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


The Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society is an organization of family historians, some with Toronto roots, others who live in Toronto—we have ancestors around the world.

Our main website has information about our meetings and other activities, as well as how-to pages to help with your Toronto area research.

This site is devoted to several big projects—to help volunteers collaborate while the projects are in progress and to share the information as it is accumulated.

  • Toronto Trust Cemeteries Project: a collaboration with that indexed the burial registers of today’s Mount Pleasant Group of Cemeteries (once know as Toronto Trust.) The project was completed in 2013. Click here for more information.
  • Toronto House of Industry Project: a collaboration with the City of Toronto Archives and the Internet Archive to transcribe the handwritten manuscript records of the House of Industry making them every-word searchable. Click here for more information.
  • 3rd York Militia Veterans: a collaboration with Fred Blair, presenting the profiles of those men who volunteered for the 3rd York Militia in the War of 1812. Click here for more information.
  • St. James Cemetery Project: a multi-year project to transcribe and index the inscriptions on grave markers from this important Anglican burial ground. Click here for more information.
  • For King and Country Project: a long-term project to record the names on war memorials in Toronto schools which has also become the best source for school histories. Click here to go to the For King and Country website.