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Hello, Fabio The service is available at any Toronto Public Library branch. Once you are signed on to a library computer workstation, open the Chrome browser and go to the FamilySearch website, then sign in to your free FamilySearch account. When you search records, the library's IP address will be recognized, and you will be able to view images of most restricted digital microfilm (please note that you may still get a restricted access message for some record sets which are only available through Family History Centers or to Latter Day Saints church members)
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Hello, Marc No, you will not be able to get access with a laptop connected to the library's wifi system. You must sign on to a branch computer workstation to access the FamilySearch digital microfilm, because access is provided through recognition of a specific IP address.
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As Toronto Public Library commemorates Holocaust Education Week 2017, I would like to take the opportunity to highlight one of Toronto Reference Library's unique collections: the library collection of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto (JGST). The Jewish Genealogical Society of Canada (Toronto) was established in 1985 and on January... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at Local History & Genealogy
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December 13, 2017 Update: FamilySearch now requires a free registration account to access their site. Registration instructions can be found here Please choose the Chrome browser for optimal image display. FamilySearch is a nonprofit family history organization (coordinated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) dedicated to connecting... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2017 at Local History & Genealogy
Getting Started Resources relating to Jewish genealogy are located in the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library, including general handbooks and guides for various countries. The collection includes Canadian, British, European and Holocaust-related material, aided by a strong map and atlas collection. Searching the Library Catalogue... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Local History & Genealogy
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Getting Started This guide focuses on the Loiselle Index available at the Toronto Reference Library. The Loiselle Index is a microfilm copy of a card index created by Père Antoine Loiselle, located in the Humanities and Social Sciences department on the second floor. The Index contains references to over one... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Local History & Genealogy
Getting Started Huguenots were Protestant refugees who fled from religious persecution in France and the Low Countries to Britain and North America in the 17th century. This guide focuses on resources at the Toronto Reference Library. Searching the Library Catalogue Suggested Subjects and Keywords: Huguenots Huguenots –- [Place name] E.g.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Local History & Genealogy
By George H. Cook -Second Charlottetown Detachment who volunteered for service with the Canadian Contingent for the war in South Africa. This image is part of the Canadian Copyright Collection held by the British Library, and has been digitized as part of the "Picturing Canada" project. Getting Started This guide... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Local History & Genealogy
Discontinuation of Microfilm/Microfiche Service Effective September 1, 2017 On September 1, 2017 Family Search will discontinue its microfilm distribution services. The last day to order microfilm will be on August 31, 2017. Please see the Family Search FAQ Page for further details. The change in service is the result of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2017 at Local History & Genealogy
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Getting Started This guide focuses on resources available at the Toronto Reference Library. Most of the resources listed are available through the Humanities and Social Sciences Department, located on the second floor. Questions to think about before beginning: To what branch of the military did your ancestor belong (army, navy,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2016 at Local History & Genealogy
Slavic and East European Collections, The New York Public Library. "Karta Ukrainy V.Boplana 1650g. Tekst str. 15" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. This guide has had minor revisions in October 2016. Getting Started This guide focuses on resources at the Toronto Reference Library. For help with your genealogy... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2016 at Local History & Genealogy
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On January 27, 2015 the world commemorated the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. In the period following World War II, Holocaust survivors wrote Yizkor (memorial) books to preserve the memory of families -- and in some cases entire Jewish communities -- destroyed during the war. These books were... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at Local History & Genealogy
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Current display marking 50th anniversary of Canadiana Collection The Canadiana Collection was created by North York Public Library in response to frequent requests for local and Ontario history materials. When the library held a book drive in 1961, appealing to the public for book donations to stock 3 new branches,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2011 at North York Central Library Blog
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Next time you are visiting North York Central Library, you might want to ride the elevator up to the 6th floor. The Canadiana Department contains some unique visual treats -- and some great reference resources, too! To your right as you exit the elevator, you will meet Henry, aka The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2011 at North York Central Library Blog
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Toni Wallachy, RC Harris Water Filtration Plant, 2010 The gallery at North York Central Library is the venue for Building Storeys 2011. A component of the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, Building Storeys is a collaborative effort between Heritage Toronto and a collective of Toronto architectural photographers. This year's photographers include... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2011 at North York Central Library Blog
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