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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

Oct
23
Mon
7:30 pm Toronto’s Massey Family
Toronto’s Massey Family
Oct 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Toronto's Massey Family @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Toronto’s Massey Family: A Story Told Through Postal History Speaker: Kathy Hartley Kathy Hartley spent decades researching her own family history before becoming a reference librarian at a philatelic research foundation in Toronto. Once there her[...]
Nov
27
Mon
7:30 pm Great Moments in Genealogy
Great Moments in Genealogy
Nov 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Great Moments in Genealogy @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
In keeping with tradition, eleven Toronto Branch members will be sharing “great moments” in their family history research in a series of short presentations as follows: Beth Adams: More Betts Houses. Patricia Blackstock: Travelling Through Town,[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Oct
28
Sat
9:00 am Scottish Family History from the...
Scottish Family History from the...
Oct 28 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Scottish Family History from the GTA:  New Directions @ Toronto Reference Library, Beeton Hall | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
A FULL DAY WORKSHOP Jointly sponsored by Toronto Branch OGS and the Toronto Public Library Designed for those who have some experience of Scottish genealogy, this one-day event will show you newly available and soon-to-be-released resources[...]
Nov
10
Fri
6:15 pm Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Nov 10 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Introduction to Genetic 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 Fridays: November 10, 17, & 24,[...]
Nov
18
Sat
9:00 am Kanata to Canada – A Journey thr...
Kanata to Canada – A Journey thr...
Nov 18 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Kanata to Canada - A Journey through Time @ Eglinton St George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
A FULL DAY WORKSHOP Saturday, November 18, 2017: Eglinton St George’s United Church Sponsored by the Toronto Branch OGS Join us in our special Canada 150 event as we explore the legacy of records our[...]
Dec
9
Sat
11:00 am TRL Special Collections Centre Tour
TRL Special Collections Centre Tour
Dec 9 @ 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 Toronto Public Library and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. Registration is required.  Registration is now open. Marilyn & Charles Baillie Special Collections Centre Tour: The emphasis of this tour[...]

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?