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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

Feb
25
Mon
7:30 pm Toronto’s Early Police Detectives
Toronto’s Early Police Detectives
Feb 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Ellen Maki Visiting the haunts of felons and searching pawn shops for stolen goods were some of the duties of Toronto’s Victorian police detectives. Who were the policemen who became detectives, and was their[...]
Mar
25
Mon
7:30 pm The Bachelorette New France
The Bachelorette New France
Mar 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Bachelorette New France @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
THE BACHELORETTE NEW FRANCE: Stories of Bigamy, Incest, Witchcraft and Murder Speakers: Dawn Kelly and Carol Ufford In 1630 New France was populated mainly by men. France recognized that there were threats to its economy[...]
Apr
29
Mon
7:30 pm Tracking an 18th Century Regiment
Tracking an 18th Century Regiment
Apr 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Tracking an 18th Century Regiment @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Sam Allison Genealogists can benefit from the techniques and sources used to write history books. Driv’n by Fortune is about a Scots regiment that settled in Canada. The 78th Fraser’s Highlanders (1756–63) defeated the French on the Plains of Abraham,[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Mar
7
Thu
4:00 pm Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Mar 7 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records @ Archives of Ontario | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Course runs on three Thursdays: March 7, 14 and 21, 2019. Registration is now full. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list please send your email request  to courses@torontofamilyhistory.org Land records[...]

Other Events

Jun
21
Fri
all-day OGS Conference 2019
OGS Conference 2019
Jun 21 – Jun 23 all-day
OGS Conference 2019 @ London Convention Centre
The 2019 OGS Conference provides a great opportunity for family historians to attend stimulating workshops and lectures from engaging speakers from Canada and around the world, see what’s available in the genealogy Marketplace, catch up[...]

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?