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Finding Aid to Wards in City of Toronto Assessment Rolls on FamilySearch

Created by Guylaine Pétrin

It is a challenge to navigate the many images for Toronto Assessment Rolls. This finding aid breaks down the contents of each “film” on FamilySearch.org ward-by-ward. You will need to be signed in to your free FamilySearch account. Use the hyperlinked titles to find the film, then navigate to your ward using the image number noted.

Assessment Rolls 1834 to 1840
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSLG-29X4-J?cat=71742

1834
St. Lawrence’s Ward starts on image 6
St. Andrew’s and St. David’s wards are missing. See Landmarks of Toronto Volume 1 pp.401-426
St. Patrick’s Ward starts on image 17
St. George’s Ward starts on image 26
A typed transcription of the 1834 rolls starts on image 30. Includes the missing St. Andrews and St. David’s wards. It seems to be the version used for Landmarks of Toronto Volume 1 pp.401-426.

1835
St. David’s Ward starts on image 54
St. Lawrence’s Ward starts on image 81
St. Patrick’s Ward starts on image 93
St. George’s Ward starts on image 103
St. Andrew’s Ward starts on image 112

1836
St. George’s Ward starts on image 129
St. Andrew’s Ward starts on image 138
St. Lawrence’s Ward starts on image 150
St. Patrick’s Ward starts on image 162
St. David’s Ward starts on image 173

1837
St. David’s Ward stars on image 197
St. Lawrence’s Ward starts on image 225
St. Patrick’s Ward starts on image 241
St. Andrew’s Ward start on image 255

1838
St. Lawrence’s Ward starts on image 276
St. Andrew’s Ward starts on image 291
St. Patrick’s Ward starts on image 308
St. David’s Ward starts on image 323

1839
St. Andrew’s Ward starts on image 353
St. Lawrence’s Ward starts on image 369
St. George’s Ward starts on image 384
St. Patrick’s Ward starts on image 393
St. David’s Ward starts on image 409

1840
St. Andrew’s Ward starts on image 439
St. George’s Ward starts on image 455
St. David’s Ward starts on image 465
St. Patrick’s Ward starts on image 493
St. Lawrence’s Ward starts on image 511

1842 Map of Toronto showing wards (Look for saints’ names in large open capital letters.)

Assessment Rolls for 1841-1845
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSLG-V9RK-M?mode=g&cat=71742

1841
St. David’s Wards starts on image 6
St. Patrick’s Wards start on image 36
St. Andrew’s Ward starts on image 53
St George and St. Lawrence wards are missing.

1842
St. Lawrence’s Ward starts on image 71
St. David’s Ward starts on image 90
St. George’s Ward starts on image 123
St. Andrew’s Ward starts on image 135
St. Patrick’s Ward starts on image 156

1843
St. Lawrence’s Ward starts on image 179
St. Andrew’s Ward starts on image 196
St. George’s Ward starts on image 217
St. Patrick’s Ward starts on image 227
St. David’s Ward starts on image 251

1844
St. Patrick’s Ward starts on image 289
St. Andrew’s Ward starts on image 318
St. Lawrence’s Ward starts on image 343
St. George’s Ward starts on image 361
St. David’s Ward starts on image 374

1845
St. Patrick’s Ward starts on image 414
St. George’s Ward starts on image 447
St. Andrew’s Ward starts on image 459
St. Lawrence’s Ward starts on image 489
St. David’s Ward starts on image 506

Assessment Rolls for 1846-1848
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSLG-L3GK-5?mode=g&cat=71742

1846
St. Patrick’s Ward starts on image 6 (left hand side page is cut off)
St. George’s Ward starts on image 49 (left hand side page is cut off)
St. Andrew’s Ward starts on image 65 (left hand side page is cut off)
St. David’s Ward starts on image 97 (left hand side page is cut off)
St. Lawrence’s Ward starts on image 150 (left hand side page is cut off)

1847
St. Andrew’s Ward starts on image 174 (1 page per image)
St. Patrick’s Ward starts on image 221
St. George’s Ward start on image 287
St. James Ward starts on image 308 (new ward carved out of St. David’s)
St. Lawrence’s Ward starts on image 363
St. David’s Ward starts on image 394

1848
St. Lawrence’s Ward starts on image 440
St. George’s Ward starts on image 474
St. Andrew’s Ward starts on image 497
St. Patrick’s Ward starts on image 546
St. David’s Ward starts on image 622
St. James Ward starts on image 662

Assessment Rolls for 1849-1851
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSLG-297Y-K?i=3&cat=71742

1849
St. George’s Ward starts on image 4
St. Lawrence’s Ward starts on image 26
St. David’s Ward starts on image 58
St. Patrick’s Ward starts on image 101
St. James Ward starts on image 178
(See the next film for St. Andrew’s.)

