Local History/Genealogy

The East Gwillimbury Public Library has a collection of materials on the history of East Gwillimbury and the surrounding areas, including Sharon, Queensville, Mount Albert and Holt. The main strength of the collection is the history of the Sharon Temple and the Children of Peace. This includes both monographs and periodical literature. The main local history collection is located in the Holland Landing branch.If you are interested in learning more about your family in Holland Landing, Mount Albert, Sharon, Queensville, or the surrounding rural areas, try browsing books, maps, photographs and manuals, as well as online resources. 

 

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The East Gwillimbury Public Library has a collection of materials on the history of East Gwillimbury and the surrounding areas, including Sharon, Queensville, Mount Albert and Holt. The main strength of the collection is the history of the Sharon Temple and the Children of Peace. This includes both monographs and periodical literature. The main Local History collection is located in the Holland Landing Branch.
   
 

Local History Resources at the Library

 Back issues of The Communicator newspaper (1980-92) and The Anchor  newspaper (1993-Feb.1997)      HL Cemetery transcripts of most area cemeteries.    HL/MA History of Holt in two binders, including family photographs.  HL/MA  Town of East Gwillimbury Municipal Council Minutes from 1909-1999 on microfilm          HLTweedsmuir History of Mount Albert in its original form, donated by the Women’s Institute       HL/MA200 Years Yonge. Ralph Magel.  
971.354 MAG 1999                   HLAlbum of Oldies. Gilham, Elizabeth McClure.
971.354 GIL 1978       HL/MAAt Home in Newmarket.  Newmarket Historical Committee. 
LH971.354 ATH          HL/MAChildren of Peace. McIntyre, John William.
289.9 MCINT               HL/MA                                                    East Gwillimbury in the Nineteenth Century. Rolling, Gladys.
This has been reprinted by the Sharon Temple. Copies are available at both library branches and the Temple.
971.3547 ROL        HL/MA                                          
Holland Landing in the Post War Years: 1940s & 1950’s.  Watts, Grace and Bill.         
LH971.3457 WAT      HL
Newmarket: The Heart of York Region. Carter, Robert Terence.   
LH971.3547 CAR      HL/MA
The Settlement of York County. Mitchell, John. 
LH971.3547 MIT       HLTown of East Gwillimbury: Properties of Heritage Significance: Core Inventory. Heritage East Gwillimbury: Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee (LACAC). 1990 
LH720.9713547 HER         HL/MA
The Yonge Street Story. Berchem, F.R.   971.3541  BER 1977 & 1996        HL/MA                                       Please ask at the Reference Desk if you require help in finding information. 

East Gwillimbury Historical Society

The East Gwillimbury Historical Society holds its regular monthly meeting at Temperance Hall, in the Sharon Temple, at 7:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month from September through June. It is a non-profit organization run by volunteers and is incorporated through affiliation with the Ontario Historical Society.                                                                                                               For more information contact:  Mary Myers, President (905) 727-5139 

Local Historical Attractions

The Sharon Temple is a National Historic Site and Museum, including restored buildings and pioneer artifacts relating to the Children of Peace and their contributions to Canadian history. Contact Megan Houston at 905-478-2389 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information about their research library and genealogical information. Find out more in Rebuilding Hope: the Sharon Temple after 175 Years, 971.3547 REB at both library branches.Walk through the Villages of Sharon and Queensville to view many other buildings of historical importance. 

Other Genealogical Resources at your Libraryary ™our Library ™@ Your Library ™

If you are interested in learning more about your family in Holland Landing, Mount Albert, Sharon, Queensville, or the surrounding rural areas, try browsing books, maps, photographs and manuals in the following subject areas:Genealogy 929’s   (This includes subjects such as): Bibliographies (annotated) Clans Computer resources Directories Electronic resources Family trees Handbooks and manualsHeraldry Local heritage Loyalists Ontario families Research Surnames Tracing family roots 

 

 Examples of Genealogical Resources 

The Everything Online Genealogy Book. Richley, Pat.  (929.10285  RIC)                 MA Family Tree Maker for Dummies.  Helm, Matthew.  (929.102855369  HEL)    MA The Genealogist’s Internet.  Christian, Peter.  (929.102854678 CHR)   HL/MA Genealogy Basics Online: a step by step introduction to finding your ancestors through the internet.  Finn, Cherri Melton. (electronic book)                                Genealogy online: researching your roots. Crowe, Elizabeth Powell.  929.1072 CRO       HL/MA Genealogy online for dummies.Helm, Matthew. 929.10285 HEL         HL                                            

    Ancestry® Library Edition is one of the most important genealogical collections available today. It has unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada and other areas. Access is available for in library use only at http://www.egpl.ca/research-a-online-resources/online-databases.
 

Useful Websites

Archeion: Ontario's Archival Information
www.archeion.caArchives of Ontario

www.archives.gov.on.caCanadian County Atlas Project
http://digital.library.mcgill.ca/countyatlas/City of Toronto Archives
www.city.toronto.on.ca/archivesCyndi’s List of Genealogical Sites on the Internet
www.cyndislist.comHome of Jewish Genealogy
www.jewishgen.orgLatter Day Saints Family Research
www.familysearch.orgLibrary and Archives Canada, Genealogy and Family History
http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/genealogy/News Our Ontario - More than 200 years of community newspapers: News articles;births, marriages and deaths (BMDs), clippings.
Full page/issue access. Primary resources from libraries, historical societies, archives, museums, and private collections.
http://news.ourontario.ca/Ontario Genealogy Society
www.ogs.on.caOntario GovDocs portal
150 years' worth of published documents from the Ontario Legislative Library.
Searchable PDFs allow for full text results.
govdocs.ourontario.ca/
 Ontario's Historical Plaques
http://ontarioplaques.com

OurOntario.ca portal - Local history content from and about Ontario. Includes more than 1.8 million records with ~4 million pages and parts from 200+ contributors.
Includes: Oral histories, photographs, documents, 3D objects, newspaper content.
http://ourontario.ca/