Local History & Genealogy

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). 4 of our branches have microfilm readers and a collection of local newspapers on microfilm. Patrons in a Middlesex County Library branch can also access Ancestry.ca's Library Edition free of charge from any library computer or their device connected to our wifi network.


microfilm collections

Currently, 4 Middlesex County Libraries have digital microfilm readers and collections of local materials on microfilm. Please note that a time limit may be enforced by staff in order to ensure all researchers have access to needed materials and equipment.

Strathroy Library

Microfilmed newspapers in the Strathroy collection include (some years may be incomplete): "Strathroy Age" (1870-2016), "Glencoe Transcript” (now the “The Gazette Transcript & Free Press") (1873-2017), "Dorchester Signpost" (1959-2015), "Lambeth News-Star" (1963-1990), "South Middlesex News" (1963-1965), "Mount Brydges and South Middlesex - The News" (1975-1977), "Lucan Towne Crier" (1983-1988), "Parkhill Gazette" (now the “The Gazette Transcript & Free Press") (1873-2017), "Nissouri Nudger" (1910-1914), "North Middlesex Review" (1867-1869), "St. Mary's Weekly Argus" (1867), "St. Mary and North Middlesex Argus & Review" (1870), "St. Mary's and North Middlesex Argus & Review" (1870-1873), "St. Mary's Argus and County of Perth" (1873-1874), The North Middlesex Village News (1995-1996).

Other microfilmed materials in the Strathroy Collection include: Census records, Tweedsmuir histories, Ontario Vital Statistics (index to Ontario births, marriages and deaths), and Ontario Land Record index.

Dorchester Library

The Dorchester microfilm collection includes (some years many be incomplete): "The (Dorchester) Signpost” (1959-2015), “Nissouri Nudger” (1910-1914).

Lucan Library

The Lucan microfilm collection includes (some years many be incomplete): “Ailsa Craig Banner -- Ailsa Craig Times -- Lucan Enterprise -- Lucan Record -- Lucan Sun -- Lucan Shamrock” (1895-1965), The North Middlesex Village News (1995-1996), Donnelly Collection: Legal Papers; Miscellaneous Legal Papers; Accounts & Receipts, etc.

Parkhill Library

The Parkhill microfilm collection includes (some years many be incomplete): "Parkhill Gazette" (now the “The Gazette Transcript & Free Press") (1873-2017), "North Middlesex Review" (1867-1869), "St. Mary's Weekly Argus" (1867), "St. Mary and North Middlesex Argus & Review" (1870), "St. Mary's and North Middlesex Argus & Review" (1870-1873), "St. Mary's Argus and County of Perth" (1873-1874), The North Middlesex Village News (1995-1996).


ancestry library edition

Discover your unique personal history! Your ancestors left clues along the way. Now, you can trace them online. Billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more are at your fingertips!

Ancestry Library Edition may be accessed at no cost at any computer WITHIN the library, including those connected via WiFi.

Go to Ancestry Library Edition to search when inside the library.


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 the contents of the OGS Family Histories Collection.

 


visiting researchers and requests

If you are planning to visit the area, it is advised to contact any libraries you plan to visit in advance to clarify available sources in your area of interest and to confirm library hours.

Both local and out of town researchers may also submit a request for assistance. Please be detailed about your specific research question and include helpful dates and names. Submit your request to: 

Chris Harrington, Reference Librarian 
charrington@middlesex.ca 
Ph: 519-245-1290


helpful resources

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Historical Societies

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