Family History

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Please note the Archives of Ontario will be closed at the following times: [More]
- Closing at 5:00 pm on June 30 (No Extended Hours)
- July 1 for the Canada Day

Ontario Regional Centres Records
A settlement agreement reached in a class action lawsuit brought against Ontario by former residents of Huronia Regional Centre was approved in Superior Court on December 3, 2013. [More]

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It’s Doors Open Toronto 2015 on Saturday, May 23rd! In honour of the upcoming Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, this year the Archives of Ontario is celebrating Sport, Recreation and Leisure. All our doors will be open to the public… even the doors to our state-of-the-art vaults and preservation lab! [More]
New Speakers Series On WWI
The world’s first-ever global conflict erupted 100 years ago. To commemorate the centenary of WWI, the Archives is hosting a series of engaging talks designed to connect Ontario residents with archival records related to the war.[More]
Detail of a painting by Gerard de Witt
The Archives of Ontario’s newest release of historical Vital Statistics records is now available on microfilm in our reading room and through Microfilm Interloan Service. The newest release covers registrations for Ontario births from 1917, marriages from 1932 and deaths from 1942, as well as all indexes. [More]
Trips across Europe.  Expensive cars.  Royal company. You might think these luxuries were exclusive to Ontario’s early-twentieth-century upper class.  Our new Reading Room exhibit, exploring the life and times of Herbert Coleman McEachern, chauffeur to Lady Flora McCrea Eaton, shows a different story. [More]
On October 3, 1914, the first contingent of the Canadian Expeditionary Force set sail for England. Exactly one century later, on October 3, 2014, Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell opened the Archives of Ontario’s newest onsite exhibit. [More]
The Archives of Ontario is commemorating Remembrance Day by showcasing the contributions made by the T. Eaton Company and its employees to the war effort during World War I in a new online exhibit. [More]