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Toronto Research Tip: Biographical sources

When it comes to putting flesh on the bones of your genealogical research, a great place to start is by seeking out any accounts of your ancestor’s life that may already have been written. Toronto family historians are in luck because we have several sources of compiled biographies and biographical indexes to draw on. These include the Biographical Card Index at Toronto Reference Library as well as an extensive collection of obituaries compiled by Library staff.

Find out more about the resources available to help you on our Biographical Sources page.

Portrait of E.J. Lennox

Photo of Toronto architect Edward James Lennox, featured among the biographical sketches in Vol. 1, History of Toronto and the County of York, Ontario (2 vols.). C. Blackett Robinson: Toronto, 1885.

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Toronto Branch Meetings

Sep
24
Mon
7:00 pm September Meeting
September Meeting
Sep 24 @ 7:00 pm
September Meeting @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Note: We’re starting this information-packed meeting at 7:00 pm! 7:00 to 7:30 pm   SHOW & TELL. 7:30 to 8:40 pm   Chair’s remarks & keynote presentation. 8:40 to 9:30 pm   SHOW & TELL continued. SHOW &[...]
Oct
22
Mon
7:30 pm Welcoming Newcomers
Welcoming Newcomers
Oct 22 @ 7:30 pm
Welcoming Newcomers @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
WELCOMING NEWCOMERS: CANADA’S ETHNIC BENEVOLENT SOCIETIES Speaker: Jane E. MacNamara Established in the 1830s and before, societies like St. Andrew’s, St. George’s, St. Patrick’s and many other ethnic-based benevolent organizations provided guidance, financial and social[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Oct
26
Fri
2:30 pm Advanced English Research
Advanced English Research
Oct 26 @ 2:30 pm – 5:15 pm
Advanced English Research @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Need help finding your English ancestors before the civil records of the 19th Century?  International author and lecturer Paul Milner will lead a mini-workshop covering two important resources for the advanced English researcher. Navigating the[...]
Oct
27
Sat
8:30 am English Genealogy Before 1837
English Genealogy Before 1837
Oct 27 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
English Genealogy Before 1837 @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
ENGLISH GENEALOGY BEFORE 1837: RESEARCHING PRE-VICTORIAN RECORDS Join us for a full day with two outstanding experts in the field of English genealogy.  International lecturer and author Paul Milner and our own James F.S. Thomson[...]
Nov
7
Wed
2:00 pm Advanced Research Skills
Advanced Research Skills
Nov 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Advanced Research Skills @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This course is now full.  To be put on the waiting list, email us at courses@torontofamilyhistory.org   Course runs on three Wednesday afternoons: November 7, 14 and 21 Co-sponsored with the Humanities and Social Sciences[...]
6:15 pm Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Nov 7 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Course runs on three consecutive Wednesday evenings: November 7, 14 and 21. Co-sponsored with the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library. This course is for genealogists with well-researched family trees that[...]
Nov
10
Sat
10:00 am TRL Genealogy Collection Tour
TRL Genealogy Collection Tour
Nov 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
TRL Genealogy Collection Tour @ Toronto Reference Library, 2nd Floor | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
  TOUR OF THE GENEALOGY COLLECTION AT THE TORONTO REFERENCE LIBRARY Co-sponsored with the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library. Discover one of the largest genealogy collections in Canada. Explore the[...]

Did you know?

That Toronto Branch OGS has more than 600 members? That members get a discount on publications, and course and workshop registration fees?