York Research Resources is a compilation of online references,
books, articles, and useful addresses to assist with research in York Region. Books can be
located using your favourite online library catalogue search, borrowed through
interlibrary loan, or purchased directly from the publishers.
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- Toronto Public Library Digital Collections
The Toronto Public Library Digital Collections website brings together a variety of primary and secondary source materials from the Library’s collections. The site now consists of a suite of databases of digitized images and several text only databases are also provided. These
searchable databases include: York & Toronto City Directories (1833-1881), York Minutes 1797-1823, Atlas Books, Local History Books, Maps, Pictures, Postcards and Souvenir Pictures.
The Atlas of Canada
In 2006 The Atlas of Canada is celebrating 100 years of mapping Canada’s geography and history. The Atlas belongs to all Canadians and reflects the incredible social, environmental and economic diversity of our country. As Canada’s premiere online mapping resource, the Atlas offers a wealth of resources for everyone.
York County, Present Day Regional Municipality of York, and Communities in York Region
Maps, historic facts and a list of communities
arranged by township.
- The Canadian County Atlas Digital Project
Digitized maps and a searchable database of the property owners names which
appear on the township maps in the historical atlases published between 1874-1881.
- York County Maps
Links to various maps for York County.
- Town of Georgina Map
Detailed map of the Town of Georgina.
of Vaughan Map
This map has been developed using Macromedia Flash technology. This allows the user to
zoom in a particular area up to 600% of the original size while also allowing the user to
pan North, South, East and West.
- Index to
Whitchurch Township and Stouffville Village Residents 1837-1901, and 1901 Census Index
compiled by Ruth Burkholder (Stouffville, Ontario:
RMB Services). This is a Head of Household and Strays index to the residents of Whitchurch
township and Stouffville village in York County, Ontario. It includes, in separate
indexes, Walton's 1837 Directory; Brown's 1846-7 Directory; Rowsell's 1850-1 Directory;
and the federal census for 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901. The index gives the surname,
first name, and age of the person, and the section and page where they are listed in the
- York, Upper Canada, Minutes of
Town Meetings and Lists of Inhabitants, 1797-1823
edited by Christine Mosser (Toronto: Metropolitan Toronto Library Board, 1984).
- Upper Canada (Ontario)
Districts In 1836
Map of district names and boundaries in 1836.
- Toronto & Home
District Directory, 1837
An online transcription of the original directory on the York County GenWeb.
- Toronto & Home Districts 1837
A companion volume to The City of Toronto and the Home District Commercial
Directory...for 1837. Lists living descendants, with addresses, for more than 500
individuals listed in the original 1837 directory.
- Canada West (Ontario)
Districts In 1845
Map of district names and boundaries in 1845.
- Brown's Toronto City and
Home District Directory 1846-7
reprinted by Halton-Peel Branch, OGS. Includes information about the communities
of East and North Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Vaughan, and Whitchurch.
- Smith's Canadian Gazetteer
by Wm. H. Smith (Toronto: H. & W. Rowsell, 1846). Coles Canadiana Collection.
Statistical and general information about Canada West, including a map, descriptions of
all principal towns and villages, magistrates, post offices, stage and steamboat fares,
hotels and taverns, toll rates, land agents and a "mass of other desirable and useful
information for the man of business, traveller, or emigrant".
of York County, Ontario - 1850
compiled by Norm Crowder (Nepean, Ontario: Crowder Enterprises, 1988). A reproduction of
the alphabetical list of York County inhabitants from Rowsell's City of Toronto and
County of York Directory for 1850-51. Includes many areas now in Peel, Simcoe and
- 1852 Map of York &
This map is one in a series of ten 1852 maps of Ontario/Upper Canada which were originally
published by W H Smith
- Directory of the Province of Ontario
by Thomas B. Wilson and Emily S. Wilson (Lambertville, NJ: Hunterdon House: 1987).
Listing upwards of 40,000 persons with place of residence and occupation.
- Lovell's Canadian Dominion
Directory for 1871
(Montreal: J. Lovell, 1871). Contains names of professional and business men, and other
inhabitants, of the cities, towns and villages.
- Lovell's 1873 Gazetteer of
British North America
(Montreal: John Lovell, 1873). Facsimile reprint by Global Heritage Press. Contains over
six thousand descriptions and historical facts about cities, towns and villages across
Canada, as they were known in 1873. Also included is a listing of over fifteen hundred
lakes and rivers with their location, size and general information.
- Illustrated Historical Atlas of the
County of York: and the Township of West Gwillimbury...
compiled by Miles & Co., Toronto, 1878 (Belleville,
Ont.: Mika Silk Screening, 1972). Includes history of the county, biographical sketches of
early settlers and residents, business directories, many dates of settlement of settlers.
Detailed maps of townships with concession and lot numbers, including many of the names of
land owners and occupants at time of publication are listed.
- Name and place index to Illustrated
Historical Atlas of the County of York by Miles & Co. Toronto, 1878 and Mika Silk
Screening Ltd. Belleville, 1972
compiled by A. R. Hazelgrove (Kingston: Brown & Martin, 1977).