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World War I Centenary : Canada's Local Responses to the Great War - October 30

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Robert Rutherdale Hometown Horizons: Canada's Local Responses to the Great War

As part of World War I's Centenary, North York Central Library will host a number of interesting programs about Canada's role in World War I over 100 years ago.

Historian Robert Rutherdale (Algoma University) author of Hometown Horizons : Local Responses to Canada's Great War, looks at how people and communities experienced World War I at home, from farmers in Alberta and shopkeepers in Ontario, to civic workers in Québec. Rutherdale looks at many of the big debates in social and cultural history, including demonization of enemy aliens, gendered fields of wartime philanthropy and state authority and citizenship.

North York Central Library, Concourse
5120 Yonge Street, Toronto,
Thursday, October 30
6:30-8:30 pm

Free admission, no registration is required. For more information contact the North York Central Library Canadiana Department at 416-395-5623.

This lecture is part of the History Matters series, presented in colloboration with ActiveHistory.ca and Heritage Toronto.

Toronto Public Library holds a variety of resources about Canada in the Great War. The Toronto Reference Library has an excellent collection of wartime posters, some of which are online in the Digital Archive.

Canadian Patriotic Fund Poster 48th Highlanders Poster Your Chums Are Fighting Poster

The library's TD Gallery hosted an exhibit in 1999 called "Doing Our Bit: Canadians and the Great War (PDF)", and will present a new exhibit in November 2014 on the effects of this devastating war on several Canadian families.

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

Tom Thomson's Vision on Film : See the Award Winning "West Wind" October 21

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In the Northland West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson

Join White Pine Pictures in a screening of an award winning film about Tom Thomson, one of Canada's most beloved painters. Described as our greatest colourist and our Van Gogh, Thomson's expressive and vibrant interpretations of the north have become iconic representations of Canada.

Tuesday October 21
North York Central Library, Room 1

5120 Yonge Street, Toronto
6:30-8:30 pm

On July 8, 1917, Thomson paddled across Canoe Lake and disappeared. His body surfaced eight days later. The cause of his death remains a mystery.

Thomson's life, art and death haunts us still and draws the curious and devoted to his memorial in Algonquin Park every summer.

The Lone Pine

Read about Tom Thomson at TPL

Visit the West Wind website to
see samples of Thomson's art

     The Lone Pine - Courtesy
of Art Gallery of Ontario
View the trailer             

Set in Algonquin Park, Georgian Bay, Toronto and Leith, this film unravels the mysteries of Thomson's life and death. Free admission, no registration required. For more information call the 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

Inside Toronto's Museums : Learn About Toronto's Early History Treasures October 15

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John Goddard Inside the Museums

Join John Goddard, author of Inside the Museums as he illuminates Toronto's early history through its small heritage museums and their prized objects. The discussion will showcase the many scattered historic homes and other buildings as a single community.

North York Central Library, Room 1

Wednesday October 15
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! Registration is not required. For more information contact the North York Central Library Canadiana Department at 416-395-5623.

Visit Dundurn News for Top Ten Obscure Facts from Inside the Museums including related books.

Check out these websites for more information on the Toronto museums covered in Goddard's book:

Specializing in North York History, Canadiana holds a wide selection of materials about Gibson House located just across the street from North York Central Library.

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

 

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

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


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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

Chart Your Family History Electronically : Learn How to Effectively Use Legacy Family Tree Software September 20

September 9, 2014 | Andrew | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Ontario Genealogical Society Logo Legacy Family Tree Software

Genealogy has quickly become one of the most popular hobbies in recent years. Computer software now allows for an even easier creation of your family's tree. One such program is Legacy Family Tree.

If you are already using Legacy Family Tree software and are not sure you are using it fully to help with your family history, this one-day workshop could be for you.

North York Central Library, Auditorium
5120 Yonge Street, Toronto, Saturday September 20
9-5 pm

This workshop intended for beginner or intermediate users of the software, will review basic techniques for using Legacy Family Tree (versions 7 or 8), highlight what’s new in version 8, and explain how Legacy Family Tree now makes it easy for you to make the best use of LDS FamilySearch.

Fee: $60 ($55 for OGS Members). Register at torontofamilyhistory.org

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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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

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

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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

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

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  • 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

 

The Impact of 19th Century Social History on Genealogy : find out more this February

January 28, 2014 | Andrew | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

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Bored of our colder than average winter and interested in learning about how social history shaped your ancestors' lives in 19th century Canada?

The Ontario Genealogical Society is offering two intriguing courses this February to chase away your winter blues.

Tuesdays February 4 and 11 features The Social History of Medicine in 19th Century Canada, where you can discover how the early practice of medicine often affected people's longevity and what was done to improve medical practice in the early 20th century.

Tuesdays February 18 and 25 features The Social History of Dress in 19th Century Canada, a primer on the social history of dress seen in 19th century photographs from the Victorian age to the Edwardian age, with a special emphasis on Canadian history.

Both of these courses are taking place on the above dates at:

North York Central Library, Room 1
5120 Yonge Street, Toronto
2 - 4pm

Contact the Ontario Genealogical Society to register for these exciting courses at the following links fee $40 ($35 for OGS members):

The Social History of Medicine

The Social History of Dress

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A few titles held at North York Central Library related to these two topics include:

Also related is Toronto Public Library's recent TD Gallery Exhibit The Gilded Age of Fashion : 1890-1914.

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

 

 

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

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