Family historians may want to look at school records for various reasons—to research an ancestor who was a teacher, to find out where an ancestor went to school and for how long, or to get a taste of what an ancestor was learning and what his or her school days were really like.
The good news is that there are many different collections to explore—yearbooks, admission registers, teacher and student lists, school archives and histories, Ministry of Education records, textbooks and curricula. The challenge is that they cannot all be found in the same place, and many have not survived. But it is always worth checking – you may be in luck! For a detailed guide to available records and resources for researching students, teachers, schools and education in Toronto, visit our School Records page.
Class portrait – Davisville Public School, Toronto, 1909-1910 (Toronto Reference Library, Baldwin Room 977-8-2)
Our October Toronto Branch meeting will take place on Monday 26 October starting at 7:30 pm at the Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Hall, 5110 Yonge Street in Toronto (convenient access from the North York Centre subway station).
If you are thinking of putting your family information online for others to find, there are now many more ways of doing so than in the early years of the web. At our October meeting, our featured speaker Marian Press will review the options open to you in her presentation, Putting Your Family Tree Online: What Choice Should You Make?
Take a few minutes to mingle with other family history enthusiasts during our mid-meeting break or drop by our information tables to find out about our newly-announced winter lineup of courses and other Branch activities and announcements. After the break, we’ll wrap up our evening with Branch member Cathy McNamara, who’ll share some quick tips on how to Sort, Scan, Share, Solve and Scrapbook Your Old Photos.
We will be live-streaming this meeting for those who are unable to attend in person. For instructions on how to connect to our live feed, visit our Live Meeting Stream page. We hope you’ll be able to join us – either in person or on-line.