smith Victoria Freeman                Carolyn King

 

Join us for a special evening of historical exploration and discussion about Toronto's cultural roots with an emphasis on the impact of First Nations peoples.

North York Central Library, Concourse
5120 Yonge Street, Toronto

Tuesday September 23
6:30-8:30 pm

Speakers will include:

Co-sponsored with the North York Historical Society and the Ontario Historical Society. Admission is free and all are welcome. For more information call the North York Central Library Canadiana Department at 416-395-5623.

The Canadiana Department holds a reference collection of Canadian genealogy, Ontario local history, North York history, and materials related to Canada. The Department also houses collections from these societies:

  • Ontario Genealogical Society
  • Jewish Genealogical Society (Toronto Branch)
  • Canadian Society of Mayflower Descendants
  • York Pioneer and Historical Society
  • North York Historical Society

True Crime in Toronto September 17: Canada's Master Bank Robber Edwin Alonzo Boyd

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Edwin Alonzo Boyd MugshotEdwin-alonzo-boyd-1   The Life and Crimes of Canada's Master Robber

Want to learn more about one of Toronto's most notorious criminals this fall? Look no further!

Join author Nate Hendley in a lively discussion about infamous bank robber Edwin Alonzo Boyd, subject of his 2003 Book. Flamboyant Boyd headed a notorious gang that robbed banks in Toronto and escaped from the Don Jail twice in the 1950s.

North York Central Library, Room 1
5120 Yonge Street, Toronto

Wednesday September 17
7:30-9:30 pm

Co-sponsored by the North York Historical Society and the North York Central Library Canadiana Department. Free admission, all are welcome! No registration is required. For more information call 416-395-5623.

In addition to Hendley's book, Canadiana owns other interesting true crime books from around Toronto and Ontario such as:

Check out these related sites on the history of policing criminals in Canada:

The Canadiana Department holds a reference collection of Canadian genealogy, Ontario local history, North York history, and materials related to Canada. The Department also houses collections from these societies:

  • Ontario Genealogical Society
  • Jewish Genealogical Society (Toronto Branch)
  • Canadian Society of Mayflower Descendants
  • York Pioneer and Historical Society
  • North York Historical Society

Research Guide to the Rouge River (Ontario)

June 28, 2014 | Katherine | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Getting Started

The Rouge River flows south from the Oak Ridges Moraine through parts of the Regions of York and Durham and through the eastern part of the City of TorontoIt's watershed comprises over 330 square kilometres, and a significant part of it remains as agricultural or undeveloped park land. Rouge Park was created by the Province of Ontario in 1995 with land in Toronto, Pickering, Stouffville and Markham, and in 2011, the federal government announced a plan to make it Canada's first national park within an urban area.  Since then, the various levels of government and local conservation groups have worked to make this a reality. 


Find research materials on the Rouge in the Toronto Collection in the Humanities & Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library and the Society & Recreation and Canadiana Departments at North York Central Library.  Some titles may also be available at other library branches.

Searching the Library Website

    Suggested Keywords

Rouge River

Rouge Valley

Rouge Park

Use the column at the left on the Library search page to focus and limit your search by type of material, date, library branch or subject.

Other terms related to river valley issues:

  •     Pollution
  •     Rivers
  •     Streams
  •     Conservation
  •     Watersheds
  •     Watershed management
  •     Wetlands
  •     Urban ecology

  

    Suggested Titles

Rouge River Valley--an Urban Wilderness

The Rouge River Valley: An Urban Wilderness Also as an  eBook

Rouge River watershed plan : towards a healthy and sustainable future : report of the Rouge Watershed Task Force.  (also available online in pdf)

Rouge Park progress report : Rouge Park, a partnership in natural & cultural heritage protection

The Rouge Park : an introduction (Rev.)

