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Repositories[edit | edit source]

The following archives, libraries, and societies have collections or services helpful to genealogical researchers:

Library and Archives Canada
395 Wellington Street
Ottawa ON K1A 0N4
Telephone: 613-996-5115 or 1-866-578-7777 (toll free in Canada and the US)
Fax: 613-995-6274
TTY: 613-992-6969 or 1-866-299-1699 (toll free in Canada)
Internet: Canada Collections

Archives of Ontario[edit | edit source]

Archives of Ontario
134 Ian MacDonald Blvd.
Toronto, ON M7A 2C5
Phone: 416-327-1552
Fax: 416-327-1999
Internet: Archives

Many records for the old pre-1867 "Province of Canada" (which combined present Ontario and Quebec) are at the National Archives of Canada. Other records for the province and counties of Ontario are at the Archives of Ontario. Many records from both archives are available on microfilm at the Family History Library.
Both the Archives of Ontario and the National Archives of Canada lend copies of many of their microfilmed records to public libraries through the interlibrary loan service.
If you plan to visit either of these archives, contact the organization and ask for information about their collection, hours, services, and fees.

Toronto Reference Library[edit | edit source]

Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M4W 2G8
Phone: 416-393-7131
TTY: 416-393-7030
Internet: Toronto Reference Library

The Toronto Reference Library houses and extensive genealogical research collection. While the strength of this collection is it's Canadian content, it also includes numerous resources for the U. K., Ireland and northeastern United States, as well as some international coverage.

University of Western Ontario D. B. Weldon Library[edit | edit source]

D. B. Weldon Library
The University of Western Ontario
1151 Richmond Street North
London, ON N6A 3K7
Phone: 519 661-2111 x81111
Fax: 519 850-2979
Internet: Weldon Library web page

Major church archives are discussed in Ontario Church Records. To learn about Ontario municipal archives, see sources cited in Canada Archives and Libraries.

Inventories, Registers, and Catalogs[edit | edit source]

A directory of addresses, telephone numbers, hours, and brief description of collections is:

  • Taylor, Ryan. Important Genealogical Collections in Ontario Libraries and Archives: A Directory. Toronto, Ontario: Ontario Genealogical Society, 1994. (Family History Library book 971.3 J54t.)

See Ontario Societies for a directory of Heritage Organization repositories.

A few localities have published inventories of sources relating to their area; these are at archives throughout the province. An excellent example is:

  • Bloomfield, Elizabeth, ed. Inventory of Primary and Archival Sources: Guelph and Wellington County to 1940. Guelph, Ontario: University of Guelph, 1989. (Family History Library book 971.342 H23i; fiche 6104305.)

Canada GenWeb[edit | edit source]

A cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet for each county and province.

Roots-L[edit | edit source]

A useful list of sites and resources. Includes a large, regularly updated research coordination list.

FamilySearch™[edit | edit source]

The Family History Library and some Family History Centers have computers with FamilySearch™. Familysearch is a collection of computer files containing several million names. This is a good place to begin your research. Some of the records come from compiled sources; some have been automated from original sources.