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Researching a House in Weston

If you would like to find out more about your house the following information can get you started. This is only a beginning list of resources and will change from time to time as we learn more about researching a house in Weston.

In order for you to research a house you need to know a little about the history of the area. Weston can be difficult to research because every time it got incorporated or amalgamated documents were moved. Some got lost, some got destroyed and others just have not been archived yet.

Important Dates in Weston’s history:

Pre 1850In Home District (Ontario had districts before there were provinces)
1851 York County formed
January 1, 1850Township of York is incorporated
1881 Weston separates from York Township and becomes incorporated as Village of Weston, effectively reducing the size of York Township
January 1, 1882First Village council meeting
1915Incorporated as a town
April 15, 1953Township of York and Weston become two of thirteen municipalities in the new Municipality of Metropolitan (Metro) Toronto. Weston still maintains its own departments and control for the most part.
January 1, 1967Township of York and Weston amalgamate and are incorporated as the Borough of York. Weston ceases to exist as a separate entity.
June 10, 1983Borough of York is incorporated as a city
January 1, 1998Borough of York ceases to be an individual city and becomes part of the amalgamated City of Toronto

Click here to see an illustration of the above history.     Municipal Structure of Weston

Click here to see some old maps of Weston.    1851   1860   1878   1890   1945

It is also important to know if and when the street name changed:

Present NameFormer NameDate changed
Fern AveLaMaire AveFeb 18, 1924
Queen’s DriveMaria StreetDec. 10, 1923
Church StreetBeach StreetJune 14, 1920
Bellevue StreetMill StreetNov 14, 1924
Clouston Ave.St. John’s RoadMarch 2, 1964
Wadsworth Ave.Helen Ave.May 6, 1968
Rosemount Ave.North Station St.Feb 2, 1914
Victoria Ave. WestMeyer AvenueOct 27, 1941
John St.Elizabeth St.Feb 2, 1914
Lawrence Ave. WestDufferin StreetOct. 27, 1941
Weston RoadMain St.April 1, 1960

Sometimes the street numbering has changed, even though the street name has not.

Items Used to do Research:

Personal Information

Goad’s Fire Insurance Atlases

City Directories

Property Tax Assessment Rolls

Former Owners, Neighbours, etc.

Old Newspapers

Land Records

Building Permits

MPAC –Municipal Property Assessment Corporation

Toronto Property System – Available at Toronto Archives

General Research Information

Talk to people living in the house first

Cite your sources

Photocopy the information whenever you can

Places to Research

Weston Historical Society Archives Has:
1901 Weston Road


Fire Insurance Plans

Directories and Voters’ List

Property Tax Assessment Rolls

Biographical and Topical Files

Plans and Maps

City of Toronto Archives
255 Spadina Road

Go online to search for information related to Weston. Follow instructions to order items before visiting the archives because it can take up to an hour for the items to be retrieved.
Archive staff is very helpful and will show you around and inform you of the rules and regulations of the reading room.
Information found can be photocopied (at a cost), photographed or scanned onto your own USB.

The City of Toronto Archives has:

Property Tax Assessment Rolls


Fire Insurance Maps

Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge Street

Fire Insurance Maps

City Directories

North York Central Library

5120 Yonge Street
416-395-5623 (Canadiana Room, 6th floor)

The Archives of Ontario has:
134 Ian Macdonald Blvd,

Land Records and Assessment Rolls

Metro Toronto Land Registry Office
Atrium on Bay
20 Dundas St. W.
3rd Floor

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