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Local History and Genealogy
Genealogy Resources
Resources pertaining to Richmond Hill and York County are emphasized in the genealogy collection, which houses church records, census returns, land records, cemetery records, and more.
Of particular local interest is the Helen Schwab Collection, which provides background information and data on families who settled in the regions of York, Durham, and Peel.
International genealogical data is available from the FamilySearch databases of the Mormon Church.
For the beginner, there is a good collection of "How-To" books.
Family Histories/Vital Statistics
  • Helen Schwab Collection
  • FamilySearch databases
  • Vital Statistics for Ontario: births, 1869-1908; marriages, 1869-1923, deaths, 1869-1923 (microfilm)
  • Indexes to holdings of birth, marriage, and death records from the Registrar General of Ontario (microfilm)
  • District marriage registers of Upper Canada/Canada West, 1786-1858
  • County marriage registers of Ontario, 1858-1869
  • Surrogate Court Records Index for Ontario, 1859-1900
  • Local Family Histories & Genealogies section of the pamphlet file
  • “Families” scrapbooks
Cemetery Records
Census Returns (on microfilm)
  • York County 1851, 1861, 1871,1881, 1891, 1901 (microfilm)
  • 1871 Ontario Census Indexes
  • 1790 Census of the United States
Church Records
  • Parish registers of St. Mary's, Richmond Hill and St. John's, Oak Ridges (microfilm)
  • Marriage register of Rev. William Jenkins, Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church, c.1820s - c.1840s
  • Baptismal and marriage registers of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Maple
  • Baptismal records of Wesleyan Methodist Church, c.1840 - c.1873 (microfilm)
  • Directories
  • Richmond Hill telephone books, 1964 - present.
  • Might's Directories, Metro Toronto satellite cities, 1968 - 1978 and 1990 - 1993
  • Various historical directories and commercial registers (microfilm)
Land Records
  • Historical atlases of Ontario counties, c.1878
  • Ontario Archives Land Record Index (microfiche)
  • Abstract indexes to deeds for York County for crown grants c.1796-1896 (microfilm)
  • Deeds for Markham Township, Richmond Hill, and Vaughan Township, 1847-1880 (microfilm)
Newspapers
Except for the current six months of the The Liberal, all newspaper holdings are available on microfilm only. A complete run of The Liberal from 1878 to the present is available, as well as other early newspapers.
Passenger Lists
Indexes to published passengers lists, including Passenger and Immigration Lists Index covering the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.
Periodicals
  • Families (OGS) 1969 - present
  • Newsleaf (OGS) 1971 - present
  • Heraldry in Canada 1971 - present
  • Loyalist Gazette 1972 - present
  • Huguenot Trails 1973 - present
United Empire Loyalists
  • Histories of Loyalists in Canada and the United States
  • Loyalist Lineages of Canada, 1783 - 1983
  • Loyalist Settlements, 1783-1789 (microfiche)
  • Loyalist Gazette, 1972 - present
Municipal Records
  • Council By-laws for Richmond Hill, 1873-1931
  • Council Minutes for Richmond Hill, 1873-1974
  • Declarations of Office for Richmond Hill, 1931-1951
  • Property Transfers for Richmond Hill, 1942-1963
  • Voters' lists for Richmond Hill, 1893, 1935, 1955, 1959 - present
  • Voters' lists for Whitchurch, 1964

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