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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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  • The FENTON Family of East Gwillimbury Township  PDF File(Adobe Reader required) New!
    By Steve Marshall, reprinted from York Region Ancestors, Vol. 12, No. 2, May/June 2006, see page 2.
  • Clergy List, 1858-1869, York County, Canada West PDF File(Adobe Reader required) New!
    Compiled by Pat Jeffs, this is a comprehensive list of clergymen who conducted marriages in York County from 1858-1869 and sent their list to the registrar's office annually to be copied into volumes known as the York County Marriage Registers. The list includes the return and page numbers, the year, the clergyman, his denomination, and where his church was located and is sorted by clergymen as well as chronologically to help track down an individual minister and link him to his religious denomination and to the areas he served.
  • Family History Archive Online
    Access to a repository of digitized family histories at Brigham Young University.
  • Carmichael Family OnLine Pioneer family of York and Wellington Counties. Surnames include Carmichael, MacMurchy MacPhail, Corrigan, Huxley, Logan, and many others. Online
  • The Howard Dale AGAR Family of Ontario  Online
    This is an ongoing research of the Agar Family Tree and its many branches, including those in York County.
  • APPERLY Family Online  
    Gerry Apperly's site documents the descendants of Thomas Apperley and Hannah Hatton of Vaughan Twp.
  • Corn, Wheat & Maple Syrup, The BAKER Family Story [videorecording] Video
    (York Region: York Chapter, Pennsylvania German Folklore Society of Ontario). From Pennsylvania to York County in 1800 and back to Pennsylvania in 1998. The story of one Pennsylvania German Family's migrations.
  • John BALLARD & Sons Book
    edited and produced by Carolyn Ballard, researched by Ruth Scouten (Markham, Ontario: Ink Pot, 1978).
  • BENNETT Family of Bedford & Somerset Counties, Pennsylvania  Online
    Descendants of Jesse Bennett and Anna Catherine Cober who settled in Vaughan Twp. in 1804.
  • William BERCZY; Co-Founder of Toronto Book
    by John Andre (Toronto, Ontario: Ortoprint, 1967).
  • BURKHOLDERS With Roots in Ontario: The First Three Generations Book
    by Ruth Burkholder (Stouffville, Ontario: RMB Services). Burkholder families who came to Ontario early in its history. Gives names and dates for the first three generations of each family.
  • An Illustrated History of the Family of John James CAMERON (1859-1939) & Elizabeth WALKER (1860-1944) Book
    by Mary Joan Barrett (1994).
  • The DAVIS Family and the Leather Industry, 1834-1934 Book
    by Bruce Pettit Davis, Carroll Langstaff Davis (Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1934)
  • Devins Family History Online
    An outline of the Devins family who settled in York County. 2003 Devins Reunion (75th), 6 Jul 2003, Alliston, Ontario, Canada.
  • The Descendants of George CREW & Mary BAILEY Online  
    Lynn Charles shares her research on the family of George Crew, born England, and Mary Bailey, born Prince Edward Island, who settled in Markham Twp.
  • HAYWARD / LOGAN Genealogy  Online
    Information about the descendants of Edward Logan (bc1799 in Ireland) who settled in York County, and associated families.
  • Anthony HOLLINGSHEAD, A Loyalist Online
    A website celebrating the descendants of Anthony Hollingshead, a Loyalist. This site is operated for the interest of the family and to share the past, present and future with all who visit.
  • The True Life Story of David James HOWARD Book
    by David James Howard (Thornhill, Ontario: York Printing, 1971).
  • Descendants of John HUNTER and Nancy ANDERSON  Online
    Dave Hunter's web site includes extensive information about the family of John Hunter and Nancy Anderson from Co. Tyrone, Ireland who settled in Mt. Albert, Ontario. 
  • Letter from G. Duggan, Esq of Toronto to J. Skelton of Scotland regarding the murder of Thomas KINNEAR of Richmond Hill Online
  • Look to the North Star: A Life of William KING Book
    by Victor Ullman (Boston: Beacon Press, 1969)
  • KURTZ Family Pennsylvania and York County, Ontario, Canada Online
    The Kurtz Family Tree published by Carl Peter Nilsen covers 9 generations descended from Muchael Kurtz and Elizabeth Cober who came to Canada in 1805 and settled in the Vaughan Twp. area.
  • The LANGSTAFFs of Richmond Hill, Thornhill, Langstaff, Chatham and King Book
    by James R. Langstaff (Richmond Hill, Ontario: J.R. Langstaff, 1998)
  • John LAWRIE and Isabella REID, Family Group Sheet Online  
    Susan Gibb's research outlines the family of John and Isabella who came to Upper Canada from Scotland, and settled in Vaughan Twp.
  • The LLOYD Families of King and Whitchurch Townships, York County, Ontario Book
    organized, edited and typed by R.D. Lloyd (Toronto: R.D. Lloyd, 1992)
  • LOUNT Family Online
    A web site dedicated to the Lount Family.
