Ontario Municipal Records

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Municipal Records[edit | edit source]

The Archives of Ontario has a significant collection of local government records, dating from approximately 1821 to 1971. The collection contains records from all regions of the province. However, it is not comprehensive. There are more records from southern municipalities than other areas of the province. The Archives’ collection includes some township and village records at the county level. Municipal records can include minutes and by-laws, assessment and collectors rolls, and general financial and administrative records.


A discussion of ways to use municipal records in family history research is in:

  • Walsh, Mark. Municipal Archives and Genealogy, pp. 67-75, in Debra Butler Honor, edhistory itor.  In the Footsteps of the Habitants. Toronto, Ontario: The Ontario Genealogical Society, 1986.Family History Library WorldCat

Confirming the Municipality’s Name[edit | edit source]

In searching the Archives’ municipal records, keep in mind that:

Archives of Ontario[edit | edit source]

Municipal records can be searched at the Archives of Ontario, requested in interlibrary loan for use in your local library, or you can hire a researcher from the provided list of individuals who are certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists or who are members of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Writing for Records[edit | edit source]

Records for the rest of the more than 800 municipalities in the province must be obtained from the municipal offices or regional archives holding them.

Addresses for all incorporated municipalities and some archives and government offices in Ontario are in the appropriate sections of:

Canadian Almanac and Directory. Toronto, Ontario: Canadian Almanac & Directory Publishing Company, annual. (FHL book 971 E4ca; not on microfilm.)