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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

Jan
22
Mon
7:30 pm Lives and Times of the United Em...
Lives and Times of the United Em...
Jan 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Lives and Times of the United Empire Loyalists @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Sandra McNamara UE Please join Sandra as she travels back in time to explain how the United Empire Loyalists can be considered Canada’s first refugees. Many of the founding families of Canada had originally settled[...]
Feb
26
Mon
7:30 pm Digital Humanities for Family Hi...
Digital Humanities for Family Hi...
Feb 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Digital Humanities for Family Historians @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
DIGITAL HUMANITIES FOR FAMILY HISTORIANS — AN UPDATE FOR 2018 Speaker: Marian Press Digital humanities is an area of research and teaching at the intersection of computing and the disciplines of the humanities, which has[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Jan
10
Wed
10:00 am Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Jan 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Course runs on three Wednesdays: January 10, 17 and 24, 2018. This course is for genealogists with well-researched family trees that they wish to confirm and expand with genetic evidence. There will be an overview[...]
Jan
13
Sat
10:00 am Introduction to Genetic Genealog...
Introduction to Genetic Genealog...
Jan 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy -Saturdays @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Course runs on three Saturdays: January 13, 20 and 27, 2018. This course is for genealogists with well-researched family trees that they wish to confirm and expand with genetic evidence. There will be an overview[...]
Jan
31
Wed
6:15 pm Putting Your Family Tree Online
Putting Your Family Tree Online
Jan 31 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Putting Your Family Tree Online @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Course runs on three Wednesdays: January 31, February 7 and 14, 2018. There are many choices for how to put your family information online for others to find and for them to respond to what[...]
Feb
1
Thu
4:00 pm Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Feb 1 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records @ Archives of Ontario | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Course runs on three Thursdays: February 1, 8 and 15, 2018. An enormous amount of information about the people and families who lived in early Ontario survives in land records. The records of the Crown[...]

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?