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Genealogy and Local History

Genealogy Research Request

Have an Oshawa Local History or Genealogy research question? We're happy to help! Just fill out our research request form, and we'll be in touch.


Only available in the Library - no remote access. is the number one online source for family history information, including the web's largest collection of historical records.


A popular online genealogical search site that includes searchable databases, research help and family research tools.

Historical Topographic Map Digitization project

An initiative seeking to digitize and georeference early-to-mid 20th century historical topographic maps covering the province of Ontario. Provides access to high-resolution map scans that preserve historical topographic information.

Oshawa's Artistic Heritage

A collection of works by Oshawa's great artists throughout the years, with biographical information on each of them.

Oshawa Book of Remembrance

This online version of the Book of Remembrance is dedicated to preserving the memory of those from Oshawa and the surrounding area who served and gave their lives in WWI and WWII.

Oshawa Newspaper and Obituary Index

An index to the Oshawa newspapers preserved on microfilm at the McLaughlin Branch of OPL.