YOUR FAMILY-RESOURCES-FACILITIES & BOOKS
MORMONS & THE FAMILY HISTORY CENTRES
CHURCHES & ORGANIZATIONS
All large library branches
have a MultiCat computer, which lists the holdings of all systems, and
you can access all the Metro libraries from one computer at once rather
than by modem from home. Local libraries are very co-operative about
interloan. They will also borrow microfilms from the Canadian Archives
on your behalf. There are genealogy collections also in the main branches
of the Cities of Mississauga (west) and Richmond Hill (north).
The Richmond Hill Public
Library has a computer with the LDS software on it and some Mormon microfiche
are available at Canadiana Library.
IN METRO TORONTO REFERENCE LIBRARY
789 Yonge St.
Toronto, Ontario M4W 2G8
Mon-Thurs. 10-8; Fri & Sat. 10-5, Sun. 1:30-5
This is a large public reference library with ample
reading facilities and computers, microfilm/fiche readers and copiers
on all floors.
Library has an extensive History collection, which must be visited.
It is located in downtown Toronto and is reference only. The Map Room has a large collection of current and historical
maps, atlases and gazetteers for most regions of the world. The material
is on open shelves or available on request. The library has a complete
set of Toronto City Directories from 1838 to the present and many city
directories from other cities in Canada, the US, and Great Britain. Current
Canadian and foreign telephone directories are on the ground floor. U.S.
directories are on microfiche and are available at the ground floor service
Many ethnic newsletters
and general genealogy books for countries around the world are available
on their shelves for browsing. The
Baldwin Room, for Canadian history and genealogy, has microfilms
of voting lists from the 1940s on. For those of us whose families
immigrated to Canada after the censuses which are open (1901), these
lists are of great benefit to establish families in rural areas.
This library has access to the microfilm collection
of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
CD-ROMS are available on the History Floor on one computer.
Phone for an appointment for 1 hour on the machine. World-Vue computers
are located all over the library. Check out the genealogy section. "Who's
your Uncle, Eh?"
Star Newspaper Room has recently been expanded and re-opened
in the basement and houses microfilms of all the Toronto newspapers
from the 1840s. Full digital copies of all copies of The Toronto Star
are available on computers in the room.
YORK CENTRAL LIBRARY
THE GLADYS ALLISON CANADIANA ROOM
5120 Yonge Street , 6th floor
Toronto, Ontario M2N 5N9
Open Mon. 12:30-8:30; Tues-Thurs. 9-8:30; Fri. 9-5:30; Sat. 9-5; Sun 1:30-5
York Central Library has a Canadiana Department, located in Mel Lastman
Square, which is also a reference library, but all of its library is
now housed in open shelves rather than in closed stacks. What is still
behind the scenes in closed stacks are the libraries of the Ontario Genealogical
Society, the Jewish Genealogical Society of Canada, and smaller collections
of the York Pioneer and other local historical societies.
Ship passenger lists:
Arrivals at Halifax, NS: 1881 to 1935
Arrivals at St. John, NB: 1900 to 1935
Arrivals at Quebec City, QC: 1865 to 1935
Border entry records and Immigration forms
Canada 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, and some earlier
censuses, as well
Toronto , Ottawa, Hamilton, Montreal, Calgary, Regina, Edmonton, and
houses some Mormon Church microfiche and microfilms, and also Canadian
Archives films. Canadiana has some finding aids to military records to
1917. There is also the LI-RA-MA Russian Consular collection
on microfilm. There are also Assessment records
for Ontario and some vital records: births, marriages, and deaths
York University Scott
Library, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON, M3J 2R2, 416-136-5150
York University is
located in suburban Toronto. They house map collections such
as, Ubersichtsblatt zur Generalkarte van Mitteleuropa 1:200,000, available
for eastern Europe at their Scott Library.
JOHN P. ROBARTS LIBRARY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
University of Toronto
130 St. George St.
The University of Toronto Library is the largest research library in
Canada and the third largest academic library in North America. The Library
has more than eight million books, periodicals, dictionaries, maps, and
government publications. There are more than forty libraries in the University
of Toronto Library system.
Robarts Library has a number of books on Ukrainian and Polish research.
The Map Library has historical atlases, gazetteers, topographical and
other maps for most of the world at scales 1:50,000 to 1:1,000,000 with
comprehensive coverage for Canada, USA, and Europe.
The reference, microform section and map library are open to the public.
Access to the stacks and borrowing privileges are restricted to students,
faculty, and holders of library cards. However, it is possible to get non-reference
materials through interlibrary loan.
