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Toronto Research Tip: Census Records

Census records are treasures to genealogists because they are snapshots in time – not only of individuals but of entire households and neighbourhoods. A census of the population of what is now Toronto was taken in 1842, 1848, 1852, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 and 1921. Depending on the year, a census return may hold not only the names and ages of family members, but a great deal of additional information that will help you flesh out the lives of your ancestors – street address, exact date and place of birth, year of immigration, occupation, religion, income, type of dwelling and more. And Toronto censuses are now easier than ever to access, because all of the surviving records for those years have been digitized and indexed and are available free of charge online. For a detailed guide to Toronto censuses and where to find them, visit our Census Records page. And if you’ve consulted our Census Records page in the past, be sure to check it out again – we’ve added more references and direct links to make your Toronto census research even more convenient!

Section of 1911 census return

Part of a return from Ward 2, Toronto East in 1911 showing two households on Seaton Street [full image on Library and Archives Canada website at http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1911/jpg/e002025635.jpg]

January Meeting

Our first Toronto Branch meeting of 2015 will take place on Monday 26 January starting at 7:30 pm at the Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Hall, 5110 Yonge Street in Toronto (convenient access from the North York subway station).

Our featured speaker will be Victoria Fenner, a documentary producer and journalist. Victoria will tell us about her Personal Journey through Canada’s Earliest Mental Health Facilities. In the course of her family history research, she discovered to her surprise that her great-great-grandmother had been a patient in three of Canada’s earliest asylums. She is now digging through archives, old newspapers and other documents written in the latter half of the 19th century to flesh out her ancestor’s story and find out more about early mental health care in Ontario.

Also in store – Branch Education Committee Chair Jean McNulty will give us an inside look at the work of her Committee and the educational activities planned for this year, and we’ll close out the meeting with a short presentation by Branch member Donna Di Lello on Writing Your Memoirs: It’s Hard to Do After you are Dead.

We hope you’ll be able to join us! To find out more about the January meeting and what’s in store for future Branch meetings, please visit our Meetings page or browse through our Calendar.

Toronto Branch Meetings

Feb
23
Mon
7:30 pm “Redcoated Ploughboys”, a histor...
“Redcoated Ploughboys”, a histor...
Feb 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
“Redcoated Ploughboys”, a history of the Volunteer Battalion of Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada, 1813-1815 @ Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Hall | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Richard Feltoe “Redcoated Ploughboys”, a history of the Volunteer Battalion of Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada, 1813-1815 Richard will discuss the recruitment, training and active service of the regiment in the various battles that[...]
Mar
23
Mon
7:30 pm Breaking the Silence
Breaking the Silence
Mar 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Breaking the Silence @ Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Hall | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Sandra Joyce Over 118,000 British children were sent to Canada from 1869 to 1939 to work as indentured farm workers and domestics in individual farms or households.  Some suffered horrifically in their placements, others did[...]
Apr
27
Mon
7:30 pm OUT OF THE SHADOWS: Imaging the ...
OUT OF THE SHADOWS: Imaging the ...
Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Bonnie Bell This presentation is one’s women personal project to inspire members of her family to become interested in the history of their female ancestors.   Using photographs, personal documents, and family stories and memorabilia, from[...]

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Courses starting & Workshops

Feb
4
Wed
6:15 pm Photoshop 1
Photoshop 1
Feb 4 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
A TWO-HOUR SESSION ON WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 4, 2015 A special course co-sponsored by the Toronto Branch’s New Members Special Interest Group in cooperation with the Digital Innovation Hub at the Toronto Reference Library. Learn the correct[...]
Feb
11
Wed
6:15 pm Photoshop 2
Photoshop 2
Feb 11 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
A TWO-HOUR SESSION ON WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 11, 2015 A special course co-sponsored by the Toronto Branch’s New Members Special Interest Group in cooperation with the Digital Innovation Hub at the Toronto Reference Library. Prerequisite: Completion of[...]
Feb
21
Sat
9:30 am Publish Before You Perish
Publish Before You Perish
Feb 21 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
A HALF-DAY COURSE ON SATURDAY FEBRUARY 21 To register, please click on the green Tickets button above. This half-day course is intended for those who have already done a lot of family history research. It[...]

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Other Events

May
29
Fri
all-day OGS Conference 2015
OGS Conference 2015
May 29 – May 31 all-day
OGS Conference 2015 @ Georgian College | Barrie | Ontario | Canada
Join members of the Ontario Genealogical Society for the annual provincial conference. The 2015 theme is “Tracks through Time”. Details and registration will be available early in 2015.  
Jun
3
Fri
all-day OGS Conference 2016
OGS Conference 2016
Jun 3 – Jun 5 all-day
OGS Conference 2016 @ International Plaza Hotel | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Toronto Branch will welcome hundreds of family historians to the largest genealogical conference in Canada. The event will be based at the International Plaza Hotel and conference centre, close to Pearson International Airport, Highway 401,[...]

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