A Rouge Valley landmark : the James Pearce Jr. House

Earth science survey of the Rouge Valley Park

Guide to the vascular plants and wildlife of the Rouge River valley in Metropolitan Toronto and Durham Region

A general biological survey of the lower Rouge River marsh and river valley

    Suggested Articles

You can find magazine and newspaper articles on the Rouge by searching the library’s electronic databases. Try Academic Onefile, Canadian Newsstand Major Dailies, Canadian Newsstand Torstar, Canadian Business and Current Affairs (CBCA), Canadian Periodicals Index (CPIQ).
These can be searched inside the library, or from home or school using your Toronto Public Library card.

    Suggested Magazines and Journals

Magazines, newspapers, or newsletters that discuss watershed issues:

Rouge Park Connections (1997-2003)

Connections (2004-)  (Also available online)

Toronto Field Naturalist

Morgan House Rouge Hill


    Additional Online Sources

Rouge Park

Rouge National Urban Park Initiative

Toronto & Region Conservation Authority (TRCA): Rouge River Watershed

Rouge Valley Conservation Centre

Rouge River Valley Hiking

10,000 Trees for the Rouge

West Rouge Community Association

Rouge National Urban Park

 For further assistance contact:

Humanities & Social Sciences Department, Toronto Reference Library
416-393-7175
trlhss @ torontopubliclibrary.ca

 

 

Research Guide to the Don River (Ontario)

May 27, 2014 | Katherine | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

First Dam on the Don River 1900                                     First dam on the Don River, ca1900  Toronto Reference Library

Getting Started

The Don River and its valley are defining features of the city of Toronto.  Water, power, industry, expressways, wildlife, pollution, recreation, conservation—issues related to the Don affect all citizens. Find research materials on the Don in the Toronto Collection in the Humanities & Social Science Department at the Toronto Reference Library and the Society & Recreation and Canadiana Departments at North York Central Library.  Some titles may also be available at other library branches.

Searching the Library Catalogue

Suggested keywords:

Use the column at the left on the Library search page to focus and limit your search by type of material, date, library branch or subject.

 

Other terms related to river valley issues:   

  • Rivers
  • Streams
  • Pollution
  • Conservation
  • Watersheds
  • Watershed management
  • Wetlands
  • Urban ecology                                                                              

Suggested titles:

Don mouth naturalization and port lands flood protection project: amended environmental assessment report 

Imagined futures and unintended consequences: a environmental history of Toronto's Don River Valley 

Lower Don Lands framework plan : lower Don Lands, Toronto, Ont.

Keating Channel precinct plan : Keating Channel Precinct, Toronto, Ont.

Don River Watershed plan : beyond forty steps

Evergreen at the Brick Works: Final master plan

Don Valley corridor transportation study:master plan: summary report

Wet weather flow management plan : Don River watershed

Pesticide concentrations in the Don and Humber River watershed (1998-2000)

Over the Don

Time for bold steps : Don watershed report card

The Don : the history of the Don Valley

Celebrating the Don : selected essays from At the forks, the magazine of the Friend of the Don East

Lower Don River Valley demonstration habitat wetland : environmental study report

Lower Don River : regeneration strategy and naturalization plan, Pottery Road to the forks

West Don Lands

ECOLAGE: an environmental public art ideas competition for the Lower Don River Valley

Lower Don River Valley demonstration habitat wetland project

Forty steps to a new Don : the report of the Don Watershed Task Force 

Bringing back the Don

Remembering the Don : a rare record of earlier times within the Don River Valley

 

Suggested Articles

You can find magazine and newspaper articles on the Don by searching the library’s electronic databases. Try Academic Onefile, Canadian Newsstand Major Dailies, Canadian Newstand Torstar, Canadian Business and Current Affairs (CBCA), Canadian Periodicals Index, General Onefile.  These can be searched inside the library, or from home or school using your Toronto Public Library card.

The Humanities & Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library has clipping files on microfiche from the 1960s to 2010.   Ask for the files on the Don River, Don River Task Force, Environmental planning – Toronto, Central Waterfront Planning, and Harbours-Toronto.