  • The MACLEODs: the Genealogy of a Clan; Section 3 Book
    (Edinburgh: Clan McLeon Society)
  • MacMURCHY Family Reunion 1941  Online
    An account of the family reunion held at the home of Thomas MacMurchy in King Township, to mark the 101st anniversary of the landing of the family in Canada.
  • Alias Grace Book
    by Margaret Atwood (Toronto: Seal Books, 1996) A novel that re-creates a mysterious and disturbing murder. Grace MARKS has been convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer, the wealthy Thomas KINNEAR of Richmond Hill, and his housekeeper, Nancy Montgomery. Years later, Dr. Simon Jordan listens to Grace's story and draws her closer to a dark maze of relationships and her lost memories of the day her life was shattered.
  • MIDDLEBROOK Genealogy Online
    Includes information about John Middlebrook (1794-1863) who married Hannah Harper (1804-1888) on May 22, 1822 in Markham Ontario.
  • NORMAN Genealogy; Ancestors and Descendants of George NORMAN, I and Martha MELHUISH Norman, Somerset, England with Descendant and Collateral Families of America Book
    by William E. Norman (Norfolk, Va: Teagle & Little, 1976)
  • REESOR Family in Canada Genealogical and Historical Society Online
  • The REESOR Family in Canada: Genealogical and Historical Records, 1804-1980 Book
    (Markham, Ontario: The Genealogical Committee, 1980)
  • Jerry SMITH, Richmond Hill's Master Watchmaker: A Man in his Time Book
    by Audrey Smith Koning and Mary Jane Celsie (Richmond Hill, Ontario: A. Koning, 1998)
    A biography of Richmond Hill's Jerry Smith, master watchmaker to the village from 1900 to 1952.
  • STALEY and GRANGER Families of York County, Ontario Online
    Detailed genealogical reports published by Kimberley Muldoon-Staley.
  • STÖBER / STIVER Family Online
    Johann Niclaus Stöber / John Stiver came to Markham Township in 1794 with his wife Anna and their children. 
  • Descendants of Peter STOVER Online  
    Genealogical report of the family of Peter and Margareth Stover of York County, by Brian Massey.
  • The TAYLOR Family Tree Online
    The family history of four TAYLOR brothers who settled in North Gwillimbury, by Darryl Taylor.
  • The Francis WASLEY Family of Newmarket, Ontario Article CD
    by K.W. Totten, The Ontario Register, Vol. II, p208 (Lambertville, NJ: Hunterdon House, 1969).
  • Descendants of John WURTS of Markham Twp., York County Online
  • The Loyalists in Ontario; The Sons and Daughters of the American Loyalists of Upper Canada, Book
    by William D. Reid (Lambertville, N.J.: Hunterdon House, 1973). Early land records have been used to make up the extensive listing of family groups in this book.
  • Loyalist Lineages of Canada, 1783-1983 Book
    Toronto Branch, the United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada. General editor, Lynn A. Morgan; compilers by Elizabeth Hancocks, Casey Hancocks and Mary E. McGillivray (Agincourt, Ontario: Generation Press, 1984)
  • Loyalist Lineages of Canada, Volume II Book
    Toronto Branch, the United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada. Editor, Dorrine Robertson Macnab; compiler Mary E. McGillivray (Toronto: Toronto Branch, United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada, 1991)
  • Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of York, Ontario Book
    Reprint (Barrie: Shenrone Enterprises, 2000) True copy of the original published by J. H. Beers in 1907, contains biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens and many of the early settled families.
  • First Three Generation Charts of the Markham Berczy Settler Families Book
    by Vicky Munro et al. A series of simple charts for the first 3 generations of the German families who came to Markham with Berczy in 1794.
  • "Awaiting the Millennium" The Children of Peace and the Village of Hope 1812-1889 Book by Albert Schrauwers. A scholarly study of the sect led by David Willson, who broke from the Yonge Street Quaker Meeting in 1812 to build Sharon Temple. Includes extensive genealogical material on Children of Peace and Quaker families.
  • Tales of the Twenty Book
    published by the Pennsylvania German Folklore Society Of Ontario. Earliest settlements of the Pennsylvania Dutch in Ontario in the late seventeen and early eighteen hundreds, name the Twenty - Waterloo and York.
  • Those Enterprising Pennsylvanian Germans, Book
    published by the Pennsylvania German Folklore Society Of Ontario. This volume records the contributions of some of the Pennsylvania Germans to the economic life of the Niagara, Waterloo and York regions.
  • Rebellion Losses for Upper Canada, Home District Book
    compiled by Doris Bourrie. Alphabetical listings of petitioners to 1849 hearings that allowed or rejected claims for losses in the 1837 Rebellion.
  • Ontario Genealogical Society Provincial Index (OGSPI) Online
    OGSPI is a hypertext library established in 1997 as a volunteer project to index an unlimited range of genealogical information on Ontario families. OGSPI is organized by family surname.

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