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MAP (Birds-Eye View) - City of Toronto, 1876
Originally published by P.A. Gross, Toronto, 1876
This reproduction published by National Archives of Canada (Library and Archives Canada), Ottawa, 2000
Sponsored by GlobalGenealogy.com Inc. (Global Genealogy Supply)


Bird's Eye View Map... 19.95 (C$)
Ships in sturdy mailing tube


25" X 16 1/4" birds-eye view printed on 28" X 22" acid free paper

Most family historians want to learn about and understand the places where their ancestors lived and worked. Ideally they would like to walk the area and see the places for themselves. More than one hundred and thirty years of urban development often makes that impossible. Birds-eye view maps from the period are an alternate way to accomplish that goal.

The best birds-eye views were constructed in two stages. A cartographer set up a map of the city as it would be viewed from the air, typically at a 45 degree angle, from an imagined height that allowed coverage of the entire area being featured. Artists were then dispatched to make simple drawings of every building and landmark in the town. Those drawings were then transposed onto the mapped streets in the positions where the buildings were located. Both street-front and outbuildings were included.

The birth record of my wife's grandmother provided an address where she was born. What I didn't learn from that record was that her birthplace was in one of two garden sheds that the homeowner had converted into cheap rental housing for newly arrived immigrants. This birds-eye map triggered that realization, pushing me to do more research to prove the fact. Also easily illustrated by the birds-eye view was the route that her great grandfather walked each day on his way to work in a local factory - and that during his twice-daily walk he passed a little house that later became their first permanent home in Toronto.

In 2000, the National Archives of Canada (now Library and Archives Canada) published this reproduction of the 1876 Birds-Eye View of Toronto under the sponsorship of Global Genealogy.

Below is a magnified small segment of the birds-eye view which illustrates the high level of detail that is available.



This birds-eye view can be magnified to reveal astonishing and accurate details of Toronto streets, homes and businesses as they appeared in 1876




Many leading Toronto businesses had images of their facilities included around the perimeter of the main map,
this example being the T. Davies & Bro Maltsters Brewers & Bottlers

We guarantee that your birds-eye view of Toronto will arrive in perfect condition, shipped flat (not folded) in a sturdy mailing tube. Useful for researchers who are interested in Toronto as it was in 1876, or frame it for your wall.

  • Dimensions of the document: 28' wide X 22" high
  • Dimensions of birds-eye view printed on document: 25" wide X 16 1/4" high
  • Printed in colour - exact colour reproduction of the original map as it was in 2000
  • Originally published by P.A. Gross, Toronto, 1876
  • This reproduction published by National Archives of Canada (Library and Archives Canada), Ottawa, 2000
        with the sponsorship of GlobalGenealogy.com Inc. (Global Genealogy Supply)





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