 

Suggested  Magazines and Journals  Don River looking towards Don Jail 1870

At the forks

Bring back the Don

On the Don (also available online at Don Watershed Resources)

Toronto field naturalist

 

 Don River 1870, Toronto Reference Library

 

Additional Online Sources

Don River and Central Waterfront Project

Discover the Don

Don Valley Historical Mapping Project

Federation of Ontario Naturalists

Evergreen Brick Works

Friends of the Don East

Humber River/Don River Stream Restoration

Lost River Walks

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)-Don River Watershed 

Toronto Historical Plaques-Rivers and Waterways

Toronto Public Library--Historical images of the Don River

Waterfront Toronto West Don Lands

Waterfront Toronto Lower Don lands

Waterfront Trail

Chester Springs MarshFor further assistance contact:

Humanities & Social Sciences Department, Toronto Reference Library

416-393-7175

trlhss @ torontopubliclibrary.ca

 

Chester Springs Marsh at Prince Edward Viaduct, City of Toronto

Share Your Stories! An Introduction to Memoir Writing June 4 - 25

April 17, 2014 | Andrew | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...


Allyson at OWC - croppedMemoirswriting Writing

Have you ever wanted to record your life stories, but don't know where to begin? If your answer is yes then consider joining Allyson Latta, literary editor and writer for a set of four exciting, free classes that will show you how flexible memoirs can be, how to tap your memory (exercise your brain!) and your creativity, energize your writing and create a story collection that can be treasured by your family or a wider audience.

Classes will take place at:

North York Central Library
5120 Yonge Street
1-3 PM Wednesdays June 4, 11, 18 and 25
Room 1

Space is limited. Registration is required by phoning 416-395-5623.

The Canadiana Department holds a reference collection of Canadian genealogy, Ontario local history, North York history, and materials related to Canada. The Department also houses collections from these genealogical societies:

  • Ontario Genealogical Society
  • Jewish Genealogical Society (Toronto Branch)
  • Canadian Society of Mayflower Descendants
  • York Pioneer and Historical Society

Researching Historic Buildings in Toronto

March 26, 2014 | Katherine | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

TO Built

Researching old buildings in Toronto can be extremely interesting but also extremely frustrating. Often people come to the library to begin their research. Here are some online sites to use before you come to the Toronto Reference Library. You will be amazed at what is available online in a digital format.

Let's start with our own website . It's not just a catalogue of books. You will find print books and journals, online magazines, pictures, digital books, directories and maps, blogs, audio-visual materials, programs and events as well as links to outside sources. Here are some quick tips:

Once on our site, you will see FIND YOUR WAY in big letters near the top of the page. Go to History and Genealogy. Then go to the Local History and Genealogy section. Don't miss it! Check each section of every page carefully so you don't miss any of the many leads to other sources.

Click on the Local History section. You will see Toronto History listed along the left side of the page.

Toronto Neighbourhoods leads to an interactive map:

Toronto Neighbourhood Map

Toronto City Directories;

Toronto Buildings and Architecture;

Toronto Geography and Maps.

Outside Sources: 

Toronto City MapDo not miss the City of Toronto site. You can find the Inventory of Heritage Properties which lists historically designated properties.

Try the City's Archives for records and photographs of buildings.

 

There are some terrific sites put up by individuals but beware! These could change or be removed at any time:

Put together by J. Robert Hill, try the Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada 1800-1950. This site lists the work of individual architects by address and building name and more.

E.J. LennoxHave a look at Nathan Ng's Historical Maps of Toronto which aims to improve digital access to fire insurance plans and other maps found at the Toronto Reference Library and City Archives.

And last, but not least, a wonderful site lovingly put together by Bob Krawczyk : TOBuilt. Enjoy the blue skies and sharp images of our Toronto. You'll find information on historical buildings, ordinary buildings, new and old, residential and commercial - even some demolished sites are included.

