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Local History Resources

Researchers, especially from outside of the Middlesex County area, are strongly encouraged to contact the library in advance of their visit.

Your local library is a fantastic place to start your family history research. Each Middlesex County Library has a collection of local histories of the area, family histories, cemetery indexes for the area and copies of W.A. & C.L. Goodspeed's History of the County of Middlesex (1889) and Illustrated Historical Atlas of the County of Middlesex (1878).  Visitors to any Middlesex County Library branch can access Ancestry Library Edition free of charge from any library computer or their device connected to our wi-fi network.

5 of our branches have microfilm readers and a collection of local newspapers on microfilm. Learn more about what is available on microfilm.

Wright Family Research Room

Located at the Strathroy Library, the Wright Family Research Room opened in 2017. The room was a joint project between Museum Strathroy- Caradoc, the Friends of the Strathroy Library and Middlesex County Library, and was made possible by bequests from the estates of J.G. Clark Wright and Mary J. Wright.  The Wright family has had a long history in Strathroy, with all five siblings (Don, Bill, Clark, Ernest and Mary) attached to several significant community projects, creating a legacy of philanthropy. 

The Wright Family Research Room houses the Strathroy Library's Local History collection, including their microfilm collection and cemetery indexes. Enclosed by windows, it is a quiet space within the bustling Strathroy Branch, allowing for quiet study and focused research.  

OGS Family Histories Material

At the end of 2016, the Ontario Genealogical Society London & Middlesex Branch Library, formerly located at 1017 Western Rd, London, ON (Grosvenor Lodge), closed.  The OGS Family Histories Collection was then transferred to Middlesex County Library.

The Family Histories Collection can be used in-library at the Wright Family Research Room inside the Strathroy Library. View a list of the resources housed in the OGS Family Histories Collection.