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.


789 Yonge St.
Toronto, Ontario M4W 2G8


Web site

Open 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.

Metropolitan Reference 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 desk.

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.

Mormon Church 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?"

The Toronto 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.


5120 Yonge Street , 6th floor
Toronto, Ontario M2N 5N9


Web Site

Open Mon. 12:30-8:30; Tues-Thurs. 9-8:30; Fri. 9-5:30; Sat. 9-5; Sun 1:30-5

The North 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.

Immmigration Lists

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

Census Records

Canada 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, and some earlier censuses, as well

City Directories

Toronto , Ottawa, Hamilton, Montreal, Calgary, Regina, Edmonton, and others.

Canadiana 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.



University of Toronto
130 St. George St.
Toronto, Ontario


Web Site

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.

The Robarts Library has a number of books on Ukrainian and Polish research. 8th Floor,

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.

Petro 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, pjrc@library.utoronto.ca


Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies Press, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Toronto, 21 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, ON, M5S 1Al, 416-978-4595 cius@chas.utoronto.ca

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 documentation.


Ukrainian Genealogy Group - Ottawa - http://www.geocities.com/uggncr/ottawa.html


Ukrainian Genealogy 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, etc.- http://www.lemko.org


The Carpathian Connection - http://www.tccweb.org/


Carpatho-Rusyn Knowledge Base - http://www.carpatho-rusyn.org/


Carpatho-Rusyn Society - 125 Westland Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15217 - http://www.carpathorusynsociety.org/


Carpatho-Rusyn 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/


East European Genealogical Society, Inc., P.O. Box 2536, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3C 4A7 http://www.eegsociety.org


Federation of 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 following:

Polish Roots: The Polish Genealogy Source. http://www.polishroots.org/


Polish Genealogical Society of America, 984 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622. http://www.pgsa.org


Society for German Genealogy in Eastern Europe http://www.sggee.org/


Avotaynu, Inc., 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 Room http://www.jgstoronto.ca

Ontario Jewish 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


The Ontario 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 terminal.

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 courses.

Ontario Genealogical 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 PM.



43 Queen's Park Crescent East
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C3



Web Site

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).

The Multicultural 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 own halls.

The Donau-Schwabian 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.

Donau-Schwaben Club, 1686 Ellesmere Avenue, Toronto, ON, M1H 2V5, 416- 290-6186


The St. 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.

Polish Association of Toronto, 2l82 Lakeshore Blvd. West, Etobicoke, ON, M8V 1A6, 416-252-4198


Ukrainian Cultural Centre has had a. trilingual school, English, French and Ukrainian, and has a library for its school.

Ukrainian Cultural Centre, 83 Christie Street, Toronto, ON, M6G 3Bl, 416-531-3610


Ukrainian Museum 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.

Ukrainian Museum of Canada, St. Vladimir Institute, 620 Spadina Ave., Toronto, ON, M5S 2H4, 416-923-3318


The Ukrainian 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 Nakonewzny, 416-l51-7562


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 ,
Unit 300
Toronto, Ontario

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 ( Ontario only)
416-327-1600 Reception
416-327-1583 Reading Room Reference Desk
416-327-1552 Special Collections Reference Desk



Web site

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 interest).

Index of Vital Statistics:
Births: 1869 - 1904
Marriages: 1801 – 1919



255 Spadina Road
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2V3


Web Site

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)

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

Metro Hall




There are 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.

Family History Centres-Toronto

Mississauga Ontario
95 Melbert Rd
Etobicoke, Toronto County, Ontario, Canada
Phone: 416-621-4607
Hours: M,T,W,Sat 9:45am-12:45pm; M,T,W,Th 1:15 pm-4:15pm; W,Th 6:30pm-9:30pm

Toronto Ontario
24 Ferrand Drive
North York, Toronto County, Ontario, Canada
Phone: 416-422-5480
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.



The Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral is located at 3338 Lakeshore Road, Toronto, ON, 416-225-7506.


The Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy is at 3100 Weston Road, Toronto, ON, 416-603-6877. All records are held by the parishes.


The Russian 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 genealogical research.


The 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.


INFOUKES - 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


MENNONITES - 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.



