June 22: Special meeting with Christopher Moore: Should the British monarch remain Canada’s head of state?

Christopher Moore leads a group discussion at an in-person meeting at St. John’s Anglican Church, corner of Humberside Ave. and Quebec Ave. at 7 pm.
This meeting is in a hybrid format with Zoom available for those who prefer not to attend in person. We would appreciate feedback after the event on whether this arrangement works for you.

Advance registration will be required to participate on Zoom. Details will be found here closer to the date.

There will be a brief business session at the end of our meeting with Chris. Our 2022 financial statements and the minutes of or May 4th general meeting can be found below.

Queen Victoria
Queen Elizabeth II
King Charles III and Queen Camilla
Governor General Mary Simon
Christopher Moore

Chris is a long-time member of the WTJHS, a Governor-General’s Award winning writer, and a contributing editor at Canada’s History magazine. His article, “Royal Dissent,” was published in Canada’s History shortly after the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II last year.


Tackling the Junction’s Assessment Records  – Part 2 of Researching the History of Your House

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
To register for the May 4 2023 presentation and meeting, click here.

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 FamilySearch.org 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 wherethestorytakesme.ca. 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.

March 2nd 2023 meeting minutes to be approved at the May 4th meeting:

It’s time for the

New Executive – New Volunteers – New Ideas

Join us for the WTJHS 2023 Annual General Meeting and take part in a pivotal moment for the Society!

Our Annual General Meeting is scheduled for April 6, 2023 on Zoom at 7 PMAdvance registration for the AGM is required.  To register for the AGM, click here: REGISTER

The AGM will report on our 2022 activities and propose the budget for 2023.

Although only members in good standing (i.e., Life Members and annual members who paid 2023 membership fees) may vote, the AGM will be open to the public and will be publicized in a post on the WTJHS Facebook page.

The AGM Agenda has been set. The 2022 Annual Report will be the primary resource for reporting at the AGM on our 2022 activities.  The proposed budget for 2023 will be presented for discussion and approval, along with a full slate of candidates for elected officer positions. 

For the benefit of those who did not attend our March 6 general meeting, the three new candidates for elected officer positions are:

PresidentChristian von Donat
Vice PresidentDavid Plank
Treasurer  Peggy Mooney
Recording SecretaryWard Noble*

*interim appointment by Executive February 21st, 2023

In addition, Adrian Schincariol (Membership Secretary) and David Muir (Corresponding Secretary) have agreed to stand for election for another term.

Looking forward to seeing you on April 6th at 7 PM

-the WTJHS Executive Committee