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Toronto Research Tip: Place Names

If you live in Toronto, chances are that you’ve heard of Swansea, Parkdale, Leaside and Yorkville – all communities that are now part of the city but have retained their original names. But would you know how to get to Magdalla, Heron’s Bridge, Mortlake or Coonat’s Corners?

Did you know that there have been two different neighbourhoods called Corktown? Or that the area we now call Regent Park was the Cabbagetown of the 1820s?

While many of the city’s early place names do survive, some are now preserved only in libraries and archives. If you’re stumped by a reference to a Toronto locale or if you’d like to find out more about the history of a Toronto community, check out our Places within Toronto page!

Imprint of Village of Yorkville Seal

Imprint of the Seal of the Village of Yorkville 1853-1883
Toronto Reference Library, Digital Archive

April Meeting

Our April Toronto Branch meeting will take place on Monday 27 April 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).

The title of our main presentation at this meeting is Out of the Shadows: Imaging the Women of my Family. Branch member Bonnie Bell will tell us about her project to inspire members of her family to become interested in the history of their female ancestors. Using photographs, personal documents, and family stories and memorabilia, Bonnie set out to capture the essential character of each of the women of her past. In addition to sharing some of these  “snapshots” with us, Bonnie will explore the factors that shape how we present our family histories to our relatives and the larger world.

During our mid-meeting break, take the opportunity to drop by our information tables and find out about our Branch courses, workshops and other activities, or just mingle and chat with fellow family history enthusiasts. After the break, we’ll close out the evening with a short presentation from Elayne Lockhart on How DNA Broke Through my Irish Brick Wall and Took me Back 3 Generations – in England!

Please note that we will not be live-streaming our April meeting.

To find out more about what’s in store for future Branch meetings, please visit our Meetings page or browse through our Calendar.

Toronto Branch Meetings

Jun
22
Mon
7:30 pm Recent Developments in British a...
Recent Developments in British a...
Jun 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: James F.S. Thomson: Recent Developments in British and Irish Research  This presentation offers an overview of some exciting recently-released resources for British and Irish research. In addition to resources of direct and substantial genealogical interest,[...]
Oct
26
Mon
7:30 pm Putting Your Family Tree Online:...
Putting Your Family Tree Online:...
Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Marian Press: Putting Your Family Tree Online: What Choice Should You Make? There are now many choices for how to put your family information online for others to find, well beyond what was available[...]
Nov
23
Mon
7:30 pm Great Moments in Genealogy
Great Moments in Genealogy
Nov 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Members’ five-minute presentations on “great moments” in their genealogy research Douglas Hill: Finding A “Secret” Cousin Joan Beckley: Wearable Genealogy BC Holmes:  My Grandfather’s Research Was Too Large For the Shelf Stephen Low: Tracing in Both Directions Sheelagh[...]

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Courses starting & Workshops

Jun
6
Sat
9:30 am Genetic Genealogy
Genetic Genealogy
Jun 6 @ 9:30 am – 4:45 pm
Genetic Genealogy @ North York Central Library Auditorium | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
A FULL DAY WORKSHOP Are you wondering what genetic genealogy is all about? Or have you already had some DNA tests done for yourself and your relatives but don’t know what the results mean? Do[...]
Jun
7
Sun
5:30 pm Genealogy Summer Camp
Genealogy Summer Camp
Jun 7 @ 5:30 pm – Jun 12 @ 5:00 pm
Genealogy Summer Camp @ Various Toronto libraries and archives
Designed mainly for out-of-town family historians with Ontario roots, this unique program takes researchers to different archives and libraries each day. We’ve also welcomed lots of locals as “daycampers”. Each day starts with a tutorial[...]

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Other Events

May
29
Fri
all-day OGS Conference 2015
OGS Conference 2015
May 29 – May 31 all-day
OGS Conference 2015 @ Georgian College | Barrie | Ontario | Canada
  The Ontario Genealogical Society is hosting its 2015 Conference, Tracks through Time, at Georgian College in beautiful Barrie, Ontario from May 29 to 31, 2015. Over the course of three days, there will be[...]
Sep
18
Fri
3:00 pm Scottish Family History Lecture
Scottish Family History Lecture
Sep 18 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Make a note in your calendar to come to an entertaining and informative lecture on Scottish family history by Chris Paton, a well-known professional genealogist living in Scotland. The lecture will present his research into the hardships endured[...]
Jun
3
Fri
all-day OGS Conference 2016
OGS Conference 2016
Jun 3 – Jun 5 all-day
OGS Conference 2016 @ International Plaza Hotel | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Toronto Branch will welcome hundreds of family historians to the largest genealogical conference in Canada. The event will be based at the International Plaza Hotel and conference centre, close to Pearson International Airport, Highway 401,[...]

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Did you know?

That Toronto Branch OGS has more than 600 members? That members get a discount on publications, and course and workshop registration fees? And that Toronto Branch belongs to the Federation of Genealogical Societies, which means our members can also subscribe to findmypast.com and purchase Dell computer products at special rates?