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 – the Archives of Ontario, located at York University’s Keele campus, is still open for business during York University’s strike of teaching assistants and other academic staff.

Strike picket lines are now set up at York University entrances. Getting onsite may be delayed.

Continue to check your local transit websites for the most up to date information and temporary changes in bus stops.

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]
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]