If you have an address for your Toronto ancestors but are having trouble finding them in census and other records, it could be that they moved house. But have you considered another possible explanation–that the name of their street changed? As the city grew in size, many street names were changed for a variety of reasons—sometimes to eliminate duplication or confusion, and sometimes to commemorate a person or event.
Take a look at this 1858 map on the Toronto Public Library website, which shows what is now the downtown area bounded by College to the north, Queen to the south, University to the west and Yonge to the east. How many street name changes can you spot?
The “streets” section of a city directory is a good place to look to find out about street name changes, but there are other resources that can help too. Check out our Street Name Changes page for more information.
The May 2014 meeting of Toronto Branch will take place on Monday 26 May starting at 7:30 in the evening at the Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Hall, 5110 Yonge Street in Toronto (convenient access from the North York subway station).
We’ll begin with the Annual General Meeting of Toronto Branch. The agenda will be brief but important—items will include proposed bylaw amendments, the election of new members of the Branch Executive Committee, and a look ahead to plans for the 2014-2015 year.
Following the AGM, we’ll proceed with our regular monthly meeting, which will feature a presentation by Branch member and instructor Carol Nichols on “Mobile Family History“. One of the current trends in technology is the increasing use of mobile devices. The good news for family historians is that there are many ways that we can take advantage of mobile technology—tablets, smart phones, e-readers, cameras and portable scanners—in our genealogy research. We’ll look at available technology and programs as well as ways to make the most of these devices as we gather, organize and share our family history.
Hope to see you there!
To find out what’s in store for future Branch meetings, visit our Meetings page or browse through our Calendar.