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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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26
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7:30 pm Great Moments in Genealogy
Great Moments in Genealogy
Nov 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Great Moments in Genealogy @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
In keeping with our very popular annual tradition, eight Toronto Branch members will be sharing “great moments” in their family history research in a series of short presentations as follows:   Patricia Clesle: Using Newspapers[...]
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28
Mon
7:30 pm The Spanish Flu
The Spanish Flu
Jan 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Spanish Flu @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
THE SPANISH FLU, TORONTO’S – CANADA’S FORGOTTEN PANDEMIC Speaker: Mike Clare The story of the Spanish Flu epidemic in Canada and Toronto is a forgotten one. Why? It has been called the most documented epidemic[...]
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25
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7:30 pm Toronto’s Early Police Detectives
Toronto’s Early Police Detectives
Feb 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
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