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Archives of Ontario
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Contact Information[edit | edit source]



134 Ian MacDonald Blvd
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M7A 2C5

Telephone:[1]  416-327-1600, or 1-800-668-9933 Toll-Free Number (Ontario only)
Fax:  416-327-1999


  • Monday - 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday - 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM - Extended Hours 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday - 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday - 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM - Extended Hours 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Friday - 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday - 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Sunday - Closed

Map, directions, and public transportation:[2]  Map, directions, and public transportation

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

Most records in the Archives of Ontario are government created. These are from the late eighteenth century to the present and document political and legal decisions, the evolution of the province, and the interaction between the government and its citizens.[3]

The most popular government records are the registrations of births, marriages and deaths. The Archives of Ontario also have photographic and audio-visual records, for example, the Ministry of Natural Resources aerial photographs.[3]

Since 1903, the Archives of Ontario has acquired records from the private sector. They hold the records of over 2,600 private individuals, businesses, clubs and associations, labor and political organizations.[3]

The J. J. Talman Library is a research and reference collection for the general public at the Archives. There are approximately 75,000 books, pamphlets, Ontario Government publications, periodicals, microfilm, microfiche and other printed and published items in the Library's collections.[3]

Tips[edit | edit source]

All visitors require an Archives of Ontario Researcher (AOR) card. Sign up for one in advance and save time when you arrive. Online Registration.

Guides[edit | edit source]

See Research Guides and Tools.

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Archives of Ontario, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, millions of books, newspapers, periodicals, and photos about genealogy and family history, biographies, censuses, citizenship, immigration to and from the USA, settlement, births, marriages, deaths, and divorces.[4]

Similar Collections

Neighboring Collections

  • Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec preserves and promotes Québec-related heritage materials, and serves as a major public library.[5]
  • Library of Congress, Washington DC, Local History and Genealogy Reading Room is part of the world's largest library including 50,000 genealogies, 100,000 local histories, and collections of manuscripts, microfilms, maps, newspapers, photographs, and published material, strong in North American, British Isles, and German sources.[6]
  • National Archives I, Washington DC, census, arrival lists from Canada and Europe, pre-WWI military service and pensions, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.[7]

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Contact Us in Archives of Ontario in Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Serives (accessed 27 March 2014).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Prepare for your visit in Archives of Ontario in Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Serives (accessed 27 March 2014).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Overview of the Collection in Archives of Ontario in Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Serives (accessed 27 March 2014).
  4. Discover the Collection at Library and Archves Canada (accessed 6 August 2013).
  5. Biblioth%C3%A8que_et_Archives_nationales_du_Qu%C3%A9bec in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia (accessed 27 March 2015).
  6. The Collections in Local History and Genealogy Reading Room in The Library of Congress (accessed 8 January 2014).
  7. Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).