Curious about when your home was built? Someone lived there before you—who were they? What was your neighbourhood like?
You may find the answers to these questions and more by familiarizing yourself with the great collections available at the City of Toronto Archives.
The Archives hold more than 1.2 million photographs and over 5,000 maps. You can explore the records of local families or search for Toronto's past in municipal government records, including assessment rolls, heritage assessment reports, council minutes and bylaws. The Archives also holds the records from the former townships, villages and boroughs that make up the amalgamated city of today. Start your research at toronto.ca/archives.
The Archives research hall and exhibit galleries are open and accessible to everyone. Visit during the week from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. The Archives is also open on Saturday from October 13, 2012 through April 13, 2013.
The Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) is a not-for-profit corporation with about 4000 members worldwide. Its aim is to encourage, bring together, and assist all those interested in the pursuit of family history.
Toronto Branch is one of 32 OGS branches and has close to 800 members. It serves the dual needs of family historians who live in Toronto and those whose ancestors lived in Toronto. In addition, the Branch helps those who use research resources located in Toronto.
For information on membership of Toronto Branch and the Ontario Genealogical Society, visit torontofamilyhistory.org/membership.html
The City of Toronto Archives and the Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society are proud to present…The 2012 Toronto History Lecture
To commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812, the City of Toronto Museum Services created a Book of Remembrance for the men of York who fell during the war and all the casualties of the Battle of York. This was a huge undertaking, as very little was known—not even how many lost their lives.
Janice Nickerson’s research on the militia men uncovered so many fascinating stories that she decided to put them together in a book, York’s Sacrifice: Militia Casualties of the War of 1812.
For the bicentennial year’s Toronto History Lecture, Janice will tell a few stories of the men, women and children whose lives were transformed by this pivotal event in the history of Toronto.
Speaker: Janice Nickerson is a professional genealogist based in Toronto. Her expertise includes Upper Canadian history, criminal justice records, fur trade history, and turning bare bones genealogies into full-fledged family histories.
Janice also did much of the genealogical research “behind the scenes” for the CBC’s television series, Who Do You Think You Are?, which aired from October 2007 to February 2008, and she has recently finished working with a producer developing another genealogical television series.
In addition to helping her private clients discover the richness of their ancestral heritage, Janice does heir-searching for the Public Guardian and Trustee of Ontario and writes how-to articles and books for the genealogical market. Her books, Crime and Punishment in Upper Canada: A Researcher’s Guide, and York’s Sacrifice: Militia Casualties of the War of 1812, were both published by the joint imprint of the Ontario Genealogical Society and Dundurn Press.
Janice has spoken to historical and genealogical groups throughout the province on topics ranging from how to interview your relatives and finding aboriginal roots to the criminal justice system in Upper Canada.
Admission is free, but reservation required.
The Toronto History Lecture was initiated in 2011 by friends who wished to celebrate the memory of the late Paul McGrath (1959-2008) in a way that he would have found meaningful. A local and family historian for more than 30 years, Paul was at the time of his sudden death both the Chair of the Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society and staff genealogist for the TV series Ancestors in the Attic.
The friends of this accomplished historian and communicator are pleased that the Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society has assumed responsibility for the Toronto History Lecture, thereby ensuring that this series, originally inspired by Paul’s memory, will continue for years to come.