Genealogical Gazetteer of Galicia by Brian J. Lenius. To order a copy

Finding Your Ukrainian Ancestors by Muryl Andrejciw Geary (Heritage Publications, $16)

Jewish Roots in Ukraine and Moldova: Pages from the Past and Archival Inventories by Miriam Weiner (Routes to Roots Foundation/YIVO Institute, $68)

Sources for Researching Ukrainian Family History by Paul J. Himka (Libraries Unlimited, out of print)

Ukraine a History by Orest Subtelny, University of Toronto Press, 1988

The Ukrainians, Unexpected Nation by Andrew Wilson, Yale University Press, 2002

Ukrainians in North America an Illustrated History by Orest Subtelny, University of Toronto Press, 1991

A History of Ukraine by Paul Robert Magocsi, University of Toronto Press, 1996

Galicia a Historical Survey and Bibliographic Guide by Paul Robert Magocsi, University of Toronto Press, 1990

UKRAINE a Historical Atlas by Paul Robert Magocsi, University of Toronto Press, 1985

Historical Atlas of East Central Europe by Paul Robert Magocsi, University of Toronto Press, 2nd revised and expanded edition (2002)

The Ukrainian Americans by Kevin Osborn (Chelsea House, out of print)

The Ukrainian Americans: Roots and Aspirations, 1884-1954 by Myron B. Kuropas (University of Toronto Press, $26)

Ukrainian Recipes edited by Joanne Asala (Penfield Books, $6.95)

Ukrainians 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 print)

Dictionary of Ukrainian Surnames in Canada (1974; Winnipeg, Vancouver; Onomastic Commission of UVAN and Canadian Institute of Onomastic Sciences)
By F. Bogdan

Knyha Pam'iati Ukrainy: A series of books listing all soldiers of the Soviet Army during WWII who either died or disappeared during the war.

Galicia 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

Borderland: A Journey Through the History of Ukraine by Anna Reid, Westview Press, 2000

Trailblazers of Ukrainian Emigration to Canada: Wasyl Eleniak and Ivan Pylypow by Marshall A. Nay, Brightest Pebble Publishing Co. Ltd., 1997

Early 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

Dictionary of Ukrainian Canadian Biography of Pioneer Settlers of Alberta, 1891-1900 by Vladimir J. Kaye, editor and compiler, Friesen Press, 1984

Dictionary of Ukrainian Canadian Biography of Pioneer Settlers of Manitoba , 1891-1900 by Vladimir J. Kaye, editor and compiler, Ukrainian Canadian Research Foundation, 1975

Ukrainian Canadian, Eh? by Michael Czuboka, Communigraphics Printers Aid Group, 1983

All of Baba's Children by Myrna Kostash, Hurtig Publishers 1977

Honey and Ashes a Story of Family by Janice Kulyk Keefer, Harper Perennial, 1998

Recollections About the Life of the First Ukrainian Settlers in Canada by William A Czumer, the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, 1981

No Streets of Gold a Social History of Ukrainians in Alberta by Helen Potrebenko, New Star Books, 1977

The Promised Land, Settling the West 1896-1914 by Pierre Berton, Penguin Books, 1990

The Ukrainians in Winnipeg's First Century by Peter Krawchuk, Kobzar Publishing Company Ltd., 1974

Ukrainians in Canada the Struggle to Retain Their Identity by William Darcovich, UkrainianSelf-Reliance Association, Ottawa, 1967

Internment Operations the Role of Old Fort Henry in World War I by Lubomyr Y. Luciuk, Delta Minibook, 1980

Searching For Place, Ukrainian Displaced Persons, Canada, and the Migration of Memory by Lubomyr Luciuk, University of Toronto Press 2000

Vinnytsia: A Forgotten Holocaust by Anthony Dragan, Svoboda Press, 1986

Russian Oppression in Ukraine, Reports and Documents, Ukrainian Publishers Ltd. London, 1962

The Shattered Illusion, the History of Ukrainian Pro-Communist Organizations in Canada by John Kolasky, Peter Martin Associates Limited, 1979

Dangerous Foreigners', European Immigrant Worker And Labour Radicalism in Canada, 1896-1932 by Donals Avery, McLelland And Stewart, 1980

The Ukrainian Socialist Movement in Canada (1907-1918) by Peter Krawchuk, Progress Books, 1979

Mathew Popovich, His Place in the History of Ukrainian Canadians by Peter KrawchukCanadian Society for Ukrainian Labour Research, 1987

Between Two Worlds, the Memoirs of Stanley Frolick Edited by Lubomyr Y Luciuk and Marco Carynnyk, the Multicultural History Society of Ontario, 1990

Maple Leaf and Trident, the Ukrainian Canadians during the Second World War by Thomas M Prymak, the Multicultural History Society of Ontario, 1988

Two Years in Soviet Ukraine by John Kolasky, Peter Martin Associates Limited, 1970

Lest We Forget by Michael Hanusiak, Progress Books Toronto, 1976

The Harvest of Sorrow, Soviet Collectivization and the Terror-Famine by Robert Conquest, The University of Alberta Press, 1986

Poland and Ukraine Past and Present Edited by Peter J. Potichnyj, The Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, 1980

Polish Roots by Rosemary A Chorzempa, on doing Polish Genealogy, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1993