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Toronto Research Tip: Newspapers

Newspapers can be a goldmine for family history researchers. Nuggets of information can be gleaned from birth, marriage and death notices, from lists of ship arrivals, from reports on crime, accidents and court proceedings, and even from local ads.

Broadside poster of The Toronto Mail

1890s broadside, “The Toronto Mail, the newspaper of Canada”. Toronto Reference Library, Baldwin Collection VS.

What you may not know is that Toronto researchers are particularly fortunate when it comes to newspapers. Not only are two of our major papers–the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail–digitized, but they can be accessed free of charge through the public library system and various academic institutions! Many other papers – some dating back to the 18th century – are available either in their original form or on microfilm – at the Toronto Reference Library, the Archives of Ontario and other repositories.

For more on Toronto newspapers and how to find them, check out our Newspapers page.

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Toronto Branch Meetings

Mar
27
Mon
7:30 pm What Lies Beneath
What Lies Beneath
Mar 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
What Lies Beneath @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Sherilyn L. Bell, BSc UE This lecture will provide an overview of a genealogy covering the early 1900s.  The subjects are not relatives of the speaker.  What started as a brief distraction from regular[...]
Apr
24
Mon
7:30 pm Ontario’s Second Wave of Settlers
Ontario’s Second Wave of Settlers
Apr 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Ontario's Second Wave of Settlers @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Ontario’s Second Wave of 19th Century Settlers: One Family’s Story Speaker: David Corkill By 1840 Upper Canada was a flourishing agricultural society. Along the lakeshores and on the Niagara Peninsula many mature communities were developing.[...]
May
29
Mon
7:30 pm Life on the Farm
Life on the Farm
May 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Life on the Farm @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Life on the Farm: Your Ancestor’s Place in Ontario Agriculture Speaker: Jane E. MacNamara We often think of farming as a traditional occupation—something that hasn’t really changed much. But that is not and was never[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Mar
25
Sat
10:00 am Introduction to Genealogy and Fa...
Introduction to Genealogy and Fa...
Mar 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Introduction to Genealogy and Family History @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
A HALF-DAY COURSE ON SATURDAY MARCH 25 FROM 10AM TO 4PM INCLUDING A 1-HOUR LUNCH BREAK This course is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library, the Toronto[...]
Apr
1
Sat
10:00 am TRL Genealogy Collection Tour
TRL Genealogy Collection Tour
Apr 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
TRL Genealogy Collection Tour @ Toronto Reference Library, 2nd Floor | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This tour is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library, and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. Registration is required.  This tour is now full.  Please contact courses@torontofamilyhistory.org for[...]
Apr
20
Thu
2:00 pm Using the iPad & iPhone for Gene...
Using the iPad & iPhone for Gene...
Apr 20 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Using the iPad & iPhone for Genealogy @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This course is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library,  and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. The course will be on three Thursdays: April 20, 27, and May[...]
Apr
29
Sat
11:00 am TRL Special Collections Centre Tour
TRL Special Collections Centre Tour
Apr 29 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
TRL Special Collections Centre Tour @ Toronto Reference Library, 5th Floor | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This tour is jointly sponsored by the Marilyn & Charles Baillie Special Collections Centre at the Toronto Reference Library, the Toronto Public Library, and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. Registration is required.  Registration is now[...]

Other Events

Jun
16
Fri
all-day OGS Conference 2017
OGS Conference 2017
Jun 16 – Jun 18 all-day
OGS Conference 2017 @ Algonquin College | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Our Canada—Your Family: Building a Nation/ JUNE 16–18 Members of all 34 branches and special interest groups of the Ontario Genealogical Society and other family historians from across North America and around the world will[...]

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? And that Toronto Branch belongs to the Federation of Genealogical Societies, which means our members can also subscribe to findmypast.com at special rates?