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City of Toronto Archives: Resources for the Genealogist

February 27, 2023 @ 7:30 pm
Attend in person or register for online webinar
Lansing United Church
Beecroft Rd & Poyntz Ave Toronto
ON M2N 1K4
Free. Visitors welcome.
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Do you have family tree roots in Toronto? You can discover a lot about a person by researching where they lived. Jessica Algie, from the City of Toronto Archives, will demonstrate, step-by-step, how to find your ancestors in municipal archival records. We’ll start with online resources including maps, city directories and photos, before diving into local tax assessment rolls, which can be treasure troves of information.

Finally, archivist John Dirks, will give you a sneak peek at an exciting, newly processed collection, Fonds 602, First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto, now available for research at the City of Toronto Archives. This collection is of particular interest to genealogists as it includes vital statistics registers of marriages, child dedications and memorial services.

Speaker: Jessica Algie, Educator, City of Toronto Archives
Jessica Algie has worked in the Toronto history field for 16 years. She studied art history, classics and English literature at the University of Toronto, and began working for City of Toronto’s Spadina Museum in 2006. Jessica worked at Spadina Museum for 7 years, first as an arts camp counsellor, then interpreter and finally program officer. Jessica joined the City of Toronto Archives in 2013, where she works to help people access the City’s wonderful archival collections through creative education programs and exhibitions.

Speaker: John Dirks, Archivist, City of Toronto Archives
John Dirks is an experienced archivist and historian. With degrees from Queen’s University and the University of Toronto, including from the latter a Masters of Information Studies (2002) and a PhD in History (2014), John has worked at the City of Toronto Archives since August 2019. Previously he was an archivist for 17 years at the Archives of Ontario (1990-2007), followed by a number of years as a sessional instructor in the undergraduate International Relations program at Trinity College, University of Toronto. John mostly works on arranging and describing archival collections, particularly recent donations.


Maybe She is not Mine! Righting a Wrong
What happens when the obvious person is not really the right person! How can we re-write our family narrative and what process do we need to follow in order to decide on a change. We can and do evaluate records as to what MAY be correct and end up with our best guess. That’s all we can do… It is hard to change something you thought was the truth for decades.

Speaker: Gordon McBean is a retired Educational Technologist and has over 50 years experience researching his family. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and has presented in multiple provinces and the US. He has been active in the Manitoba Genealogical Society and developed MANI, their online database. He has been actively searching for years in Ontario because, for all of his lines,  “They Came Through Ontario”.

If the weather cooperates, this will be a hybrid meeting. You are welcome to join us in person at Lansing United Church. Masks are encouraged. (We’ll know you are smiling.)

Or watch the presentation live online. Click here to register for your Zoom link.