Browse UTCat, their catalogue of holdings, at the library workstations
or via the Internet. UTCat is augmented by an extensive array of other
online databases, periodical indexes and full-text electronic journals,
which are available to the public at library workstations. The library
also has CD ROM workstations and wide ranging data files in the Data Library.
Jacyk Central & East European Resource Centre,
which is primarily Ukrainian but, has portions of other ethnic resources
as well. Attention: Sophie Skoric, 416-978-1288,
Institute of Ukrainian Studies Press, Department of Slavic
Languages and Literatures, University of Toronto, 21 Sussex Avenue,
Toronto, ON, M5S 1Al, 416-978-4595 email@example.com
The Canadian Institute
of Ukrainian Studies Press, which is located in the University of Toronto,
is the largest publisher of English-language material about Ukraine,
but its main stock of books is located at the University of Alberta.
Send away for its catalogue to either University.
There are a number of
societies in Ontario of interest to eastern European genealogists. It
is important to join a genealogy group such as the Toronto Ukrainian
Genealogy Group (TUGG) for additional help. TUGG meets in the
Board Room of St. Vladimir, 620 Spadina Avenue, on the second Tuesday
of the month, from September to June from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The members
are first to fourth generations, and they are researching their personal
family histories in Canada, the United States and also in Ukraine or
Poland. All meetings are held in English.
Networking with other
genealogists, even if not Ukrainian, could be helpful. You may find someone
else researching your name, the history of your town and other related
Group - Ottawa - http://www.geocities.com/uggncr/ottawa.html
Group - Prince Edward Island - http://uggpei.isn.net
Lemko Site (Lemkos
are a group of Ukrainians from a mountainous area of Ukraine - also known
as Ruthians) offers much information about the country, history, religion,
Connection - http://www.tccweb.org/
Knowledge Base - http://www.carpatho-rusyn.org/
Society - 125 Westland Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15217 - http://www.carpathorusynsociety.org/
Genealogy Web Site - The goal at this site is to promote genealogical
research for those whose ancestors may be Carpatho-Rusyns (also known
as Rusyns, Rusins, Rusnaks, Ruthenes, Ruthenians, Carpatho-Russians,
Carpatho-Ruthenians, Carpatho-Ukrainians and Lemkos). http://www.rusyn.com/
Genealogical Society, Inc., P.O. Box 2536, Winnipeg, Manitoba,
Canada R3C 4A7 http://www.eegsociety.org
Eastern European Genealogical Societies, P.O. Box 510898,
Salt Lake City, UT 84151-0898 http://feefhs.org
There are numerous active
Polish genealogical societies throughout the United States, including
The Polish Genealogy Source. http://www.polishroots.org/
Society of America, 984 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL
German Genealogy in Eastern Europe http://www.sggee.org/
155 N. Washington Avenue, Bergenfield, NJ 07621 http://www.avotaynu.
The Jewish Genealogical Society holds
monthly meetings at a synagogue in North Toronto. Jewish Genealogical
Society of Canada, P. 0. Box 446, Station A, Toronto, ON, M2N 5T1, (publishes “Shem
Tov” quarterly) -Library in North York Public Library Canadiana
Archive is the Archives for the Canadian Jewish Congress,
Ontario Region. It houses manuscripts and printed material, audio visual
material and artifacts of organization and individuals. It is open
Monday to Thursday 9 to 4:45 p.m. and Friday 9 to 2 p.m. Call for an
appointment. Ontario Jewish Archives, 4600 Bathurst Street, North York,
ON, M2R 3V2 416-635-2883 Ext. 170
Genealogical Society has 30 branches throughout the Province,
roughly equivalent in size to our Counties. Each branch publishes a
newsletter at least quarterly, maintains a genealogical library and
holds monthly meetings. OGS holds an annual Convention of about 3 days.
The main OGS library has a number of books on our area of interest,
and their periodical collection is beginning to reflect our varied
backgrounds. They carry periodicals from around the world, from Poland,
the Anglo-German Society, 2 Polish American societies, 4 German American
societies, 2 Jewish societies, all the provinces and most of our neighbouring
states. All periodicals received are reviewed in a column in Newsleaf,
one of the quarterly periodicals, placed in the library located at
Canadiana and available for viewing at the Library. The Library also
houses cemetery transcriptions from across the Province transcribed
over the years by volunteers.
