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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

Apr
23
Mon
7:30 pm Tracking an 18th Century Regiment
Tracking an 18th Century Regiment
Apr 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Tracking an 18th Century Regiment @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
TRACKING AN 18TH CENTURY HIGHLAND REGIMENT 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[...]
May
28
Mon
7:30 pm From Storefront to Home Front
From Storefront to Home Front
May 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
From Storefront to Home Front @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
FROM STOREFRONT TO HOME FRONT: MEMORIES OF EATON’S AT WAR Speakers: Anthony Badame & Stephanie Sukhareva Join Museum Studies masters graduates Anthony and Stephanie as they discuss their process of turning original genealogical and archival research into[...]
Jun
25
Mon
7:30 pm Yes, There Was An Argument!
Yes, There Was An Argument!
Jun 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Yes, There Was An Argument! @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
YES, THERE WAS AN ARGUMENT! Speaker: Bonnie Bell Godfrey Addison Argument, known as Ed, was born in Toronto, August 28, 1921, and died in Belgium on September 17th, 1944 at the age of 23 after[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

May
3
Thu
6:15 pm Using Your iPad & iPhone for Gen...
Using Your iPad & iPhone for Gen...
May 3 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Using Your iPad & iPhone for Genealogy @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
The course consists of four classes:    Thursdays, May 3, 10 and 17, and Monday, June 4. This course is co-sponsored with the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library. Learn how to get the[...]
May
4
Fri
10:00 am TRL Genealogy Collection Tour
TRL Genealogy Collection Tour
May 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
TRL Genealogy Collection Tour @ Toronto Reference Library, 2nd Floor | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
The tour is now full.  To put your name on the waiting list, send an email to courses@torontofamilyhistory.org and you will be contacted if a spot becomes available. TOUR OF THE GENEALOGY COLLECTION AT THE[...]
Jun
4
Mon
8:30 am Genealogy Summer Camp
Genealogy Summer Camp
Jun 4 @ 8:30 am – Jun 8 @ 6:00 pm
Genealogy Summer Camp @ Various Toronto libraries and archives
Note: Genealogy Summer Camp 2018 is now fully booked. A five-day, hands-on program for family historians with Ontario roots. Designed mainly for out-of-towners, this unique program takes researchers to different archives and libraries each day.[...]

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?