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Important news from Toronto Public Library

We’re pleased to share some very welcome news for genealogy researchers in Toronto, thanks to an agreement between the non-profit family history organization FamilySearch and the Toronto Public Library.

FamilySearch, which has a vast collection of billions of genealogical records, is in the process of digitizing all of its microfilms and publishing the digital versions online. About 1.5 billion images have been digitized to date, and many of those are now freely available on the FamilySearch website. Some of those images, however, are classified as “restricted access” for various reasons, and are visible only on computers in Family History Centres and specified affiliate libraries.

The good news is that the TPL has been designated as a FamilySearch affiliate library. This means that Toronto researchers can now view these “restricted access” images through computer workstations at any TPL branch.

Read the full announcement on the TPL’s Local History & Genealogy blog. And happy searching!

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Toronto Branch Meetings

Jan
28
Mon
7:30 pm The Spanish Flu
The Spanish Flu
Jan 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Spanish Flu @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
THE SPANISH FLU, TORONTO’S – CANADA’S FORGOTTEN PANDEMIC Speaker: Mike Clare The story of the Spanish Flu epidemic in Canada and Toronto is a forgotten one. Why? It has been called the most documented epidemic[...]
Feb
25
Mon
7:30 pm Toronto’s Early Police Detectives
Toronto’s Early Police Detectives
Feb 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Ellen Maki Visiting the haunts of felons and searching pawn shops for stolen goods were some of the duties of Toronto’s Victorian police detectives. Who were the policemen who became detectives, and was their[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Jan
15
Tue
6:15 pm Using Digital Newspapers for Gen...
Using Digital Newspapers for Gen...
Jan 15 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Using Digital Newspapers for Genealogy Research @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
A THREE-WEEK COURSE ON TUESDAYS January 15, 22 and 29 Co-sponsored with the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library. Advanced registration is required.  Newspapers have always been a major, although under-used,[...]
Feb
5
Tue
5:00 pm Hands-on Records of Inheritance
Hands-on Records of Inheritance
Feb 5 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hands-on Records of Inheritance @ Archives of Ontario | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This course is jointly sponsored by the Archives of Ontario and Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. The course will be on three Tuesdays: February 5, 12, & 19, 2019 Registration is required. Finding your Ontario[...]
Mar
7
Thu
4:00 pm Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Mar 7 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records @ Archives of Ontario | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Course runs on three Thursdays: March 7, 14 and 21, 2019. Registration is required. Land records are a rich source of information about settlers in Ontario. This course deals with the earliest period, when land[...]

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?