1850
St. Lawrence’s Ward starts on image 237
St. George’s Ward starts on image 271
St. David’s Ward starts on image 293
(See next film for more of 1850.)

1851
St. George’s Wards starts on image 337
St. David’s Wards starts on image 360
St. James’ Wards starts on image 393
St. Andrew’s Ward starts on image 438
St. Lawrence’s Ward starts on image 484
St. Patrick’s Ward starts on image 515

1852 Map of Toronto showing wards (Wards are shown as colour tints, but not named. Refer back to the 1842 map for ward names.)

Assessment Rolls for 1849-1852
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C39L-99RN-S?mode=g&cat=71742

1849
St. Andrew’s Ward starts on image 266
(See previous film for more 1849.)

1850
St. Patrick’s Ward starts on image 313
St. James’ Ward starts on image 394
St. Andrew’s Ward starts on image 447
(See previous film for more of 1850.)

1852
St. Andrew’s Ward starts on image 40
St. Patrick’s Ward starts on image 54 (1st page missing, first entry is #69, but the 2 missing images for #1 to #69 are on image 167 and 168)
St. James Ward starts on image 120
St. Lawrence Ward starts on image 170
St. David’s Ward starts on image 205
St. George’s Ward starts on image 243

Assessment Rolls for 1853
https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008481732?cat=71742

1853
St. James Ward starts on image 4
St. John’s Ward starts on image 79 (first time that St. John’s is split from St. Patrick’s)
St. Lawrence’s Ward starts on image 136
St. Andrew’s Ward starts on image 185
St. David’s Ward starts on image 243
St. George’s Ward starts on image 297
St. Patrick’s Ward starts on image 327

Assessment Rolls 1854
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C39L-79BV-L?mode=g&cat=71742

1854
St. George’s Ward starts on image 4 (starts with an alpha list, then in street order, April 15, 1854)
St. David’s Ward starts on image 51 (April 15, 1854)
St. Lawrence’s Ward starts on image 109 (April 15, 1854)
St. Andrew’s Ward starts on image 156 (April 7, 1854)
St. James’ Ward starts on image 220 (April 15, 1854)
St. John’s Ward starts on image 300 (includes ages of males)
St. Patrick’s Ward starts on image 361 (includes age of males, April 1854)

Assessment rolls 1855
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C39L-D9RG-T?mode=g&cat=71742

1855
St. Andrew’s Ward starts on image 4 (it includes an index to streets, April 14, 1855)
St. Patrick’s Ward starts on image 72 (includes age of males)
St. James Ward starts on image 143 (April 14, 1855)
St. John’s Ward starts on image 230
St. Lawrence’s Ward starts on image 298 (April 14, 1855)
St. George’s Ward starts on image 343 (April 14, 1855)
St. David’s Ward starts on image 374 (April 14, 1855)

Assessment rolls 1856
https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008418794?cat=71742

1856
St. Lawrence’s Ward starts on image 4 (May 1856)
St. Patrick’s Ward starts on image 70 (April 30, 1856)
St. Johns’ Ward starts on image 170 (April 30, 1856)
St. David’s Ward starts on image 258 (May 1, 1856)
St. James’ Ward starts on image 340 (May 17, 1856, includes a list of vacant lots)
St. Andrew’s Ward starts on image 461
St. George’s Ward starts on image 543

Assessment rolls 1857
https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008481739?cat=71742

1857
St. Patrick’s Ward starts on image 4 (May 1, 1857)
St. James’ Ward starts on image 91 (May 31, 1857)
St. George’s Ward starts on image 208 (includes a street index)
St. Lawrence’s Ward starts on image 249 (May 1, 1857)
St. David’s Ward starts on image 315 (May 31, 1857)
St. John’s Ward starts on image 408 (April 30, 1857)
St. Andrew’s Ward starts on image 509 (includes a street index, May 31, 1857)

Assessment rolls 1858
https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008481741?cat=71742

1858
St. Andrew’s Ward starts on image 5 (14 April, 1858)
St. Patrick’s Ward starts on image 97 (May 4, 1858)
St. John’s Ward starts on image 188 (April 30, 1858)
St. David’s Ward starts on image 287 (May 1, 1858; there is a street index on last page, image 384)
St. James’ Ward starts on image 385 (list of non-resident owners on image 496, May 31, 1858)
St. Lawrence’s Ward starts on image 498 (May 1, 1858)
St. George’s Ward starts on image 567 (May 1, 1858)

Assessment rolls 1859
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C39L-495R-Z?mode=g&cat=71742
Starting with 1859, the limits of the liberties change. See Caverhill’s Directory for list of streets and their location.

