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The Archives of Ontario has assembled a number of research tools, databases, links and catalogues of information that can help you conduct much of your research from home. Descriptions and links can be found below.

For a very general overview of our collections, click here.

For information on obtaining copies from a distance, click here.

For information of particular interest to university students and professors, click here.


We have numerous databases and digital records that can be accessed online. To learn more about those records and search our databases visit our Accessing Our Collections page.
Follow this link to various guides and tools designed to assist you in your research or to provide information about the Archives' policies and services.
The Microfilm Interloan Service allows you to borrow microfilmed archival records through a library or another institution belonging to the interlibrary loan network.
There are many archival and genealogical resources available online. Our links page has connections to a number Canadian resources that you might find useful.

To conduct your research without coming to our Reading Room please consider the following:

  • Send an enquiry by e-mail, mail, fax or telephone. Due to limited resources, we cannot conduct detailed research for you. However, we can tell you whether we hold records that are relevant to your enquiry or advise you of possible alternative sources.

  • Hire an independent researcher. If you require more detailed research assistance, you may wish to hire an independent researcher. Please see our Customer Service Guide 111: Genealogical Researchers in Ontario [Word, PDF] and our Customer Service Guide 112: Freelance Researchers List [Word, PDF].