Genealogy at RHPL

Let Us Help You Discover Your Past

The extensive collections of the Richmond Hill Public Library are a great way to start or continue your family journey. While we hold a large quantity of unique local family history and genealogy resources and information, the Library can also help you regardless of where you or your ancestors are from.

Unique Local Resources

Resources pertaining to Richmond Hill and York County are emphasized in our genealogy collections, which include:

  • church records
  • census returns
  • land records
  • cemetery records
  • voter rolls
  • high school yearbooks
  • 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. The collection was developed locally and much of the information has not been published elsewhere.

Family Histories and Files

In addition to the Helen Schwab collection, we have a large collection of published family histories and vertical files which may contain correspondence, newspaper clippings, biographical information and materials located or donated by other researchers.

Local Digital Collections

The Richmond Hill Public Library continues to develop and expand our digital local history and genealogy collections to facilitate and support the research needs of local historians, genealogists and history buffs. To learn about and access these collections, visit our Digital Resources page.

Commercial Digital Collections

Your library card is also a gateway to other valuable digital history collections freely available to you. To learn about and access these collections, visit our Digital Resources page.

Free Online Resources

The Internet offers a wealth of genealogy-related information and resources and here are just a few free online resources:

  • Library and Archives Canada
  • Archives of Ontario
  • FamilySearch – International genealogical data is available from the FamilySearch databases of the Mormon Church.
  • Our Ontario – Our Ontario is a portal to local history resources contributed by libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, community groups, and government ministries throughout Ontario. Highlights include historic local newspapers, photographs, maps, oral histories, videos and more...