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Directories[edit | edit source]

Directories of heads of households can help in locating individuals in a certain place, especially when their names do not appear in the censuses. Many city and county directories from the 1840s to the present are available.

Online Directories[edit | edit source]

Archives of Ontario[edit | edit source]

The Archives holds a number of city and county directories on self-service microfilm. To search for these directories, click here to access our online library catalogue, BiBLION.

  • Search the name of the county or city to find the appropriate reel number.
  • For Toronto and London city directories, check Library finding aids L 15 Toronto City Directories on Microfilm and L 19 London, Ontario City Directories on Microfilm in BiBLION. The Toronto city directories are also available through microfilm interloan.
  • The Archives also has copies of microfilmed Bell telephone books for Ontario for 1879-1979. There is a microfilm listing on the General Reference bookshelves of the Reading Room. The microfilm may also be available through other libraries.