Both Society libraries,
which are housed at the Canadiana Library, are accessed through separate
card catalogues and are not shown on the Toronto Public Library computer
catalogue. The OGS Library catalogue will soon be solely on its own computer
Toronto Branch of the
Ontario Genealogical Society, as well as all other branches, is coordinating
the transcription of cemetery monuments within the previous City to Toronto,
and some have been published and are available for sale through the Branch.
There are also copies available in the Society's holdings at the Canadiana
Room. Cyrillic inscriptions of Macedonians and Ukrainians have been transliterated
and translated into English. The Branch has a master index of names in
published cemetery transcriptions and some places of worship, which can
be searched for a small fee if one contacts the Branch.
The Toronto Branch offers
8-week family history courses for beginners and 4 to 8 week specialty
Society, 40 Orchard View Blvd., Suite 102, Toronto, ON, M5R 1B9, 416-489-0734;
fax 416-489-9803, (has 30 branches, publishes “Families” and “Newsleaf” quarterly).
OGS Library at North York Central Library Canadiana Room. webpage http://www.ogs.on.ca
Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society, Box 518, Station K, Toronto,
ON, M4P 2G9, (publishes “Toronto Tree”), meetings 4th Monday of
each month at North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, 1:30
MULTICULTURAL HISTORY SOCIETY OF ONTARIO
43 Queen's Park Crescent East
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C3
Records of the Canadian Immigration Department
This is a large collection on microfilm.
Here are a few samples:
Refugee Immigration to Canada, 1939-50 (Lists)
East End Emigration Society (London), reports and lists, 1892-1910
Emigration from Rumania, 1901-1929
Enemy aliens from Britain, 1940-42 (Lists)
Also of great interest are the records of the Canadian immigration department
on microfilm (1873-1968).
History Society of Ontario published
the journal Polyphony, which contained articles
about Ontario’s different ethnic groups. It has a library which
is run by volunteers and open to the public by appointment, and its
collection is primarily minute books and records of fraternal and
cultural societies of multiethnic groups in the Province. See:
Toronto has many enclaves
of different ethnic groups. Most of them have cultural halls either singly
or attached to a church, or a synagogue, and many have libraries within
the halls, but they do not advertise their library's contents outside
their community. We have Albanians, Armenians, Austrians, Croats, Czechs,
Estonians, Finns, Germans from Russia, Greeks, Hungarians, Latvians,
Lithuanians, Macedonians, Poles, Russians, Serbs, Slovaks, all with their
Centre has a seniors home and large hall, with a library.
They put up an extensive display of the wanderings of the Donau-Schwabians
from Schwabia, Germany to the Danuba in Ukraine, across Europe to the
new world, primarily Lutheran and Mennonites.
1686 Ellesmere Avenue, Toronto, ON, M1H 2V5, 416- 290-6186
Clair O'Connor Mennonite Centre is also a seniors home, craft
store, hall and library.
11 St. Clair O’Connor
Mennonite Centre, 2101 St. Clair Ave. East, Toronto, ON, M4B 3M3, 416-151-815-1
The Polish Association
of Toronto, has an extensive library on its premises, a large
hall which is rented out for functions.
of Toronto, 2l82 Lakeshore Blvd. West, Etobicoke, ON, M8V
Centre has had a. trilingual school, English, French and Ukrainian,
and has a library for its school.
Centre, 83 Christie Street, Toronto, ON, M6G 3Bl, 416-531-3610
of Canada, St. Vladimir Institute has a large library, Check
out the series of "lstor:ia Mist i Sil Ukrainskoi RSR”,
a comprehensive series of the history of cities and towns of Ukraine,
published in 1979, with information of its populations at different
times of its existence, its manufacturing, wars and disputes, castles,
etc. The Tor:onto Ukrainian Genealogy Group library is also housed
at St. Vladimir Institute, but is non-circulating.
of Canada, St. Vladimir Institute, 620 Spadina Ave., Toronto,
ON, M5S 2H4, 416-923-3318
National Federation Community Centre
has Ukrainian and English language books, which can be circulated.
The UNF has moved its headquarters to Etobicoke, and its new library.
Ukrainian National Federation
Community Centre, 145 Evans Avenue, Toronto, ON, Attention: Ms. Nell
Macedonian Place is
another seniors retirement home with a reference library.
16 Macedonian Place,
850 O’Connor Drive East York ON M4B 3L6 416-155- 9231
77 Grenville Street ,
M5S 1B3 CANADA
No reference and retrieval service. Ring the metal buzzer on the wall
beside the door to gain entrance to the building.
