Archives of Ontario, which is located at York University.
I have a project which I am working on and the purpose of this trip was more to research how to research than to actually research, although I did find something I could use.
If planning to go, here is a word of warning. You cannot just drop in and start going through the records. First you need to register on-line.
Those customers who wish to conduct research or consult any records in the Archives of Ontario’s (AO) collection must first obtain an Archives of Ontario Researcher (AOR) card. Unless revoked by the AO, this card is valid for a lifetime or as long as you are using the AOs services.
After registering, it takes up to 48 hours to be accepted, although I received my approval by the next day. To register, click here
What is allowed are notebooks, laptops (there are places to plug in) cameras (providing you get permission) and pencils. If you forget your pencil, there are plenty around, although they are the small golf pencils.
If I am making it sound very strict and unwelcoming, then I am sending the wrong message. The people there from reception to the staff in the reading room are all too eager to help! When I first went in, I had no idea where to start but a woman at one of the reference desks asked me what I needed. When I stumbled through an answer, she gave me some printed information and then showed me where to go and how to find what I needed.
The amount of information stored under that one roof was incredible. I brought home some information for Teena for genealogical research.
One note ... I was told that the microfilms can be ordered in advance and sent to any Toronto library. It does take a few days, though. I would rather go up and look around as one thing can always lead you to another.
I would like to thank all the staff how assisted and taught me today. They were all patient and terrific. I also appreciated how they came over later on to make sure I was finding things OK. In one afternoon, I feel confident I could go back for more research and know my way around.
Next time I will bring along my USB!