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Digitized Toronto Newspapers: Globe and Mail and Toronto Star

February 3, 2014 | Canadiana Staff | Comments (13) Facebook Twitter More...

Getting Started

The ProQuest Historical Newspapers Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail are two databases that allow users to search for words and phrases in complete issues of these newspapers.   These databases display images of the newspapers as they were originally published, including news stories, editorials, photographs, advertisements, classifieds, and birth, marriage, and death notices.

Coverage: (usually stops at 3 years before the current year)

Globe and Mail  - starts in 1844 ; Toronto Star starts in 1894

 

Access to the databases from outside the library 

Note: Valid Toronto Public Library card required. (Many Ontario Public Libraries also subscribe to these two databases)

Toronto star basic search

Searching

In the ProQuest search platform, the indexing is different for the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star. The Globe is more detailed than the Star. Searching by document type is only available with the Globe and the page viewing options are more limited in the Star than the Globe.  The Search Results page in the Globe is article specific and gives the title of the article. Only the page number is displayed in the Star search. Obituary/death notices searching, especially for a common name, can be difficult in both  databases, despite the search tab labelled "Obituaries". (See separate searching instructions for obituaries).

Globe advanced search screen

  • Click on "Advanced Search"
  • Enter search term(s) e.g. Hurricane Hazel or Heintzman piano
  • Enter date or date range e.g. 1954
  • For the Globe and Mail, select Document Type e.g. " Front page article" or "Display ad"

Obituary Searching

The "Obituaries" tab can be useful IF you are looking within a very narrow date range or for an uncommon name, because there is no reliable way to search for first and last names together. Enclosing within quotation marks does not work.

Since especially prominent people are more likely to have articles written about them rather than specific death notices or obituaries, it may be better to use "Advanced Search".

Death notices in the Globe can be searched by doing the following, also using "Advanced Search".

  • Enter Last name in the first search box
  • Choose a date range
  • Under Document Type, select Obituary

In theory, if you first select the subject box on the right "Genealogy" before entering a name, it will search both the Globe and the Star simulataneously. However, in practice the vast majority of the results are from the Globe. It's best to try the Star separately.

 Viewing the results of a search

Search results

  • Results will appear most recent article first. (To change this, go to " sort results by" on the right side of the screen)
  • Clicking on a result brings up a PDF version of the article [Globe] or the page [Star].
  • Search terms should be highlighted. If not, try Ctrl-F (Find). (not always successful)
  • From the PDF article in the Globe, there are additional options to see the entire newspaper page, "Page view PDF" or "Page view clickable". The "Page view" options allow browsing of the pages of the Globe.  The Star also has "next page/previous page" options in the upper right of the newpaper page.
  • Also at the top right of the screen are the commands to go to the Next search results, start a New Search, or go Back to results.
  • To change the size of the image use the Adobe Toolbar and Click the + or - buttons.

 

Printing or Saving

To print a specific article (Globe only) or the whole newspaper page to fit on one piece of paper

Adobe toolbar again

 

  • Click on the printer icon  Adobe Print icon in the Adobe toolbar 
  • Cick Print
  • Printout will also include the details of newspaper title, date and page number.

To save a page to a flash drive/memory stick (PDF format)

  • insert a memory stick into the computer
  • click the save Adobe Save icon or download icon in the Adobe toolbar 
  • in the "save" box select the correct drive name for the flash drive
  • give the file a meaningful name
  • click "Save"

To copy or select part of a page

  • From the Search Results, open the newspaper page  in "PDF"
  • When the page appears, click "Open in PDF Reader"
  • Save as a PDF Adobe Save icon
  • Open the saved PDF
  • Click Edit on the Adobe Toolbar
  • Scroll down and click "Take a Snapshot"

Edit menu take snapshot

 

  • Outline the desired article. It will be " copied to the clipboard" or "selected area has been copied"
  • Click the printer icon Adobe Print icon on the Adobe Toolbar to print

To Save the selected item 

  • Use Copy command on the Edit menu of Adobe and Paste the selection e.g. to a Word document and then
  • Save that document

 Help

Try the "search tips" available from ProQuest on the upper right of the Search Screen.

