The library's Genealogy Collection can help you research your own family heritage by providing access to a variety of print, microfilm and online resources including census and vital statistics records.

The Genealogy Collection is housed in the Oakville Room, Central Branch Library and is accessible during regular library hours. Identification such as an Oakville Public Library card may be required to access some reference items.

Guidebooks & Microfilm

Microfilm can be viewed on one of the library's three microfilm readers. Our microfilm readers are available on a first come/first served basis during regular library hours. Printouts are available at a cost of 15 cents per page.

Microfilm may also be requested from the Archives of Ontario via inter library loan. Please use the microfilm request form.


Archives of Ontario

The Archives of Ontario provide various online guides and tools to assist you in the use of provincial records. The website also provides access to the Archives Descriptive Database - an online guide to the archival holdings of the Archives of Ontario. Below are some of the more useful links that will help you get started:

Library and Archives Canada

The Genealogy and Family History section of the LAC site provides access to Canadian census, immigration, military and land records. In addition, they provide excellent advice on how to get started as well as how to access records located in other repositories.

Family Search

The Family Search database is a free service provided by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It provides free family history, family tree and genealogical records from around the world. Its Canadian Family History Centers are branch facilities of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Centres provide access to most of the microfilms and microfiche in the Family History Library to help researchers identify their ancestors.

Veteran Affairs Canada

Canadian military records and histories reside with Veteran Affairs Canada and the Canadian War Museum. Consult both sites for more information on how to obtain records and to view archived documents.

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Have a local history question or want to book an appointment with our Local Collections Librarian? Call 905-815-2042, ext. 5037.