Ontario Biography

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Online Records[edit | edit source]

Collections of Biographical Sketches[edit | edit source]

  • Fraser, Alexander. A History of Ontario: Its Resources and Development. Two Volumes. Toronto, Ontario: Canada History Company, 1907 Family History Library. WorldCat. Biographical sketches are in the end of Volume 1 and all of Volume 2.
  • Middleton, Jesse Edgar. The Province of Ontario: A History, 1615-1927. Five Volumes. Toronto, Ontario: Dominion Publishing Company, 1927-1928. Family History Library. WorldCat. Volumes 3-5 are biographical.

See Canada Biography for national biographical dictionaries listing Ontarians.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Town, county, and local histories often partially consist of biographies of residents. Search the FamilySearch Catalog by county and town.

FamilySearch[edit | edit source]

1. Click on FamilySearch Catalog.
2. In the Place search, type in "Canada, Ontario [county name]". Click "Search".
3. Click on the link "Places within Canada, Ontario". This will give you a list of counties. Clicking on a county will also bring up a list to towns. Select the county and/or the town where your ancestors lived. 3. Scroll down to the topic "Biography", if available. Click on the title, which is a link.
4. A list of books, microfilms, and or digitized copies of those will come up. Click on the link.
5. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the listing for the record. FHL icons.png. The magnifying glass indicates that the record is indexed. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the records.
6. Some records might have viewing restrictions, and can only be viewed at a Family History Center near you, and/or by members of supporting organizations.

Digitized Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Many histories are no longer under copyright and can be found in the following online, digitized book collections. Search with keywords "History" and "the name of your locality" (state, county, or town).