1-800-668-9933 Toll-Free (
416-327-1583 Reading Room Reference Desk
416-327-1552 Special Collections Reference Desk
The Ontario Archives
have old documents from organizations deposited by the Ontario Multicultural
Centre. There were also some translations on tape of interviews with
pioneers to the province. The Archives
has a large collection of local histories, county and city directories,
some voters’ lists,
newspapers (1793-1930), and various historical and genealogical publications.
The three primary collections of genealogical interest at the Archives
of Ontario are the Vital Statistics, Court Records, and Land Registrations.
The Archives also hold Ontario Census microfilms from the National
Archives of Canada (in addition to other federal microfilm of provincial
Index of Vital Statistics:
Marriages: 1801 – 1919
CITY OF TORONTO ARCHIVES
255 Spadina Road
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2V3
Assessment rolls for
City of Toronto, North York, East York, Weston, Leaside
(former boroughs are not included)
City Directories for Toronto
1834 - 2000 Building
Permits, Maps, and Atlases
Pictures (mostly of buildings and streets)
CITY OF TORONTO
Toronto City Hall,
100 Queen Street West
(Opposite Sheraton Centre Hotel)
Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N2
Assessment rolls for
City of Toronto
1951 to the present
CITY OF TORONTO
URBAN AFFAIRS LIBRARY
MORMONS & THE FAMILY HISTORY CENTRES
two Family History Centre libraries of the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the Mormons) in the Toronto area,
Mississauga Branch, and the Don Mills Branch. They are stocked with the
usual microfiche and microfilm readers and the most recent fiche and
with one computer. You don't have to be a Morman to use their facilities.
Film rentals for 30 day renewable periods cost a mere $5.
95 Melbert Rd
Etobicoke, Toronto County, Ontario, Canada
Hours: M,T,W,Sat 9:45am-12:45pm; M,T,W,Th 1:15 pm-4:15pm; W,Th 6:30pm-9:30pm
24 Ferrand Drive
North York, Toronto County, Ontario, Canada
Hours: M,T,W, F 9:30am-4pm; Th,Sat 9:30am-12pm; T,W,Th 6:30pm-9:30pm
Attention: Must make an appointment in advance. Phone 416-422-5480 ext 111.
Go to your nearest
Family History Center and order the films. You can locate the nearest
FHC at http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp -
There are more than 3,400 centers worldwide.
CHURCHES & ORGANIZATIONS
Orthodox Cathedral is located at 3338 Lakeshore Road, Toronto,
Catholic Eparchy is at 3100 Weston Road, Toronto, ON, 416-603-6877.
All records are held by the parishes.
Orthodox Cathedral 102 Follis Avenue, Toronto, ON, 416-534-1763
is the oldest Ukrainian language church in Toronto. The original parishioners
were Rusyns-Lemkos, and the Archivist, Herman Kurms, indicated they
had records from 1915. They were willing to have persons come in for
Association of United Ukrainian Canadians (AUUC), at 1614
Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON, 416-535-1063, have advised me that
their Archives are now at the National Archives of Canada in Ottawa,
and their Canadian administration office is in Edmonton.
The Infoukes website is located in Toronto and there are a number of
interesting articles, which one could read on the Internet in the genealogy
section. You can also access the Lemko website from this site with further
genealogical articles. Infoukes Inc., Suite 185, 3044 BIoor Street West,
Toronto, ON, M8X 2H8, 416-236-4865, fax 416-166-5104 http://www.infoukes.com
For those with interest in the Mennonites, a trip to the University of
Waterloo in Kitchener/Waterloo would be suggested, as their Library has
a selection of material on the Mennonites. Your background would probably
be Germans from Russia or Ukraine if your ancestor were Mennonite.
Most of the above sites
in Toronto can be reached by public transportation. Some of them are
open because of volunteer help, so a telephone call first to ascertain
that your chosen resource is open is recommended.
Gazetteer of Galicia by
Brian J. Lenius. To
order a copy
Your Ukrainian Ancestors by Muryl Andrejciw Geary (Heritage
Roots in Ukraine and Moldova: Pages from the Past and Archival Inventories by
Miriam Weiner (Routes to Roots Foundation/YIVO Institute, $68)
for Researching Ukrainian Family History by Paul J.
