Annual Conference: 2006
Come early or stay late after the conference and research in our local archives and libraries. Here is a list of many of the main research facilities, with some information about each and a link to more details. (Contributed by Kathie Orr U.E., Toronto Branch. Because things do change, if there are any errors here, please notify Doug Grant)
- Archives of Ontario
- City of Toronto Archives
- Church Archives
- Anglican Diocese of Toronto Synod Archives
- Presbyterian Church in Canada Archives
- United Church of Canada/Victoria University Archives
- Ontario Genealogical Society
- Toronto Public Library
- UELAC Toronto Branch
77 Grenville St
Toronto, ON M5S 1B3
Visit the website to see hours of operation, location, a guide to preparing yourself for a visit, customer service and research guides to help you plan your visit. Using the Archival Descriptive Database you can search the online guide to the archival holdings of the Archives of Ontario.
Holdings include the records of the Government of Ontario plus private sector records of interest to genealogical researchers.
Government records - examples
- Vital Statistics – registration of births (1869-1908), marriages (1869-1923) but some as early as 1780) and deaths (1869-1933)
- Land records documenting settlement and the ownership of land, including patent plans – includes Crown land (pre patent records) & land Registry Office records (post patent)
- Court records, including court proceedings, criminal indictment files, and wills and divorces.
- Loyalists Registers
- 2nd Heir and Devisee Commission (1805-1911)
Private Sector Records - examples
- Records of provincial politicians from John Graves Simcoe
- Microfilm of older Ontario newspapers
Other sources - examples
- Church records collection 1749-1981
- Cartographic records – county atlases, township plans
Diffusion Material - examples
- Upper Canada Land Petitions and Land Books
- Upper Canada marriage bonds
- Ontario Census records
- 1st Heir and Devisee Commission (1797-1805)
255 Spadina Rd
Toronto, ON M5R 2V3
Public Information 416-397-5000
Research Hall 416-397-0778
Hours: Monday to Friday - 9:00 to 4:30
Most Saturdays - 10:00 to 4:30 (closed on summer Saturdays)
The Archives collects documents created by the City of Toronto municipal government and by its predecessor municipalities (municipal governments that existed between 1792 and 1998 such as assessment rolls from 1834, maps from 1792. It also has non-government records that complement the government records including directories and diaries.
Description of their holdings
Research Guides to holdings
Toronto Branch OGS has produced an indexed transcription of the Toronto tax assessment rolls for 1853. The original assessment rolls for 1853 are at the City of Toronto Archives and they gave their full support for the project. It can be searched at
The Anglican Church has 9 Diocese in Ontario, each with their own archives. Each Diocesans archives is responsible for retaining records created by the respective diocese and they also hold the historical parish records for each diocese which includes the parish birth, marriage and death records.
Anglican Diocese of Toronto Synod Archives
135 Adelaide St E
Toronto, ON M5C 1L8
The Diocese of Toronto, founded in 1839, is the most populous of the 30 dioceses in the Anglican Church of Canada. Its geographical area extends over 26,000 square kilometres, stretching from Mississauga to Brighton and north to Haliburton.
The archives is open to the public Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in July and August) for people to conduct their own research. It is good to call ahead to confirm times.
Presbyterian Church in Canada Archives
50 Wynford Dr
Toronto, ON M3C 1J7
The Archives is open from Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 4:45pm. During the months of July and August the Archives closes at 4:00pm. An appointment is recommended.
Their holdings date from 1775 with a large number of resources for genealogists. They have local church records and microfilm of registers from across the country. Also of interest are the private papers of ministers and missionaries.
As many Presbyterian congregations joined in the Church Union in 1925 to form the United Church of Canada you will need to look for many pre 1925 Presbyterian records at the United Church Archives.
Check out their online Finding Aids at http://www.presbyterian.ca/archives/finding%20aids.html
United Church of Canada/Victoria University Archives
73 Queen's Park Cres E
Toronto, ON M5S 1K7
Hours: Mon - Thurs 10am-4:45pm
The archives is on the campus of Victoria University in downtown Toronto across from the Royal Ontario Museum. The Archives houses the records of The United Church of Canada and its antecedent denominations (Methodist, Presbyterian, Congregational and Evangelical United Brethren), as well as the records of the five central Ontario Conferences of the United Church (Bay of Quinte, Toronto, Hamilton, London and Manitou).
