High Park, Toronto – January 1925
Toronto Reference Library Baldwin Collection, X 65-114
Our last Toronto Branch meeting of 2016 will take place on Monday 28 November starting at 7:30 pm at at Eglinton St George’s United Church at 35 Lytton Blvd in North Toronto (in the Sanctuary).
In keeping with Branch tradition, we’ll be marking the close of the year and the start of the holiday season with a celebration of our own Great Moments in Genealogy. Ten Branch members will take the podium in turn to share one “great moment” on their family history journey.
We hope you’ll be able to join us for an inspiring and entertaining evening that is always a member favourite, with tales from the trenches of family history research—stories of cousins lost and found, travels to ancestral haunts, persistence, Eureka moments and serendipity.
Special refreshments will be served during an extended break time. Remember to drop by our information tables outside the meeting room to find out about the latest Branch courses and volunteer opportunities.
Please note that the Members Network will be gathering before the main meeting (beginning at 6:15) in the Eglinton Room. All Branch members are welcome to participate and share experiences with others pursuing their family history research!
Eglinton St George’s is located a block west of Yonge Street between Eglinton and Lawrence Avenues—a short bus-ride or a reasonable walking distance from either the Eglinton or Lawrence subway station. If you’re driving, there is some local street parking and there are also three “Green P” parking lots close by.
To find out more about our November speakers and topics, and what’s in store for 2017, please visit our Meetings page or browse through our Calendar.
PLEASE NOTE: This meeting will not be live-streamed.
For King and Country has expanded again!
We’ve just added more than two thousand names to our database of Toronto school war memorials.
Many schools in the city display lists of students, former students, and teachers who volunteered for active service during the two World Wars and other conflicts. Some lists name only those who died, but most include all who enlisted. For King and Country is an ongoing Toronto Branch project to locate, photograph and transcribe these memorials and research the schools where they are—or were once—found.
WWII “illuminated list” memorial originally at Coleman Avenue School in East York
The new names are from five schools, two of which are “vanished”—no physical traces of them remain. Coleman Avenue School used to stand in East York, on Coleman Avenue between Barrington Avenue and Dawes Road. It closed in 1964 after more than 50 years, and the building was demolished in the early 70s. Wellesley Public School was in operation from 1874 to 1956 at Wellesley and Bay Streets in downtown Toronto, on what would later be the site of the Sutton Place Hotel (now The Britt Condominiums). Both the Coleman and Wellesley memorials are now housed in the Toronto District School Board archives.
The three other schools whose memorials have now been transcribed are: Courcelette Public School, in Scarborough near Kingston Road and Victoria Park Avenue; Hartman Jones Memorial School, now Westwood Middle School, on Carlaw Avenue north of Danforth Avenue; and Oakwood Collegiate Institute, on St Clair Avenue West at Oakwood Avenue.
These latest additions bring the total number of schools researched and documented in our memorials database to 112… and the number of names recorded to 44,326…
Visit the For King and Country website now and find out how Toronto’s schools remember their young men and women who went to war.