Himka (Libraries Unlimited, out of print)
a History by Orest Subtelny, University of Toronto
Unexpected Nation by Andrew Wilson, Yale University
in North America an Illustrated History by Orest Subtelny,
University of Toronto Press, 1991
of Ukraine by Paul Robert Magocsi, University of Toronto
a Historical Survey and Bibliographic Guide by Paul
Robert Magocsi, University of Toronto Press, 1990
a Historical Atlas by Paul
Robert Magocsi, University of Toronto Press, 1985
Atlas of East Central Europe by
Paul Robert Magocsi, University of Toronto Press, 2nd
revised and expanded edition (2002)
Americans by Kevin Osborn (Chelsea House, out of print)
Americans: Roots and Aspirations, 1884-1954 by Myron
B. Kuropas (University of Toronto Press, $26)
Recipes edited by Joanne Asala (Penfield Books, $6.95)
in North America: A Biographical Directory of Noteworthy Ukrainians
in the United States and Canada edited by Dmytro M.
Shtohryn (Association for the Advancement of Ukrainian Studies, out
of Ukrainian Surnames in Canada (1974;
Winnipeg, Vancouver; Onomastic Commission of UVAN and Canadian Institute
of Onomastic Sciences)
By F. Bogdan
Ukrainy: A series of books listing all soldiers of
the Soviet Army during WWII who either died or disappeared during
and Bukovina : a research handbook about Western Ukraine,
late 19th and 20th centuries by John-Paul Himka The ENTIRE book is
on line. http://www.ourroots.ca/f/toc.asp?id=1563
A Journey Through the History of Ukraine by Anna Reid,
Westview Press, 2000
of Ukrainian Emigration to Canada: Wasyl Eleniak and Ivan Pylypow by
Marshall A. Nay, Brightest Pebble Publishing Co. Ltd., 1997
Ukrainian Settlements in Canada, 1895-1900: Dr. Josef Oleskow's Role
in the Settlement of the Canadian Northwest by Vladimir
J. Kaye, University of Toronto Press, 1964
of Ukrainian Canadian Biography of Pioneer Settlers of Alberta, 1891-1900 by
Vladimir J. Kaye, editor and compiler, Friesen Press, 1984
of Ukrainian Canadian Biography of Pioneer Settlers of Manitoba ,
1891-1900 by Vladimir J. Kaye, editor and compiler,
Ukrainian Canadian Research Foundation, 1975
Canadian, Eh? by Michael Czuboka, Communigraphics Printers
Aid Group, 1983
of Baba's Children by Myrna Kostash, Hurtig Publishers
and Ashes a Story of Family by Janice Kulyk Keefer,
Harper Perennial, 1998
About the Life of the First Ukrainian Settlers in Canada by
William A Czumer, the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, 1981
Streets of Gold a Social History of Ukrainians in Alberta by
Helen Potrebenko, New Star Books, 1977
Promised Land, Settling the West 1896-1914 by Pierre
Berton, Penguin Books, 1990
Ukrainians in Winnipeg's First Century by Peter Krawchuk,
Kobzar Publishing Company Ltd., 1974
in Canada the Struggle to Retain Their Identity by
William Darcovich, UkrainianSelf-Reliance Association, Ottawa, 1967
Operations the Role of Old Fort Henry in World War I by
Lubomyr Y. Luciuk, Delta Minibook, 1980
For Place, Ukrainian Displaced Persons, Canada, and the Migration
of Memory by Lubomyr Luciuk, University of Toronto
A Forgotten Holocaust by Anthony Dragan, Svoboda Press,
Oppression in Ukraine, Reports and Documents, Ukrainian
Publishers Ltd. London, 1962
Shattered Illusion, the History of Ukrainian Pro-Communist Organizations
in Canada by John Kolasky, Peter Martin Associates
Foreigners', European Immigrant Worker And Labour Radicalism in Canada,
1896-1932 by Donals Avery, McLelland And Stewart, 1980
Ukrainian Socialist Movement in Canada (1907-1918) by
Peter Krawchuk, Progress Books, 1979
Popovich, His Place in the History of Ukrainian Canadians by
Peter KrawchukCanadian Society for Ukrainian Labour Research, 1987
Two Worlds, the Memoirs of Stanley Frolick Edited by
Lubomyr Y Luciuk and Marco Carynnyk, the Multicultural History Society
of Ontario, 1990
Leaf and Trident, the Ukrainian Canadians during the Second World
War by Thomas M Prymak, the Multicultural History Society
of Ontario, 1988
Years in Soviet Ukraine by John Kolasky, Peter Martin
Associates Limited, 1970
We Forget by Michael Hanusiak, Progress Books Toronto,
Harvest of Sorrow, Soviet Collectivization and the Terror-Famine by
Robert Conquest, The University of Alberta Press, 1986
and Ukraine Past and Present Edited by Peter J. Potichnyj,
The Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, 1980
Roots by Rosemary A Chorzempa, on doing Polish Genealogy,
Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1993