Sources at the OJA

Information about your family can be found in a number of different sources at the OJA. They include:

  • marriage and circumcision records
  • family histories
  • newspapers and periodicals
  • cemetery records
  • synagogue and Jewish fraternal society records
  • immigration case files created by the Jewish Immigrant Aid Society (JIAS), the Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC) and the United Jewish Relief Agencies (UJRA)
  • ledgers from Jewish shipping agents
  • military records
  • Who's Who of Toronto Jewry
  • Jewish city directories for Toronto and London

It is best to speak with an archivist about your particular research needs, since there may be other records that could prove valuable for researching your family. Please also be advised that some of these records may be restricted due to privacy reasons. You may refer to our Research Policies for more information.

The OJA has free online access to in our research room for genealogical inquiries.