Category Archives: Ontario

Toronto Star donates more than one million photos

The Toronto Star has donated more than one million photographs, spanning the years 1900 to 1999, to the Toronto Public Library. This collection represents the Star‘s entire photo archive. Toronto Star publisher John Cruickshank said: “These remarkable photos will now … Continue reading


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Archives of Ontario digitizes patent plans

The Archives of Ontario recently announced it has started digitizing patent plans that will allow genealogists to trace their ancestors’ Crown land records. Here is their announcement: “Good news for genealogists! You can now access over 3,100 digitized patent plans on … Continue reading

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Laura Secord Day

Tomorrow, June 21, is Laura Secord Day, which means free admission at the Laura Secord Homestead in Queenston, Ontario and several talks and performances on the property, including a presentation by historian David Hemmings about the Canadian heroine’s family history. … Continue reading

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Laurier University Archives publishes convocation programs online

To mark convocation week, Laurier Archives at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario has published online the university’s convocation programs, from 1923 to 2013. It is quite easy to search for ancestors’ names or browse the programs by year. I was pretty … Continue reading

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FamilySearch adds Ontario births index

On Monday, FamilySearch adds Ontario Births, 1869-1912 to its collection. The index contains more than two million birth records.

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Queen’s University launches digitzed records of more than 1,000 Kingston-area families

Queen’s University Archives in Kingston, Ontario announced the public launch of digitized family files from the second addition of the Dr. Herbert Clarence Burleigh fonds. Through the Burleigh Family and in collaboration with Internet Archive in Toronto, the genealogical research on … Continue reading

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Doors open at Toronto Archives

During Doors Open Toronto, you may visit the Toronto Archives on Saturday, May 24, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., for a day of activities and a chance to look behind the scenes, chat with the digitization staff, and visit … Continue reading

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Summer of 1914 exhibit

To gain a better understanding of what my ancestors’ may have worn during the summer of 1914 when WWI began, I may take a day trip to visit the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum’s exhibit, Memories of an Innocent Summer. … Continue reading

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Canadian genealogist J. Brian Gilchrist passes away

J. Brian Gilchrist, one of Canada’s most knowledgeable genealogists, author, and speaker, passed away this morning in Brampton, Ontario, after spending several weeks in hospital. He had been scheduled to speak this weekend at the Ontario Genealogical Society conference. Mr. … Continue reading

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Kitchener’s soldier information card project — Update

The first blog post I ever wrote was for Genealogy Ensemble, a collaborative blog a group of friends and I started in January. The post was about the soldier information card project at the Kitchener Public Library in Ontario and its request for … Continue reading

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