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Toronto Research Tip: Council minutes

Have you ever tried exploring local council minutes for your family history research? Many are freely available online, and they’re full of names!

Your ancestors might appear in the minutes because they were council members or appointed to carry out various municipal functions. Or they might have interacted with council as residents: to obtain a shop or tavern license, petition to have a road opened or a sidewalk constructed, complain about neighbourhood issues, or seek financial aid. All valuable tidbits to add to your ancestors’ stories…

The latest addition to the Municipal Records section of the Toronto Branch website is a page dedicated to Council Minutes. You’ll find links there now to digitized council minutes for the Township of York dating from 1860 to 1925… and there’s more to come!

Family of adults and children pose in front of a picket fence and house
Crosson family, ca. 1878, outside their home at Lot 22, Con. 5 West, York Twp., now between Weston and Jane, north of Finch in Toronto. Toronto Public Library. Local History Collection, North York Central Library branch (online via Public domain. There are several references to members of the Crosson family in the local council minutes.