Local History & Genealogy
Visit us and discover Caledon’s long and fascinating history through books, online resources, and local history displays.
Our local history collection is located on the second floor of the Albion Bolton Branch. You can also research your family tree by accessing Ancestry Library Edition at any one of our 7 branches.
Useful Websites for Local History Research
Albion-Bolton Historical Society is dedicated to preserving, researching, and documenting Bolton’s history.
Ancestry Library Edition
Ancestry Library Edition provides access to billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more (usually in-library use only, but temporarily available from home).
Caledon East and District Historical Society holds meetings, plans events, and is involved in many community projects.
Archives of Ontario: Access to a unique and multi-faceted collection that includes records dating back to the late 16th century and contains everything from hand-written ledgers to electronic files, hand-drawn maps, architectural drawings, photographs, films and sound recordings.
Canadian Headstones: Their mission is to capture digital images and the complete transcription of headstones of our ancestors. You can browse gravestone records by a cemetery or find a grave in Canada by searching the province or territory. Additions are being made on a regular basis.
Family Search: FamilySearch offers free access to a collection of records, resources, and services including assistance at more than 4,500 family history centers in 70 countries.
Find a Grave: Find the graves of ancestors, thousands of famous people from around the world, create virtual memorials or add a note to a loved one’s grave.
Find my Past: Findmypast is a UK-based online genealogy service that has over 4 billion searchable records of census, directory and historical record information. This is a fee-based subscription website.
Genealogy and Family History (Library and Archives Canada): Tips for how to begin family history research, access to databases, sources and other research tools.
Museum of Dufferin: The Archives collects papers, records, books, photographs, oral history and other documentary sources which help the researcher to discover and interpret the history of Dufferin County and the stories of the people who lived here.
Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid: A pointer database consisting of the surnames, cemetery name and location of over 3 Million interments from several thousand cemeteries, cairns, memorials, and cenotaphs in Ontario Canada.
Ontario Chapter Association of Professional Genealogists: Members gain peer support beneficial for discussing research strategies and methodology, mutual concerns about business management and records access, and for improving skills.
Ontario Genealogy Historical Newspaper Archives: Historical newspaper files from various regions of Ontario.
Ontario Historical Society: Publishes Ontario History, a scholarly peer-reviewed journal featuring articles and book reviews related to Ontario’s history. Provides a forum for individuals, organizations and institutions to exchange ideas, research and experiences related to the rich history of the province, including built heritage, natural heritage, cemeteries, and research and scholarship.
Our Ontario: The discovery portal searches across hundreds of sites in one search. You can find audio, video, text, government documents, images and collections about Ontario, or from an Ontario organization.
Halinet (the Historical Societies of Burlington, Esquesing, and Milton and the Halton-Peel Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society): Halton County history and indexes, including indexes to land records, census records, surrogate court records, newspapers, military records and more.
Heritage Caledon provides information on the various heritage programs and initiatives available within the Town of Caledon.
PAMA’s (Peel Art Gallery Museum + Archives) Archives Research: Record types include government records, family history / genealogy, property research, organizations, personal records, photography and film.
Town of Caledon Local History: Information about Caledon’s heritage and access to the Heritage Register.