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Toronto Research Tip: Census Records

Census records are treasures to genealogists because they are snapshots in time – not only of individuals but of entire households and neighbourhoods. A census of the population of what is now Toronto was taken in 1842, 1848, 1852, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 and 1921. Depending on the year, a census return may hold not only the names and ages of family members, but a great deal of additional information that will help you flesh out the lives of your ancestors – street address, exact date and place of birth, year of immigration, occupation, religion, income, type of dwelling and more. And Toronto censuses are now easier than ever to access, because all of the surviving records for those years have been digitized and indexed and are available free of charge online. For a detailed guide to Toronto censuses and where to find them, visit our Census Records page. And if you’ve consulted our Census Records page in the past, be sure to check it out again – we’ve added more references and direct links to make your Toronto census research even more convenient!

Section of 1911 census return

Part of a return from Ward 2, Toronto East in 1911 showing two households on Seaton Street [full image on Library and Archives Canada website at http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1911/jpg/e002025635.jpg]

January Meeting

Our first Toronto Branch meeting of 2015 will take place on Monday 26 January starting at 7:30 pm at the Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Hall, 5110 Yonge Street in Toronto (convenient access from the North York subway station).

Our featured speaker will be Victoria Fenner, a documentary producer and journalist. Victoria will tell us about her Personal Journey through Canada’s Earliest Mental Health Facilities. In the course of her family history research, she discovered to her surprise that her great-great-grandmother had been a patient in three of Canada’s earliest asylums. She is now digging through archives, old newspapers and other documents written in the latter half of the 19th century to flesh out her ancestor’s story and find out more about early mental health care in Ontario.

Also in store – Branch Education Committee Chair Jean McNulty will give us an inside look at the work of her Committee and the educational activities planned for this year, and we’ll close out the meeting with a short presentation by Branch member Donna Di Lello on Writing Your Memoirs: It’s Hard to Do After you are Dead.

We hope you’ll be able to join us! To find out more about the January meeting and what’s in store for future Branch meetings, please visit our Meetings page or browse through our Calendar.

Toronto Branch Meetings

Apr
27
Mon
7:30 pm OUT OF THE SHADOWS: Imaging the ...
OUT OF THE SHADOWS: Imaging the ...
Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Bonnie Bell This presentation is one’s women personal 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, from[...]
May
25
Mon
7:30 pm Dead and Buried
Dead and Buried
May 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Sue de Groot Deaths produce many records—death registration, obituary, burial, cemetery, tombstone records, etc.This presentation demonstrates why to collect all records and what information they hold.  
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   Mini-presentation: Patricia Blackstock 1837 Rebellion – York Region Rebels

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Courses starting & Workshops

Mar
28
Sat
10:00 am Introduction to Genealogy and Fa...
Introduction to Genealogy and Fa...
Mar 28 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
A HALF-DAY COURSE ON SATURDAY MARCH 28 FROM 10AM TO 3PM INCLUDING A 1-HOUR LUNCH BREAK Registration for this course is now closed. This fast-paced course introduces some of the types of records and techniques[...]
Mar
31
Tue
4:00 pm Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Mar 31 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
A THREE-WEEK COURSE ON TUESDAYS MARCH 31, APRIL 7 AND APRIL 14 This course is offered in partnership with the Archives of Ontario. An enormous amount of information about the people and families who lived[...]
Apr
11
Sat
9:30 am Finding Your Upper Canada Ancestors
Finding Your Upper Canada Ancestors
Apr 11 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Finding Your Upper Canada Ancestors @ North York Central Library Auditorium | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
A FULL DAY WORKSHOP Join members of Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society for a day of lectures on the lives of the people who settled in Ontario between the 1790s and the 1860s in what was[...]
May
6
Wed
6:30 pm Discussion Group: Genealogical R...
Discussion Group: Genealogical R...
May 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
THREE SESSIONS ON WEDNESDAYS, MAY 6, 20 AND 27, 2015 You may register for as many sessions as you like: one session only, any two sessions or all three sessions. Do you want to know[...]

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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[...]
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?