As has been my practice for the last two Ontario Ancestors Conferences, I created this blog to let researchers from “away” know about archives,libraries and museums around Hamilton, Ontario, the site of the 2020 Ontario Ancestors Conference scheduled for June 5-7. I have tried, with the help of local experts, to note those that might have records or artifacts that may be of value to a genealogist. In the event that the Ontario Ancestors Conference is cancelled, you will be able to access the archived post on the Ontario Ancestors website at a later date. I know that I am tempting you with sources that you are likely to be able to access until later in the year but as least you will be aware of them.
In my past two blogs on this topic, I included information about getting the most out of a conference. Please see these blogs for that information:
Getting the Most Out of Attendance at the 2019 Ontario Ancestors Conference at London
I included information about archives, libraries and museums for Elgin and Oxford County in this blog post.
Getting the Most Out of Attendance at the 2018 Ontario Genealogical Society Conference at Guelph
I included information about archives, libraries and museums for Wellington County in this blog post.
You also may want to check out this blog:
Getting the Most Benefit from a Research Trip to an Archive
Municipality boundaries can be an issue so the following websites may help you:
Global Genealogy has a Map of Southern Ontario Including Counties and Townships for the time period preceding amalgamation in the early 1970s.
The Changing Shape of Ontario-A Guide to Boundaries, Names and Regional Governments [Archives of Ontario website]
Brenda Dougall Merriman, CG, included maps picturing the structure of present day Ontario as early as 1783 to the pre 1970s amalgamations in her book, Genealogy in Ontario-Searching the Records. I give this book a plug when I can because I consider it the best book to read to know about what records were created in Ontario’s history and how to access them.
Do remember that there are Branches of Ontario Ancestors that can service genealogists who are searching in the area around Hamilton:
Oxford County Branch
waterloo.ogs.on.ca [virtual Branch]
Haldimand-Norfolk Branch [virtual Branch]
I have chosen to list archives, museums and libraries according to the county structure in the 1950s since those are the boundaries with which I am most familiar. I may have missed some so please send me information about them for a future blog post.
Brant County and the city of Brantford
Brant County Ontario Ancestors Library [list of resources in the library]
Canadian Military Heritage Museum [Brantford] [closed for renovations March 1, 2020, check to see if it is open before you go]
Brantford Library [Genealogical Room]
This is an excellent website with links to institutions and societies in Halton and beyond.
Milton Historical Society
This is an excellent website with links to many other locations.
Lincoln County and the city of St. Catharines
St. Catharines Public Library
Norfolk County Archives
PAMA –Peel Art Gallery, Museum, & Archives
Welland County and the City of Niagara
Niagara Falls Public Library
Wentworth County and the city of Hamilton
Hamilton Public Library
Online Materials for Wentworth County
Transcriptions of Hamilton Spectator Births, Marriages and Deaths
Old Saltfleet Records
Check the familysearch.org website for wikis for other counties as well.