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Local History Websites


Dictionary of Canadian Biography
This is the online version of the multi-volume biographical reference tool with the same name. To look for Londoners, one can search by keywords, (London, Ontario), personal names or by region of birth (under browse function - North America - Canada - Ontario - Southwest).

A Driving Force - Women of the London Ontario Visual Arts
From the McIntosh Gallery, this website provides biographical information on women artists, supporters, collectors, donors, writers, critics, administrators, educators, and volunteers who have been a driving force in the London art community, ensuring its vibrancy and moving it forward.

London Chapter of the Ontario Archaeological Society
The London Chapter represents the regional interests and concerns of the archaeological community in Southwestern Ontario, by providing field activities, social events, and advocacy opportunities. This site includes information about research tools, special events and the chapter's newsletter, Kewa.

London Ontario (Wikipedia)
The entry for London includes a brief history of London, a list of mayors and other notable personalities in London's history. There are also links to the city's official website and to Stories in London's History from the London and Middlesex Historical Society.

London Region Branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario
Formed in 1966 in response to the threatened destruction of London’s original financial district on Ridout Street, the London Region Branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO), is a charitable organization dedicated to promoting, preserving and interpreting the architectural heritage of the London area.

Map and Data Centre

The Map and Data Centre currently holds over 400 fire insurance plans, 2,065 atlases and over 222,000 paper maps. The centre houses the following online versions for the city of London:

  • aerial photographs - 1922, 1942, 1945, 1946, 1950, 1955, 1960, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1970-72, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1989, 1993, 1998, 2001
  • fire insurance plans - 1881 (revised 1888), 1892 (revised 1907) and 1912 (revised 1915, 1922)
  • geodetic maps - 1926 and 1957

There are also over 900 fire insurance plans housed in the Western Archives.

Museum of Ontario Archaeology (London, Ontario)
This unique museum is devoted to the study, display and interpretation of the human occupation of Southwestern Ontario over the past 11,000 years. The Museum is located beside the Lawson Prehistoric Iroquoian Village, a site occupied by the Neutral Iroquoians in the 16th century A.D. This website includes a list of museum events, exhibits and programmes

Official Donnelly Home Page
This site contains a list of books about the Donnellys, a family tree and photo album, ghost stories, a history of the Donnellys and their stagecoach and related Donnelly links.

Our Ontario
Search across the digitized collections of photographs, videos, audio recordings and more from libraries, museums, archives and community groups in Ontario.

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.

Tourism London
Here you wll find a calendar of events and museums to visit as well as a brief history of London.