1859
St. David’s Ward starts on image 6 (May 2, 1859, Absentee owner image 106)
St. John’s Ward starts on image 108 (May 2, 1859)
St. Lawrence’s Ward starts on image 213 (May 2, 1859, Liberties limits are broader, list of non-resident owners on image 287)
St. George’s Ward starts on image 290 (some liberties, different limits, non-resident owners list on image 350, May 2, 1859)
St. Patrick’s Ward starts on image 353 (May 2, 1859, Liberties are listed after)
St. James Ward starts on image 438 (May 1, 1859, non-resident owners list starts on image 556)
St. Andrew’s Ward starts on image 560 (May 2, 1859)

1862 Map of Toronto showing wards


Assessment Rolls for 1880 (three digitized films)

First digitized film 008481842
https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008481842?cat=71742
St. Patrick’s Ward starts on image 3
St. James’ Ward starts on image 225

Second digitized film 008481844
https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008481844?cat=71742
St. David’s Ward starts on image 6
St. Thomas’ Ward starts on image 181
St. John’s Ward starts on image 315
St. Stephen’s Ward starts on image 484

Third digitized film 008481846
https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008481846?cat=71742
St. Lawrence’s Ward starts on image 4 (pages labelled St. Lawrance)
St. George’s Ward starts on image 189
St. Andrew’s Ward starts on image 322

Assessment Rolls for 1881 (three digitized films) 

First digitized film 008481848
https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008481848?cat=71742
St. James’ Ward starts on image 5
St. David’s Ward starts on image 208
St. Lawrence’s Ward starts on image 372

Second digitized film 008481850
https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008481850?cat=71742
St. Stephen’s Ward starts on image 2
St. Andrew’s Ward starts on image 204
St. John’s Ward starts on image 400

Third digitized film 008481852
https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008481852?cat=71742
St. Thomas’ Ward starts on image 2
St. Patrick’s Ward starts on image 116
St. George’s Ward starts on image 346

Assessment Rolls for 1882 (four digitized films) 

First digitized film 008418797
https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008418797?cat=71742
St. George’s Ward starts on image 3
St. Andrew’s Ward starts on image 146 (continues on next film)

Second digitized film 008481853
https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008481853?cat=71742
St. Andrew’s Ward starts on image 5 (see previous film)
St. James’ Ward starts on image 87
St. Stephen’s Ward starts on image 296
St. Patrick’s Ward starts on image 502 (continues on next film)

Third digitized film 008481854
https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008481854?cat=71742
St. Patrick’s Ward starts on image 5 (see previous film)
St. David’s Ward starts on image 132
St. John’s Ward starts on image 297
St. Thomas’ Ward starts on image 460

Fourth digitized film 008481855
https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008481855?cat=71742
St. Lawrence’s Ward starts on image 7

Assessment Rolls for 1883 (four digitized films) 

First digitized film 008481856
https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008481856?cat=71742
St. George’s Ward starts on image 3
St. Andrew’s Ward starts on image 150
St. David’s Ward starts on image 347

Second digitized film 008481857
https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008481857?cat=71742
St. John’s Ward starts on image 2
St. Thomas’ Ward starts on image 165
St. Lawrence’s Ward starts on image 284
St. James’ Ward starts on image 465 (continued on next film)

Third digitized film 008481858
https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008481858?cat=71742
St. James’ Ward starts on image 6 (see previous film)
St. Stephen’s Ward starts on image 173
St. Patrick’s Ward starts on image 421 (continues on next film)

Fourth digitized film 008481859
https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008481859?cat=71742
St. Patrick’s Ward starts on image 6 (see previous film)
St. Matthew’s Ward starts on image 63 (pages labelled Township of York East)

1884 Map of Toronto showing wards

Assessment Rolls for 1884 (four digitized films)

First digitized film 8481860
https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008481860?cat=71742
St. Lawrence’s Ward starts on image 4
St. James’ Ward starts on image 188
St. Thomas’ Ward starts on image 406 (continues on next film)

Second digitized film 8481861
https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008481861?cat=71742
St. Thomas’ Ward starts on image 6 (see previous film)
St. Paul’s Ward starts on image 58
St. John’s Ward starts on image 152
St. David’s Ward starts on image 335
St. George’s Ward starts on image 517

Third digitized film 8481862
https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008481862?cat=71742
St. Stephen’s Ward starts on image 2
St. Patrick’s Ward starts on image 273

Fourth digitized film 8481863
https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008481863?cat=71742
St. Andrew’s Ward starts on image 2

Assessment Rolls for 1885 (four digitized films) 

First digitized film 008481864
https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008481864?cat=71742
St. Thomas’ Ward starts on image 3
St. George’s Ward starts on image 122
St. Matthew’s Ward starts on image 274
St. Mark’s Ward starts on image 353
St. Paul’s Ward Annex starts on image 395 (continues on next film)

