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Toronto Research Tip: Street Names

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.

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7:30 pm Great Moments in Genealogy
Great Moments in Genealogy
Nov 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
In keeping with tradition, ten Toronto Branch members will be sharing “great moments” in their genealogical research in a series of short presentations as follows: Jane Briant – My World-Wide Irish Family Barb Garrow –[...]
7:30 pm The Ontario Historical County Ma...
The Ontario Historical County Ma...
Jan 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speakers: Joan Winearls & Marcel Fortin This talk will describe a major new mapping and indexing project of the names of landowners on the county maps of Ontario issued by the Tremaine family, H.F. Walling[...]
7:30 pm 19th Century English Gardeners, ...
19th Century English Gardeners, ...
Feb 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Ellen Maki Today many of us think of gardening as a pleasurable pastime, but in the nineteenth century it was a profession in which many men and women were employed. While researching her family,[...]

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