Please note: the Archives of the Presbyterian Church and the United Church Archives holdings can be searched online through ARCHEION http://archeion-aao.fis.utoronto.ca/
Archeion is Ontario's Archival Information Network, providing a gateway to descriptions of archival fonds and collections held by members of the Archives Association of Ontario. The descriptions are maintained by the members and institutions and presented through this archival database by the Archives Association of Ontario.
The Roman Catholic Church has 14 separate dioceses in Ontario each with their own archives.
Archives of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto
Catholic Pastoral Centre
1155 Yonge St, Suite 505 Toronto, ON M4T 1W2
Tel. (416) 934-0606, ext. 501; Fax (416) 934-3444
Research by appointment only
They hold microfilm copies of sacramental records (1830-1910) created by parishes currently within the boundaries of the Archdiocese. Microfilms are also available through the Mormon Family History Centres.
Map of the area covered by the archives
OGS Provincial Office
40 Orchard View Blvd., Suite 102
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4R 1B9
Cemetery Ancestor Index and Locator
In 1973 the Ontario Genealogical Society initiated its Cemetery Project. Its goal was to identify all cemeteries in Ontario and to record all the monumental inscriptions within each cemetery. Currently, 96% of Ontario Cemeteries have been successfully transcribed by OGS and its 30 branches. To make this information accessible to the public, the OGS has launched its Cemetery Ancestor Name Index and the Ontario Cemetery Locator.
The OGS Library is one of several collections housed at this same facility. The collections of the Toronto Division of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Canada, the Canadian Society of Mayflower Descendants, la Société franco-ontarienne d'histoire et de généalogie de Toronto, and others. The OGS is housed at the North York Central Library Canadiana Department, Sixth Floor,
5120 Yonge St, North York, ON, M2N 5N9
Search the collection at http://ogs.andornot.com/CatMenu.htm
The TPL has two excellent facilities for doing your genealogical research:
1. North York Central Library - Canadiana Collection
5120 Yonge St North York, ON
To check hours of operation http://www.tpl.toronto.on.ca/hou_loc_northr.jsp#cl
Houses the Ontario Genealogical Society Library plus other collections. It has a large and extensive collection of research material. Their focuses is Ontario but has resources for all of Canada such as microfilm and fiche of material for Library and Archives Canada and the Archives of Ontario such as census records for all of Canada, directories, the Vital Stats indexes for Ontario, and genealogical indexes.
2. Toronto Reference Library - The Special Collections, Genealogy and Maps Centre
Toronto Reference Library – Genealogy
789 Yonge St., Toronto, ON
To check hours of operation http://www.tpl.toronto.on.ca/hou_az_index.jsp#trl
It has an excellent collection of genealogical reference material, the Baldwin Room, and is a leading library of the LDS
Digital Collection http://digit.tpl.toronto.on.ca:8000/
HisTORicity – Toronto Then and Now http://historicity.tpl.toronto.on.ca/
To search online Atlases & Maps, Books, Pictures, Toronto Neighbourhoods, Toronto City Directories (1797-1889)
Virtual Reference Library - For access to additional Toronto Public Library resources (like the catalogue, magazines, newspapers and more…). For some resources, a Toronto Public Library card is required.
- for Ontario Residents (outside of Toronto) http://www.virtualreferencelibrary.ca
- for Toronto residents http://vrl.torontopubliclibrary.ca
- Toronto Local History Resources http://www.tpl.toronto.on.ca/localhistory/index.html
- Genealogy & Local History Collection http://www.tpl.toronto.on.ca/uni_spe_genealogy.jsp
300 - 40 Scollard St,
Toronto, ON M5R 3S1
The Toronto Branch Reference library is the accumulation of many years of collecting and donations by our members, which has resulted in one of the best Loyalist resources.
The focus is on the American colonies, late 1600s-1800 and the Maritimes, Quebec and Upper Canada to 1840. Military histories, biographies, social attitudes and styles round out the core collection of genealogical material.
The Library is located within walking distance of the major repositories of the Toronto Reference Library and the Archives Of Ontario , and is on the TTC routes. Research hours coincide with the Toronto Branch hours: We ask that you call ahead to make an appointment. We will endeavour to make special arrangements for out of town researchers.