 

Toronto Public Library contacts:

Answerline: 416-393-7131

answerline@torontopubliclibrary.ca

Canadiana Department, North York Central Library, 416-395-5623

Humanitites and Social Sciences Department, Toronto Reference Library 416-393-7175

 

Passenger Lists & Immigration Records & Home Children

November 11, 2013 | Canadiana Staff | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Getting Started

This guide was reviewed August 2014.

Ship passenger lists contain useful information such as a person's age, country of birth, last place of residence, and occupation. However, there are no comprehensive lists of names of immigrants arriving in Canada before 1865. A few surviving early lists are at Library and Archives Canada.  Research on specific groups or settlements may also provide further information on early settlers.  For early French immigration to Quebec/Acadia, consult TPL’s French Canadian and Acadian Genealogy Research Guide.

To obtain records for passenger lists after 1935, please follow these instructions from Library and Archives Canada website.

Searching the Library Website

Suggested Keywords

If you need information about ships' names, schedules etc. try the following:

Suggested Titles:

General:

Arrivals in Canada:

→More  passenger lists

→More  home children

→More  registers of immigrants

Arrivals in North America

→More passenger lists

→More registers of immigrants

Departures from England

→More passenger lists

Departures from Ireland

→More passenger lists   

Departures from Scotland

→More on  emigration and immigration

Periodicals


Using Online Resources

Recommended Websites

Recommended Databases: Passenger Lists by Date

Ancestry Library Edition (available in any Toronto Public Library branch)

  • 1817-1896 Immigration and Settlement Correspondence and Lists (British Colonial Office records)
  • 1819-1838 St. Lawrence Steamboat Company Passenger Lists
  • 1865-1935 Ships' Passenger Lists
  • 1895 - 1956 Border Crossings: Canada to US
  • 1908-1935 Border Crossings: US to Canada
  • 1919-1924 Immigration Form 30A – Ocean Entries

Library and Archives Canada

Archives of Ontario

Provincial Archives of New Brunswick

In Library Resources

The Canadiana Department at North York Central Library has an extensive collection of microfilmed passenger lists to official Canadian ports. Some records are available for eastern US ports including New York.

If your ancestor was a juvenile or came over with a sponsoring agent like Dr. Barnardo, check the finding aid Home Children and Juvenile Immigration, or the description of the records at Library and Archives Canada. The Canadiana Department has the following microfilm reels:

  • Central Registry Files Index – Soundex Index of Children's Names, 1892-1932
  • Central Registry Files – Listed by Organization, 1873-1950
  • Juvenile Inspection Lists – Chronological 1874-1939
  • Inspection Reports – Alphabetical List 1913-1932

If your ancestor came over in early 20th century as a domestic or farm labourer, consult the binder "Supplementary  Immigration and Passenger List Information" for details on the microfilm reels available. This same binder includes information on the microfilm reels on Deportation from Canada  1893 – 1977.

Toronto Public Library contacts:

Answerline: 416-393-7131

answerline@torontopubliclibrary.ca

Canadiana Department, North York Central Library, 416-395-5623

Humanitites and Social Sciences Department, Toronto Reference Library 416-393-7175

How the Railways Shaped Toronto : find out more on September 18th

September 12, 2013 | Andrew | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

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On May 16, 1853 the first passenger train steamed out of Toronto from a  wooden depot located close to the eastern entrance of Union Station. Over the next century the railways had a profound impact on the geography and economic fortunes of Toronto and helped transform the city into the commercial centre of Canada.

Join Derek Boles, chief historian of the Toronto Railway Museum and author of the book Toronto's Railway Heritage, as he presents rare images and animations depicting the first decades of Toronto's railway history.

