Ontario (Upper Canada) History On-Line Resources


The following links are a preliminary list of Ontario History books, directories etc. that are entirely free to read online, or download to your home computer to use at your leisure. There are a number of companies out there who are attempting to have individuals purchase digitalized copies of these same books (and even individual chapters from these books) that are free at on-line libraries and other sites. Don't get suckered into buying this stuff... its free!! University of Toronto Robarts Library has done quite a bit, Google has done a lot, generally better images. I believe that most of these Ontario history books are in the public domain now, ie copyright free.


Ontario History - Ontario Historical Society, Volumes 1-4 Full of early Ontario Marriages, Baptisms, Burials by Rev. John Langhorn, Rev. G. O'Kill, Stephen Conger, Rev. Robert McDowall, United Empire Loyalist Lists, Niagara Area Church Records, Family and Regional History, Exporation of the Great Lakes

Ontario History - Ontario Historical Society Volume 5 Rev. Ralph Leeming, Rev. John Miller, Rev. William Smart, Marriages, Burials, Baptisms, London/Gore District, Elizabethtown, Ancaster Parish records, Bay of Quinte, Presqu'isle

Ontario History - Ontario Historical Society Volume 6 Lennox County Lutheran Church records, Napanee, Essex County,

Ontario Historical Society Volume 7 Assumption Church Records, Waterloo County Pennsylvanians, Black Lists

Ontario History - Ontario Historical Society Volume 8 :Nottawasaga River, Kingston Anglican Church, Rev. Ralph Leeming, Rev. John Russell, Thomas Cummings Niagara Marriage, baptism, burials Stamford and Chippawa Church

Ontario history - Ontario Historical Society, Volumes 9-12 Middlesex County Pioneers, Rev. Alexander MacIntosh, St.Thomas Baptism, Marriage, Burial Records, War of 1812 Sketches, Georgian Bay Place Names, Brockville/Johnstown pioneers, Joseph Brant, Ottawa Valley bush life, Indian Customs, War of 1812-15

Ontario History - Ontario Historical Society, Volumes 13-14 Ottawa/Ottawa Valley Pioneer Life, General Brock Letters, Robert Fleming Gourlay, Moose Factory, Heraldry of Canada

Ontario History - Ontario Historical Society, Volume 15 Fort George baptisms 1821-27

The History of the County of Brant, Ontario: Containing a History of the County: Its Township ... (1883)

The story of the Counties of Ontario (1913) Emily P. Weaver

United Empire Loyalists of the County of Dundas, Ontario (1900?])

Reminiscences of the early history of Galt and the settlement of Dumfries in the province of Ontario [microform] (1880)

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Williamstown, Ontario : Report of centenary celebration, August 25th to September 2nd, 1912 (1916)

The centennial of the settlement of Upper Canada by the United Empire Loyalists, 1784-1884

Sketches illustrating the early settlement and history of Glengarry in Canada : relating principally to the revolutionary war of 1775-83, the war of 1812-14 and the rebellion of 1837-8, and the services of the King's Royal regiment of New York, the 84th or Royal Highland regiment, the Glengarry light infantry regiment, and the Glengarry militia (1893)

Shanty, forest and river life in the backwoods of Canada (1883)

The White Chief of the Ottawa (1903)

Pioneer life in Zorra (1899)

The history of the county of Welland, Ontario, its past and present [microform] : containing a condensed history of Canada; a complete history of Welland county, its townships, towns, villages, schools, churches, societies, industries, statistics, etc.; portraits of some of its prominent men; description of its various historic and interesting localities; miscellaneous matter; biographies and histories of pioneer families, etc (1887)

Notes on sites of Indian villages in the townships of North and South Orillia (Simcoe County) (1904)

Simcoe County Pioneer papers (1908)

The life and times of Joseph Gould. Struggles of the early Canadian settlers, settlement of Uxbridge, sketch of the history of the county of Ontario, the rebellion of 1837, parliamentary career, etc., etc. Reminiscences of sixty years of active political and municipal life (1887)

Hand-book of Canadian dates [microform] (1888)

Historical sketches of the County of Elgin (1895)

One hundred years with the Baptists of Amherst, N.S., 1810 to 1910. -- (1911)

Alphabet of first things in Canada

History of Toronto and county of York, Ontario, containing an outline of the history of the Dominion of Canada, a history of the city of Toronto and the county of York, with the townships, towns, villages, churches, schools, general and local statistics, biographical sketches, etc., etc Volume 2 (1885)

Commemorative biographical record of the county of York, Ontario : containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens and many of the early settled families. -- (1907)

The man from Glengarry; a tale of the Ottawa (1901)

Boyd's combined business directory for 1875-6 [microform] : containing an alphabetical list of all the merchants, manufacturers, tradesmen, &c. of Montreal, Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa, London & Kingston arranged under their proper headings, also, a complete appendix of the government historical sketch of each city, &c (1875)

In the days of the Canada Company : the story of the settlement of the Huron Tract and a view of the social life of the period, 1825-1850 (1896)

