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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

Sep
28
Mon
7:30 pm What’s new at Ancestry
What’s new at Ancestry
Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Lesley Anderson  What’s new at Ancestry  
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 B C Holmes:  My Grandfather’s Research Was Too Large For the Shelf Stephen Low: Tracing in Both Directions[...]

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Courses starting & Workshops

Sep
9
Wed
2:00 pm Hands-On Ancestry.ca Library Edi...
Hands-On Ancestry.ca Library Edi...
Sep 9 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
This course is on Wednesdays, September 9, 16, and 23, 2015.  It is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Science Department at the Toronto Reference Library and Toronto Branch Ontario Genealogical Society. Uncovering your[...]
Sep
18
Fri
3:00 pm Scottish Family History Lecture
Scottish Family History Lecture
Sep 18 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Scottish Family History Lecture @ North York Central Library, Room 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Lecture Title: Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis It is often the case in family history research that our ancestors’ lives were best documented when the chips were truly down. We may have[...]
Sep
19
Sat
9:00 am Irish Genealogy Workshop – Focus...
Irish Genealogy Workshop – Focus...
Sep 19 @ 9:00 am – 4:45 pm
This full day workshop is jointly sponsored by the Canadiana Department at the North York Central Library and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. If you have Irish ancestors who lived in the nine counties[...]
Sep
30
Wed
2:00 pm Drop-In Ancestry.ca Library Edition
Drop-In Ancestry.ca Library Edition
Sep 30 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
This course is on 3 Wednesdays: September 30, October 28, and November 25, 2015.  No registration required.  It is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Science Department at the Toronto Reference Library and Toronto[...]

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Other Events

Aug
5
Wed
7:30 pm Toronto History Lecture
Toronto History Lecture
Aug 5 @ 7:30 pm
Join us for the fifth annual Toronto History Lecture. Details will be announced soon.
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?