The genealogy and local history collection housed in the Canadiana Department at the North York Central Library was recently transferred downtown to the Toronto Reference Library’s Humanities and Social Sciences Department (HSS).
This included a variety of materials in different formats:
- genealogical periodicals
- church and parish histories
- historical atlases
- city directories
- indexes to births, marriages and deaths
- passenger lists and census on microfilm
- local histories
- general works on conducting genealogy research
- how-to guides for those starting to explore their family history
The HSS department is also continuing the library’s partnerships with three Genealogical Societies: the Canadian Society of Mayflower Descendants (CSMD), the Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto (JGS) and the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS). Materials in these collections include:
- self-published family histories
- cemetery transcriptions
- family charts
- genealogical newsletters and periodicals.
These collections are now located in the closed stacks of the Humanities and Social Sciences Department (2nd floor) where they will complement and augment the existing local history and genealogy collections.
Materials are for use in library only and can be requested at the Humanities Social Sciences Reference desk on the 2nd floor of the Toronto Reference Library, in person, by phone (416-393-7175) or by email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Family history buffs will have a much larger collection to aid them in their research, as well as access to online resources such as Ancestry Library Edition (in library access only) and the Digital Archive, in one location.