Here are just some of the many research resources available to our members.

Indexes to books of genealogical and historical interest in Ontario

These books were originally published without an index. Clicking on the link will give you full information about the book, a nominal index, plus an index of places and events.

York County Maps & Facts

These are facts and maps of York County, along with links to the regions municipality websites, and neighboring OGS branches.

List of Places: Early York County

A list of historical places within York County

Listing of Regional Libraries, Archives, Museums

A list of links for many of the regions libraries, archives, and museums.

Orange Lodge Records In The Attic

The Orange Lodge documents transcribed here were literally found in the attic of the Loyal True Blue and Orange Home on Yonge Street in Richmond Hill, Ontario. The documents which have been transcribed and indexed are Transfer Certificates, Propositions for Membership and other records that contain information of interest to genealogists. There are about 2,700 names in the transcription and the date of the documents from the 1850’s to 1970.

York Region Pioneer Settlers

The names of the many early pioneer settlers of York Region are scattered throughout various published local histories, biographies and articles. We have attempted to gather the names of all York Region Pioneer Settlers into this one comprehensive list, with enough information to establish when they came to the area, and where they settled.

War of 1812 Index

Library and Archives Canada has now placed the digitized records of the War of 1812 online. You can access these records at the Library and Archives Canada. Under “Browse by Type”, click on Digitized Microforms. At the bottom of the list of Digitized Microforms, you will find the link to War of 1812: Upper Canada Returns, Nominal Rolls and Paylists, RG 9 1B7 (Archived). Click on this link and you will find the 14 volumes available for research. York Region was covered by the 1st Regiment of York, which consisted of 11 companies. An index to the records pertaining to York Region is provided. A more detailed explanation of the records was published in the August 2014 issue of York Region Ancestors.


Research requests can be sent to yorkresearch@ogs.on.ca.

There is a small fee for research. Send an email with as much information as you can and our researcher will contact you with an estimated cost.