North York Central Library, Room 1
5120 Yonge Street, Toronto

Wednesday September 18
7:30-9:30 p.m.

Canadiana Department staff will present some of the railway history items available and on display on the 6th floor of North York Central Library prior to Derek Boles' presentation. The display is named after and based on an earlier Virtual Exhibit produced by Toronto Public Library titled All Aboard Toronto! Railways and the Growth of a City.

Co-sponsored by the North York Historical Society and the North York Central Library Canadiana Department. Free admission, all are welcome! No registration is required. 

In addition to Derek Boles' book Toronto's Railway Heritage, Canadiana owns many interesting railway history books from around Toronto and Ontario such as:

Check out these related links:

The Canadiana Department holds a reference collection of Canadian genealogy, Ontario local history, North York history, and materials related to Canada. The Department also houses collections from these societies:

  • Ontario Genealogical Society
  • Jewish Genealogical Society (Toronto Branch)
  • Canadian Society of Mayflower Descendants
  • York Pioneer and Historical Society
  • North York Historical Society

Free North York Art Exhibit

August 24, 2013 | Stacey | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Looking for something to do in North York this weekend? Spend some time in the sun checking out the Oh Dear: public art that unhinges North York’s sense of modesty exhibit. This is your last chance—the exhibit is only on until Monday August 26. As a bonus, if you need a break from the heat, a few of the installations are located indoors. You can view the installations at various North York spots, including North York Central Library, the Toronto Centre for the Arts, North York Civic Centre, Mel Lastman Square, Gibson House, and the Ontario Historical Society’s historic John McKenzie House.

North York Central Library

The Oh Dear art exhibit celebrates the rich history of North York. In examining North York history, we need look no further than our very own North York Central Library. North York Central Library opened more than 25 years ago in its current location, but its previous iteration was housed in the Gladys Allison Building, North York Public Library’s first stand-alone library. Prior to the Gladys Allison Building’s construction, the library operated out of a Bookmobile as well as the children’s library, which was housed in a portable on the Gibson House property (note: building on far right below):

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Planning for a central library in North York was underway in the early 1950s (supported by the North York Public Library Association), construction kicked off in 1958, and the building opened to the public on July 8, 1959. The Gladys Allison Building’s innovative design featured a frieze created by Harold Town, which might look familiar to you: you’ll see it in the North York Central Library atrium if you approach the library from the south entrance.

Remembering Gladys Allison

Wondering who Gladys Allison was, and why the first North York Public Library building was named for her? It’s impossible to discuss the history of the North York Public Library system without giving credit to Gladys Allison. She was a fierce advocate for the creation of the North York Public Library system:

She began to campaign for a library service in 1938; helped set up a library in the basement of [the Willowdale United Church] in 1945; and served on the Library Board both as a member and chairperson from 1950 until 1966. (Cross, Kettel, & Myrvold, 2012)

Gladys Allison asked, “Why can’t my own community in Willowdale have a library?”—but didn’t stop there; instead of merely posing the question, she sought to resolve the problem by helping to drive the development of the North York library system.

Oh Dear!: the Exhibit—Get Involved

View the art exhibit, then offer your own contribution to the project: Share what you like about North York, why you think North York is unique, and where you think the neighbourhood will be headed in a few years or even a hundred years into the future.

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Fill out one of the postcards available throughout the North York Central Library. When you drop off your postcard in the Willow box on the first floor, take a few minutes to pop up to the sixth floor and wander the Gladys Allison Canadiana Room. Here, you can access information about Mrs. Allison and view her portrait, painted by artist May C. Setchell.

To find out more about the Oh Dear art installations, visit the project website at http://OhDearNorthYork.blogspot.com.

 

 

 

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Sources consulted include: Historical Walking Tour of North York Centre: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of North York Central Library, 1987-2012, by Mary Ann Cross, Geoff Kettel, & Barbara Myrvold; North York History vertical files (Note: all sources available in the Gladys Allison Canadiana Room, North York Central Library).

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