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Military Records

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Getting Started

When searching for ancestors in earlier military records such as muster rolls or pay lists, you may only find lists of names.  However in later periods, personnel records which include date and place of birth, next of kin and occupation may be available. The Canadiana Department at North York Central Library has resources focusing primarily on Canadian military records.  The Toronto Reference Library has additional resources on British records, including regimental histories and armed forces lists.

Searching the Library Website

Suggested Subjects and Keywords

Suggested Titles

General

War of 1812

1828-1913

1914 - 1918

1939-1945

Using Online Resources

Recommended Websites

In Library Resources

Database

Periodical 

Microfilms  (those marked with *** have been digitized at Library and Archives Canada )

Check the finding aid available at the North York Central Library:

  • 1755-1815 Registers of POWs
  • 1777-1783 Loyalist regiment muster rolls (see also Online Institute for Advanced Loyalist Studies)
  • 1812 Claims for losses index (and documents)***
  • War of 1812 nominal rolls & paylists - Lower and Upper Canada***
  • 1812-1838 index to British military and naval records (and documents)***
  • Records relating to the Rebellion of 1837/8
  • 1866-1870 Fenian Raids bounty, general service, medal registers
  • 1885 - North West Rebellion medal registers
  • 1899-1902 - South Africa/Boer War medal registers
  • 1902 - Coronation medallion register
  • 1910-1940 - Canadian Navy lists
  • 1914-1917 - Canadian Expeditionary Forces nominal rolls

Note: medal registers information has also been indexed in the Library and Archives Canada database "Medals, Honours and Awards" 

For further assistance contact:

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

 

Jewish Genealogy

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Getting Started

There are collections on Jewish genealogy at both the Canadiana Department at the North York Central Library and at the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Department at the Toronto Reference Library  (TRL). Both locations have general handbooks and guides for various countries. The Canadiana Department emphasizes Ontario and Toronto material with additional resources available through the library collection of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto [JGS] which is housed at Canadiana. The Humanities and Social Sciences Department has extensive British, European and Holocaust related material, aided by a strong map and atlas collection.

Searching the Library website

Suggested keywords and subjects

Suggested Titles

        Handbooks and guides:

        Additional  Jews genealogy handbooks

 

        Biographical resources:

       

        Maps and atlases etc.   (Europe)

 

        Jewish Names:  personal and surnames

 

        Holocaust, Jewish (1939 - 1945)

For Holocaust related titles for other countries, add the country name to  your search e.g. Holocaust Jewish 1939 - 1945  Latvia

 

Using online resources

Recommended websites

        a major Jewish genealogical website is http://www.jewishgen.org/

 

The following resources require a Toronto Public Library card to login:

For assistance with the ProQuest Historical Newspapers  consult TPL's  Digitized  Toronto Newspapers guide.

 

In Library Resources

Database

 Periodicals

For further assistance contact:

Answerline: 416-393-7131

answerline@torontopubliclibrary.ca

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

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

 

 

 

Historian Jack Granatstein presents Canada's One Hundred Days on Dec. 3

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Jack Granatstein The Greatest Victory : Canada's One Hundred Days

North York Central Library continues with the eh List author series and its World War I Centenary programs. Award winning Canadian historian Jack Granatstein will discuss his new book The greatest victory : Canada's one hundred days, 1918. Granatstein examines the contribution of the Canadian Corps from Amiens to Mons from August 8, 1918 leading up to the armistice on November 11, 1918, known as Canada's One Hundred Days. Canadians not only helped put an end to the war, they helped shape the course of warfare that would follow later in World War II.

North York Central Library, Auditorium
Wednesday December 3,
7:00-8:30 pm

Toronto Public Library is offering many programs to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. The library also owns many items including regimental histories, biographies and if you are looking for the names of your ancestors who served in WWI, nominal rolls. Below are just a few examples:

Century of Service : the History of the South Alberta Horse Old Enough To Fight : Canada's Boy Soldiers in the First World War From Thunder Bay Through Ypres With the Fighting Fifty-Second

This program is co-hosted by the Canadiana, Language Literature and Fine Arts and the Society and Recreation Departments of the North York Central Library.

