How the Ontario Genealogical Society's Toronto Branch is making records more accessible—and how you can help

House of Industry project completes three volumes

by Michael Nettleton

Our dedicated team of Toronto Branch volunteers continues to transcribe and proof the minute books and case recommendations of Toronto’s House of Industry. The records being transcribed date from 1855 to 1882 and total more than 2500 pages. Each year has about 1000 case entries.

We celebrated the New Year by publishing two more volumes to The Internet Archive! This brings the number of completed volumes to three, which is half of the records being transcribed.

You can access the completed volumes at The Internet Archive:

Each completed volume has high-resolution digital images, a searchable PDF of the transcriptions and supporting notes, and a plain text file of the transcribed content.

We expect the fourth volume, covering 1867–1870, will be published to The Internet Archive in the first quarter of 2020.

The HOI project team also is preparing an overall index to the case recommendations, with a release date yet to be announced.

Part of the PDF transcription of 1863-66 volume
Sample of the transcription of the 1863–1866 House of Industry Minute Book

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