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Toronto Research Tip: Street Names

If you have an address for your Toronto ancestors but are having trouble finding them in census and other records, it could be that they moved house. But have you considered another possible explanation–that the name of their street changed? As the city grew in size, many street names were changed for a variety of reasons—sometimes to eliminate duplication or confusion, and sometimes to commemorate a person or event.

Take a look at this 1858 map on the Toronto Public Library website, which shows what is now the downtown area bounded by College to the north, Queen to the south, University to the west and Yonge to the east. How many street name changes can you spot?

The “streets” section of a city directory is a good place to look to find out about street name changes, but there are other resources that can help too. Check out our Street Name Changes page for more information.

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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 @ Lansing 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 @ Lansing 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
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
This course is now full.  To put your name on the waiting list, please email courses@torontofamilyhistory.org and you will be contacted if a spot becomes available.   Course runs on three Thursdays: February 1, 8[...]
Feb
10
Sat
10:00 am Introduction to Genealogy and Fa...
Introduction to Genealogy and Fa...
Feb 10 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Introduction to Genealogy and Family History @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This fast-paced one-day course introduces some of the types of records and techniques needed for researching your family tree. It highlights vital records (civil and church), census records and probates (wills), showing how to extract[...]
Apr
7
Sat
8:45 am Art of Genetic Genealogy Investi...
Art of Genetic Genealogy Investi...
Apr 7 @ 8:45 am – 4:00 pm
Art of Genetic Genealogy Investigation with Blaine Bettinger @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Join us for a day with internationally renowned Blaine Bettinger, “The Genetic Genealogist”. This is an exciting opportunity for active genetic genealogists who are at the intermediate level. If you have already tested your Autosomal[...]
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
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. However, we welcome “day-campers” who live locally and join[...]

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?