Virtual Libraries

Early Canadiana Online

This virtual library holds the most complete set of full-text historical content about Canada, including books, magazines and government documents.  Early Canadiana Online is used by scholars to advance our knowledge of Canada in a wide variety of fields, by educators to bring primary sources into the classroom, and by genealogists and history buffs to discover Canada’s early days.

Canadiana Discovery Portal

Cataloging information for 60 million documents held in Canada’s libraries, museums and archives, compiled into one resource for convenient searching.

In Search of Your Canadian Past: The Canadian County Atlas Digital Project

The Ontario county atlases for Essex, Huron, Kent, Lambton, Lincoln, Middlesex, Norfolk, Ontario, Oxford, Peel, Perth, Waterloo, Welland, Wellington, Victoria are online in digitized form.

My Heritage

A free and very powerful search engine that currently searches 1,103 databases Including RootsWeb and Genuki but not LDS. It allows building and storing online of family trees.

Virtual Museum of New France

Get swept away by the French North American adventure! Discover what drew the French to North America and follow missionaries, cartographers, soldiers, coureurs des bois and Aboriginal allies as they explore and expand New France. Join Canada’s first European inhabitants in their daily activities and learn about their culture and civilization.  This site has six databases of virtual content. A dictionary and a map of France are free to view. The other databases, Matrimonial records, up to 1825, pulled from the vital records of Quebec’s Old Regime and the Parchemin’s notarial databank and baptism records pulled from the “Fichier Origine,” documents, illustrations, and chronologies, are free to search, but there is a charge to view the records.

Ontario History Quest

The Ontario History Quest (OHQ) is an award-winning website dedicated to student learning and the discovery of Ontario’s history — its people, their dreams, struggles and achievements. The OHQ is for students in grades 7, 8, 10 and 12 studying history from the 1780s to 1970s.

Whitby Public Library

Whitby Public Library: Includes an online catalogue, listing much of the Durham Region Branch library collection in addition to its own genealogical books and microfilms.