Researching the History of Your House with the West Toronto Junction Historical Society

All text the group, MAY 4 2023 – TACKLING THE JUNCTION’S ASSESSMENT RECORDS by Jane MacNamara – Part 2 of Researching the History of Your House

Plus: Upcoming events and a call out for a one-time volunteer
Join us on May 4, 2023 at 7 pm for a presentation on Zoom by Jane MacNamara on using online assessment records to fill in details on the history of your house and its residents.

Advance registration is required
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If you haven’t used Toronto assessment records in your research, you’re missing a great source to fill in the 10-year gaps between census. And now that has digitized the 19th-century assessment rolls for today’s Toronto—we can use them from home to find out more about our occupier or landholder ancestors and their communities. This session will help you figure out the wards and other divisions needed to locate a household, and to understand what you’ve found. We’ll go beyond the flawed indexing with maps, directories and other tools. Family Search holdings include West Toronto Junction assessment rolls from 1888 to 1899, as well as pre-incorporation York Township from 1882. (Later years are at the City of Toronto Archives.)

Jane E. MacNamara is the author of Inheritance in Ontario: Wills and other Records for Family Historians (OGS/Dundurn) and writes about genealogy at A longtime member of the Ontario Genealogical Society, Jane lectures about research methodology, Ontario, and English family history to genealogical and historical groups throughout southern Ontario. She teaches courses for the OGS Toronto Branch, most notably hands-on courses about Ontario records.

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