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Biographical Sources

Beyond the standard biographical collections like Who’s Who in Canada and individual biographies of prominent individuals, there are several sources of compiled biographies and biographical indexes for quite ordinary Torontonians.

Here are a few of the most important.

Biographical Card Index at Toronto Reference Library (Social Sciences and Humanities, Floor 2) These cards index the collected biographies mentioned below, and several others, as well as an extensive series of scrapbooks of obituaries compiled by Library staff.

Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of York. J.H. Beers and Co.: Toronto, 1907.

History of Toronto and the County of York, Ontario. (2 vols) C. Blackett Robinson: Toronto, 1885. Volume 1, Volume 2

Middleton, Jesse Edgar. The Municipality of Toronto: a history. (3 vols) Dominion Publishing Co.: Toronto, 1923. Volume 1, Volume 3.