Family History

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Please note that the Archives of Ontario will be closed on Tuesday, November 11 for Remembrance Day.

The Archives of Ontario is dedicated to making its resources and services as widely accessible as possible. That is why we have resisted increasing fees for our reproduction and certification services. Indeed, although actual costs have risen considerably, we have not increased fees since 2002 – 12 years ago.

To be able to continue offering these high-quality services and to better reflect their real cost, we must raise fees by a modest amount. To ease transition, the new fees will be phased in. The first increase will take effect September 1, 2014. A guide will be available shortly outlining the new fee schedule.

Please rest assured that we are committed to keeping fees as low as possible. We thank you for your understanding.

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]

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]
We lend travelling exhibits to institutions throughout Ontario – free of charge. Our newest exhibit, Dear Sadie – Love, Lives, and Remembrance from Ontario’s First World War, recounts the stories of four Ontarians through their correspondence.[More]
Good news for genealogists! You can now access more than 4,100 recently digitized patent plans on the Archives of Ontario’s Visual Database. [More]