One Hundred Years of Medical Progress in North York : Learn About Connaught Laboratories - November 13

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Join us for an evening tracing the one hundred years of history of Sanofi Pasteur Laboratories, better known as Connaught Laboratories. Began on May 1, 1914 as the Antitoxin Laboratory of the University of Toronto, it expanded in 1916 to include the large property on Steeles Avenue West near Dufferin Street and became known as "Connaught Antitoxin Laboratories and University Farm."

North York Central Library, Concourse Level
Thursday November 13,
6:00-8:30 pm

Refreshments at 6:00 pm
Presentations at 6:30 pm

The evening will feature three talks moderated by Professor Michael Bliss:

Christopher Rutty James FitzGerald Joanna Dean
Christopher Rutty James FitzGerald Joanna Dean
  • The History of Connaught Labs at the Steeles and Dufferin Site with Professor Christopher J. Rutty, Founder and president of Health Heritage Research Services. His presentation will focus on the growth of the Steeles Avenue site and highlight the story of vaccine development, innovation and production.
  • Doctor Gerry FitzGerald : Founder of the Connaught Labs with with James FitzGerald, grandson of Doctor Gerry FitzGerald, who will discuss his book What Disturbs Our Blood : a Son's Quest to Redeem the Past
  • War Horses : Connaught Labs, Tetanus, Antitoxin and World War I with Professor Joanna Dean, Department of History, Carleton University. Her discussion will examine the production of the tetanus antitoxin during World War I which was used by the second British Army Corps.

Co-sponsored by the North York Historical Society, North York Community Preservation Panel 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.

Toronto Public Library is offering many programs to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. The library also owns some items about Connaught Laboratories. Here are a few examples:

What Disturbs Our Blood : a son's quest to redeem the past     What Disturbs Our Blood : a son's quest
    to redeem the past

     by James FitzGerald

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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

World War I Centenary : William Avery "Billy" Bishop, Canada's Air Ace - November 11

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Captain William A. Bishop, seated in the cockpit of his Nieuport Scout, on August 6, 1917  Keith Hyde

North York Central Library continues with its World War I Centenary lineup of programs. This Remembrance Day evening, learn about William Avery "Billy" Bishop of Owen Sound Ontario, the top Canadian ace of World War I credited with 72 aerial victories.

North York Central Library, Auditorium
5120 Yonge Street, Toronto,
Tuesday November 11
6:30-8:30 pm
 

Join aviation historian Keith Hyde speaking on the life of pilot Billy Bishop, V.C. war hero and legend. A most fitting topic of Canadian history honouring the Centenary of the First World War.

From Owen Sound to the air war on the Western Front, Bishop's exploits in aerial combat are well documented in numerous books, mostly positive but some questionable. Where was he based? What squadrons was he attached to? What type of aircraft did he fly with the Royal Flying Corps, which together with the Royal Naval Air Service became the Royal Air Force in 1918?

Admission is free. Everyone welcome. For more information call the North York Central Canadiana Department at 416-395-5623.

Toronto Public Library is offering many programs to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. The library also owns many items about Billy Bishop including biographies, Bishop's own autobiography Winged Warfareand a famous Canadian play about Bishop. Here are a few examples:

Courage of the Early Morning by William Arthur Bishop The Making of Billy Bishop by Brereton Greenhous Billy Bishop Goes to War: a play by John Gray

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

 

 

 

 

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

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Donald B. SmithVictoriaFreeman   CarolynKing

     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

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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

 

Discover the history of your family, your Toronto neighbourhood, or places in Ontario and across Canada.

Research online or at Toronto Reference Library and North York Central Library.

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