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Toronto goes to the polls… in 1841

1841 was also an election year in Toronto… It was the first ballot since the uniting of Upper and Lower Canada under one government, and one of the most bitterly contested in Canadian history. The election process, the violence that followed the voting, and the names of the people who were eligible to cast their votes are all carefully documented in The Great Contest for Responsible Government: The City of Toronto Poll Book of 1841, edited by the late Paul J. McGrath, and published by Toronto Branch in 2004.

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Toronto Branch members have been transcribing, indexing and publishing local records for more than half a century now. Branch publications, like The Great Contest, make it easier for both local researchers and researchers at a distance to access valuable genealogical information. Over the years, we’ve produced transcriptions and indexes to cemetery markers and burial records, church registers, and lists of names from directories, as well as some unique guides to genealogy research in Toronto and surrounding areas. We also carry a small selection of local histories and genealogical publications from other publishers—many out of print.

And now you can purchase Branch publications directly through our website. Our available inventory is small at the moment, but items are being added all the time. Visit our e-store now…

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Toronto Branch Meetings

Apr
26
Mon
7:30 pm Stories of Plymouth Plantation
Stories of Plymouth Plantation
Apr 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Stories of Plymouth Plantation @ WEBINAR | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
FAMILY LIFE IN THE ARCHIVES: THE STORIES OF PLYMOUTH PLANTATION The surviving information about Plymouth Plantation was not produced to help us understand family life: those records (whether publications describing early Plymouth like Good Newes[...]
Jun
28
Mon
7:30 pm Hiding Out in the Open
Hiding Out in the Open
Jun 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Hiding Out in the Open @ WEBINAR | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
HIDING OUT IN THE OPEN: DISCOVERING LGBT FAMILY HISTORY You may have heard family stories about an relative who was “different” or perhaps you’ve discovered someone who simply “disappeared.” Have you considered the possibility that[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Apr
21
Wed
7:00 pm Many Stories of Toronto: Online
Many Stories of Toronto: Online
Apr 21 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 29 @ 8:30 pm
Many Stories of Toronto: Online @ FOUR 1-HOUR WEBINARS | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
THE MANY STORIES OF TORONTO: FREE ONLINE LECTURE SERIES The journeys, experiences and history of Torontonians and our Toronto ancestors are immensely varied. This April, we invite you to join us for a special four-part[...]
May
13
Thu
2:00 pm Legacy Family Tree Software
Legacy Family Tree Software
May 13 @ 2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree is a full featured genealogy software program. Geoff Rasmussen will present an overview of the software, highlighting the many rich features it offers, including charts and reports. Speaker: Geoffrey D. Rasmussen is[...]
Jun
16
Wed
7:00 pm Uncovering Unusual Lives
Uncovering Unusual Lives
Jun 16 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 24 @ 3:30 pm
UNCOVERING UNUSUAL LIVES: FOUR CASE HISTORIES This June, we invite you to join us for a special four-session lecture series. In Uncovering Unusual Lives, four seasoned researchers explore the stories of intriguing and uncooperative subjects.[...]
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