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...

Research Guide to Reggae Lane: Toronto's Jamaican Music Scene, 1960s to the Present

June 2, 2016 | Barbara

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Getting Started “Reggae Lane" is a the name of a laneway located behind the storefronts south of Eglinton Avenue West and east of Oakwood Avenue. It was given this title in 2015 by Toronto Councillor Josh Colle to honour the rich music tradition of this area. The York-Eglinton BIA and...

Research Guide to York - Township, Borough and City - 1793-1997

April 15, 2016 | Barbara

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Getting Started This research guide focuses on Toronto Public Library's resources on the former City of York, a municipality that was located northwest of the old city of Toronto, southwest of the former city of North York and east of the Humber River and the former city of Etobicoke. It...

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...

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...

Guide to City Directories of Toronto: Decoding Abbreviations

This updated guide was originally posted in 2011. This guide provides explanations of many abbreviations for personal names, occupations and other words used in 19th-century Toronto city directories. A ab above acct accountant adv advertisement ag implts agricultural implements agt agent al alley Albt Albert Alex Alexander app apprentice appr...

Holocaust commemoration: Yizkor (memorial) books

January 30, 2015 | Irena

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On January 27, 2015 the world commemorated the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. In the period following World War II, Holocaust survivors wrote Yizkor (memorial) books to preserve the memory of families -- and in some cases entire Jewish communities -- destroyed during the war. These books were...