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Icon of the event Holocaust Education Week 2015: Sephardic Jews in the Balkans
Tue Nov 03, 2015 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

In 1492, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella expelled the Jews of Spain. Many went to Portugal, North Africa, and Amsterdam, but the majority went East, to the Ottoman Empire, where they were welcomed....

Icon of the event Basic Genealogy and Family History
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm on recurring dates listed below
North York Central Library

This day-time course is designed for those just beginning to research or looking to upgrade basic research skills. The course will cover terminology, types of sources, the use of on-line resources, libraries and archives, inc...

Upcoming Dates:
Wed Oct 07
Wed Oct 14
Wed Oct 21
Wed Oct 28
Wed Nov 04
Icon of the event Ten Women Who Changed Toronto
Wed Oct 14, 2015 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
North York Central Library

In celebration of Women's History Month, Pat Staton presents a talk inspired by her recent book, "Toronto Women: A Walk Through History". The book features eight neighbourhood walks, with maps, and brief biographies of more t...

Icon of the event The Search for Richard III: England's Lost King
Thu Nov 12, 2015 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
North York Central Library

In 2012 the world's attention was suddenly focused on a small city in the middle of England. After years of research, hard work and fundraising, an archaeological dig was about to begin. The man in charge of the dig was look...

Icon of the event Second to None : The Fighting 58th Battalion of the CEF
Wed Nov 18, 2015 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
North York Central Library

Join Kevin Shackleton author of

Icon of the event A Tale of Two Sisters : the History of the Atlantic Empresses
Wed Oct 21, 2015 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
North York Central Library

Author Ian Kinder will give a lively discussion about the life of the

Icon of the event The Toronto Carrying Place: Rediscovering Toronto's Most Ancient Trail
Sat Oct 24, 2015 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Toronto Carrying Place documents author Glenn Turner's three-day walk along the route of the old portage from Lake Ontario to Lake Simcoe, searching for traces of the path and for its influence on today's cityscapes and l...

Icon of the event Atlantic Canada Genealogy
Sat Oct 17, 2015 | All Day
North York Central Library

If you have ancestors who lived in any of the four Atlantic Provinces, this one-day workshop could be for you. The keynote speaker at the workshop will be Terrence M. Punch from Halifax, an acknowledged expert on the subject....

Icon of the event The Aerodromes of Toronto : de Lesseps to Downsview and Beyond
Wed Oct 28, 2015 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
North York Central Library

To commemorate the Centenary of World War I, speaker Robert Galway examines the history of a number Toronto's airfields, including Downsview and Armour Heights in North York during this period. Admission is free and all are w...

Icon of the event Holocaust Education Week featuring E. Graziani
Tue Nov 03, 2015 | 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
North York Central Library

E. Graziani is a second-generation Canadian and has written the story of her mother?s experience in World War II. Her mother was able to live through the Nazi-takeover of her small Italian village and to create a new life for...