Second digitized film 008481865
https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008481865?cat=71742
St. Paul’s Ward starts on image 6 (see previous film)
St. Stephen’s Ward starts on image 103
St. Andrew’s Ward starts on image 380

Third digitized film 008481866
https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008481866?cat=71742
St. Patrick’s Ward starts on image 5
St. James’ Ward starts on image 263
St. David’s Ward starts on image 480 (continues on next film)

Fourth digitized film 008481867
https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008481867?cat=71742
St. David’s Ward starts on image 4 (see previous film)
St. Lawrence’s Ward starts on image 76

Note: St. John’s Ward assessment rolls for 1885 were filmed with the 1886 set.

Assessment Rolls for 1886 (five digitized films) 

First digitized film 008481868
https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008481868?cat=71742
St. Andrew’s Ward starts at image 3
St. Paul’s Ward starts at image 208

Second digitized film 008481869
https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008481869?cat=71742
St. James’ Ward starts at image 6
St. George’s Ward starts at image 244 (repeated on next film)
St. Mark’s Ward starts at image 402
St. Matthew’s Ward starts at image 446

Third digitized film 008481870
https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008481870?cat=71742
St. Thomas’ Ward starts at image 5
St. George’s Ward starts at image 139 (see also previous film)
St. John’s Ward starts on image 296

Fourth digitized film 008200536
https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008200536?cat=71742
St. Patrick’s Ward starts on image 2
St. David’s Ward starts on image 284
St. Lawrence’s Ward starts on image 487

Fifth digitized film 008481871
https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008481871?cat=71742
St. John’s Ward (1885) starts on image 2
St. Stephen’s Ward starts on image 173

Assessment Rolls for 1887 (five digitized films) 

First digitized film 008418798
https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008418798?cat=71742
St. Patrick’s Ward starts on image 3 (continues on next film)

Second digitized film 008481872
https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008481872?cat=71742
St. Patrick’s Ward starts on image 7 (see previous film)
St. James’ Ward starts on image 127
St. Thomas’ Ward starts on image 368
St. David’s Ward starts on image 501

Third digitized film 008481873
https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008481873?cat=71742
St. Mark’s Ward starts on image 3
St. Andrew’s Ward starts on image 143
St. Paul’s Ward starts on image 359

Fourth digitized film 008418799
https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008418799?cat=71742
St. George’s Ward starts on image 6
St. Matthew’s Ward starts on image 182
St. Stephen’s Ward starts on image 292

Fifth digitized film 008481874
https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008481874?cat=71742
St. John’s Ward starts on image 2
St. Lawrence’s Ward starts on image 192

Assessment Rolls for 1888 (five digitized films) 

First digitized film 008481875
https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008481875?cat=71742
St. George’s Ward starts on image 3
St. Paul’s Ward starts on image 169

Second digitized film 008481876
https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008481876?cat=71742
St. Stephen’s Ward starts on image 2
St. David’s Ward starts on image 274

Third digitized film 008481877
https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008481877?cat=71742
St. Patrick’s Ward starts on image 6
St. James’ Ward starts on image 313
St. John’s Ward starts on image 532 (continues on next film)

Fourth digitized film 008481878
https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008481878?cat=71742
St. John’s Ward starts on image 5 (see previous film)
St. Matthew’s Ward starts on image 112
St. Andrew’s Ward starts on image 263
St. Thomas’ Ward starts on image 475

Fifth digitized film 008481879
https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008481879?cat=71742
St. Mark’s Ward starts on image 5
St. Lawrence’s Ward starts on image 199

Assessment Rolls for 1889 (four digitized films) 

First digitized film 008481880
https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008481880?cat=71742
St. Matthew’s Ward starts on image 2

Second digitized film 008481881
https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008481881?cat=71742
St. John’s Ward starts on image 6
St. George’s Ward starts on image 169
St. Mark’s Ward starts on image 345 (continues on next film)

Third digitized film 008481882
https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008481882?cat=71742
St. Mark’s Ward starts on image 6 (see previous film)
St. Andrew’s Ward starts on image 51
St. Patrick’s Ward starts on image 252

Fourth digitized film 008481884
https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008481884?cat=71742
St. Thomas’ Ward starts on image 5
St. Stephen’s Ward starts on image 158

Note: 1889 assessment rolls for several wards appear to have been missed from the filming. Additional records are available at the City of Toronto Archives.


Can you help us extend this finding aid to include other years by going through one digitized film and noting the first image of each ward? Submit your list to toronto@ogs.on.ca.

CONTRIBUTORS, SO FAR: Guylaine Pétrin, Gwyneth Pearce