Digital City Directories - A Great Resource to Research the History of Ontario Places

July 9, 2018 | Barbara Myrvold

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Are you interested in finding out more about the development of a community in Ontario to: Research the history of a house or other buildings Trace people that have lived in an area including family members, missing persons, birth parents Determine how a site has evolved over time Discover the...

The Globe and Mail Historical Newspaper Archive

October 28, 2016 | Stacey

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Conducting research into your family history? Writing a research paper on an aspect of Toronto history? Seeking first-hand coverage on major historical events? Historical newspapers are invaluable sources of information for genealogists, students, and general researchers. Proquest Historical Newspapers: The Globe and Mail features digitized copies of the newspaper dating...

Researching British Military Ancestors

October 27, 2016 | Irena

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Getting Started This guide focuses on resources available at the Toronto Reference Library. Most of the resources listed are available through the Humanities and Social Sciences Department, located on the second floor. Questions to think about before beginning: To what branch of the military did your ancestor belong (army, navy,...

Ukrainian Genealogy

October 27, 2016 | Irena

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Slavic and East European Collections, The New York Public Library. "Karta Ukrainy V.Boplana 1650g. Tekst str. 15" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. This guide has had minor revisions in October 2016. Getting Started This guide focuses on resources at the Toronto Reference Library. For help with your genealogy...

Guide to British & Irish Genealogy

Getting Started This guide has had minor revisions in Sept 2013. The Toronto Reference Library houses research material for genealogists and local historians, including books, microforms, pamphlets, maps, government documents, periodicals and online databases. Collection highlights: Extensive collection of British Isles city and county directories Ireland's Griffith’s General Valuation of...

Guide to Census Records

Getting Started Census: an official enumeration of populations that can help you discover birth dates, the names of parents and siblings, immigration details and much more. Searching the Library website census handbooks for background and tips on using the censuses of various countries Add location and year to the word...

Genealogy and Local History moves Downtown

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...

Genealogical Biography

Getting Started Could your ancestors have been prominent in their community? Did they belong to a group or association, or were they members of a profession or trade? They may well appear in publications produced by these organizations. The Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library holds...

Making Historical Photographs Accessible Online

The Toronto Public Library Digital Archive is a rich source of Toronto history. From the time an item in the collection is selected for digitization to when it is available in the Toronto Public Library Digital Archive, it undergoes an in-depth process to ensure it is accessible to everyone searching...

Toronto Local History Collections in Toronto Public Library

March 2, 2015 | Barbara Myrvold

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Toronto local history collections are provided in more than 30 branches of the Toronto Public Library. The collections include materials of historical significance about a specific geographic area. This could be the Toronto neighbourhood(s) served by the local branch library; an historic community, such as an annexed municipality; or the...