A biographical history of Waterloo township and other townships of the county

Past years in Pickering : sketches of the history of the community (1911)

History of the settlement of Upper Canada, (Ontario) [microform] : with special reference to the Bay Quinté (1869)

The story of Dundas, being a history of the county of Dundas from 1784 to 1904 (1905)

The Canadian almanac and repository of useful knowledge for the year 1864, being leap year [microform] : containing full and authentic commercial, statistical, astronomical, departmental, ecclesiastical, educational, financial, and general information (1863)

History of the county of Lennox and Addington (1913)

The Society Blue Book of Toronto, Hamilton and London. A Social Directory 1910 (1910)

Ottawa, past and present, or, A brief account of the first opening up of the Ottawa country, and incidents in connection with the rise and progress of Ottawa city, and parts adjacent thereto [microform] (1871)

Illustrated historical atlas of the counties of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington, Ontario [microform] (1878)

The hub and the spokes ; or, The Capital and its environs (1904)

Land settlement in Upper Canada, 1783-1840, by George C. Paterson [i.e. Gilbert C. Paterson (1921)

History of the County of Perth : from 1825 to 1902 (1903)

History of the County of Middlesex, Canada : from the earliest time to the present, containing an authentic account of many important matters relating to the settlement, progress and general history of the county, and including a department devoted to the preservation of personal and private records, etc. ; illustrated (1889)

Souvenir of Berlin, Ontario [microform] : photo-gravures (1899)

Geographical handbook of the county of Grey [microform] (1895)

Lovell's Canadian Dominion directory for 1871 [microform] : containing names of professional and business men, and other inhabitants, of the cities, towns and villages, throughout the provinces of Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, and Prince Edward Island,...corrected to January, 1871 (1871)

Reminiscences of north Sydenham : a retrospective sketch of the villages of Leith and Annan, Grey County, Ontario (1924)

A history of Simcoe County (1909)

The pioneers of old Ontario (1923)

The loyalists of America and their times : from 1620 to 1816 (1880)

History of Leeds and Grenville Ontario, : from 1749 to 1879, with illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers (1879)

Report of the Ottawa and Hull Fire Relief Fund. " Library of Parliament, Ottawa, January 9, 1901

The township of Scarboro 1796-1896 (1896)

The history of the county of Bruce and of the minor municipalities therein, Province of Ontario, Canada (1906)

The Ottawa City Directory 1909 (1909)

The Ottawa City Directory 1912 (1912)

Ottawa city directory 1923

History of the Ottawa valley (1896)

Recollections and records of Toronto of old : with references to Brantford, Kingston and other Canadian towns (1914)

Commemorative biographical record of the county of Lambton, Ontario... : containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens and many of the early settled families. -- (1906)


Upper Canada (Ontario) Newspaper Notices Database Created December, 2011


Ontario (Upper Canada) History and Pioneer Family Research Created April 1, 2011

Queen's Own Rifles - Old Photos of Members Created April 8, 2011

Upper Canada District Maps (Circa 1800) Created April 26, 2011

Upper Canada (Ontario) History Books On-Line Index

Ontario County Directories Victoria, Haliburton, Hastings, Peterborough, Durham, Northumberland, Muskoka, and Old Ontario County


  Central Upper Canada (Ontario) Marriage Database 22650 Marriage Records Indexed 

  Central Upper Canada Baptism Database 25000 Anglican, Methodist, Roman Catholic and Church of Scotland Marriages indexed

Upper Canada (Central Ontario) Burial Database 4500 Anglican, Roman Catholic, Methodist and Church of Scotland Burials indexed


  Eastern Upper Canada Marriage Database 1200 Anglican, Roman Catholic and Church of Scotland Marriages indexed

  Eastern Upper Canada Baptism Database 3000 Anglican, Roman Catholic and Church of Scotland Baptisms indexed

  Eastern Upper Canada Burial Database


Upper Canada Land Petitions 51000 Records Indexed

  Upper Canada Land Leases and Miscellaneous Petitions 10000 Records Indexed 

Upper Canada (Ontario) Sundries Database 


  Upper Canada (Ontario) Toronto Insane Asylum Database

  Upper Canada (Ontario) Kingston Insane Asylum Database

  Upper Canada (Ontario) London Insane Asylum Database 

  Upper Canada (Ontario) Malden Insane Asylum Database

  Upper Canada (Ontario) Hamilton Insane Asylum Database **Coming Soon - January 2012**


  Ontario Genealogy Historical Newspaper Collection  Historical Newspaper Files from various regions of Ontario 

NEWSPAPER Genealogical and Historical Records - Thousands of entries


  Ontario (Upper Canada) Map Collection  Great site for locating your ancestors in Ontario

Ontario Genealogy Postcard Site - Great old-time landscape views


  Upper Canada and Ontario CRIMINAL Database 


Ontario Genealogy Database Index Site 400 000 Genealogy Records Indexed


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