Family History

Follow this link to learn how to trace your family history using the records held by the Archives of Ontario


The Archives of Ontario brings education to life with resources and online lesson plans

What We Have

Explore the Archives' collections using our research guides and various Databases

At Centre Stage...

Please note that the Archives of Ontario will be
  • Closing early on Thursday, April 2, Holy Thursday at 5:00 PM
  • Closed on Friday, April 3, Good Friday, and Monday, April 6, Easter Monday. [More]

The Archives of Ontario is dedicated to making its resources and services as widely accessible as possible. While we have not increased reproduction fees since 2002, in order to continue offering high-quality services we are now required to increase fees to reflect actual costs. To ease transition, the new fees will be phased in. The first increase took effect September 1, 2014. Please note that subsequent increases will take place annually over the next two years.

For a full list of our new 2014 fees, please see our Guide 105 - Reproduction Services and Fees.

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]

Join us for Archives Awareness Week 2015!  From April 7th to 11th, we will be celebrating archives’ unique potential to inspire and excite people, bring communities together, and tell memorable stories about the past.  [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]
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]
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]