At the Library
First, determine the location in which to search (local? other county? outside of Ontario?) and approximately the time period. Based on this, we can help you decide what kind of records are available and which might be most useful for you to begin with.
If unsure, start with the known, eg. grandfather’s name and approximate birth or death date and where he lived, then search a record that would take you one generation further back. For example, his birth registration or baptismal record would tell the names of both his parents.
Ancestry Library – a very useful database that is one of the most important genealogical collections available today. It has unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada and other areas. It is an excellent tool to use to find names and dates and locations to get the search started. Tip: click on Search and choose the geographic area, eg. Ontario, so there is a manageable number of databases.
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Where to Look for Local Information
Where to Look for Ontario-wide Information
Where to Look for Canada-wide Information
Where to Look for Worldwide Information
Archives of Ontario
This Genealogical Research section includes Family History Centers in Ontario, Getting Started in Genealogical Research, Major Genealogical Holdings at the Archives, Microfilm Loan Service, Preparing for Your Visit to the Archives, Reference List of Researchers, and more.
Canadian County Atlas Digital Project
This resource allows you to view historical atlases of various counties in Ontario. Searchable by name, county, township, town, birthplace or occupation.
Canadian Genealogy Centre (Library and Archives Canada)
The Canadian Genealogy Centre is an Internet resource that provides access to numerous genealogical websites across Canada. It acts as both directory and database in order to help you search for the genealogical information you need, be it cemetery records, parish records, historical newspapers or archival fonds. Under Databases, ArchiviaNet is an online research tool developed by Library and Archives Canada. It includes the 1871 Census of Ontario and the 1901 and 1911 Census of Canada; information on home children, immigration records and post offices; and an index to soldiers of the First World War, in many cases containing the scanned documents of enlistment.
One of the largest collections of genealogy links anywhere on the Web, Cyndi's List is a searchable, cross-referenced index of more than 180 categories. It provides an easy-to-access reference guide to the most useful genealogy websites
FamilySearch.Org (Church of the Latter Day Saints - Mormons)
The largest collection of free family history, family tree and genealogy records in the world; includes a list of the Family History Centers.
Get started with the surname finder or read messages posted on their message board
Ontario Genealogical Society
Contains information about OGS-sponsored events and publications, contact information for useful research aids, links to other genealogical sites, list of its 31 branches and a "How to Start Your Family History" section.
Our Roots/Nos Racines
Our Roots is a library, archive, museum and school all in one. Check the collection to find Canadian local histories in French and English. Check Educational Resources for learning packages for students and teachers.
Bills itself as the Internet's oldest and largest genealogy site, offering a variety of services to the genealogical community. The searchable Rootsweb Surname List has surnames, dates and locations with contact e-mail addresses for contributors. Also includes Canada Genweb, designed to assist researchers in locating Canadian genealogical information on the Internet