Harbord Village Residents' Association is a member of the Toronto Historical Association, an umbrella group of Toronto-area heritage groups and historical societies.

1950. Sam and Rose Bronstein on the front porch at 169 Major Street, where they lived with their six children and two tenants. Photo provided by Marsha Bronstein Ginsberg.

Heritage Toronto offers many short histories of various aspects of Toronto's past:
in particular see: http://heritagetoronto.org/the-price-of-prosperity-portuguese-labourers-in-toronto

Harbord Village's own Wendy Smith has put together a fascinating interactive historical map of the founding days of Toronto:

Nathan Ng's wonderful sites of historical maps:

Toronto Historical Map Viewer — several historic Toronto maps georeferenced and overlaid on a grid. Find your home's location and see what was there during several periods in the city's history.

The Toronto Public Library has a wealth of information for researchers. It has links to a wide range of local history resources, both in print and online at http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/history-genealogy.

Late 1970s. Hockey action shot, 100-102 Major: Carlos Fernandes, Tommy de Medeiros, and Paulo Fernandes using professional equipment donated by their neighbour Mutt Greenberg. Photo provided by Paulo Fernandes.


The City of Toronto's Archives are searchable online, and many of its photographs are also available online.  Their collection of William James's photographs, referred to as the William James Fond, is particularly interesting for our history as James lived on Major Street and took many pictures of his neighbourhood.

For more serendipitous research, check out the History of Toronto Flickr photostream and the often enlightening Lost Toronto photoblog.

Other sites of note are:

Our neighbour to the south has its own Kensington Market Historical Society, and provides a good outline of its history: http://www.kmhs.ca

Late 1940s. Norman Cook’s aunt Hazel (“Dot”) Sharp married Thomas Pittman, who had fled racial violence in Florida. Hazel’s dress is like the ones worn for a southern Cotillion Ball. Photo provided by Norman Cook.

Other groups are also working to document the histories of their communities, for instance: