"To encourage, assist and bring together all those interested in the pursuit of family history"

Resource Aids and Material

We offer an extensive, hands-on resource collection, staffed by volunteers to help you discover your family history.  The following is a list of the resources aids and materials that researchers will find at our library.

Oxford Resources

Birth, Marriage, Death Records:

Registrar's Birth (1869-1911) Indexes and Registers;
Marriages (1784-1925), Death (1869-1935) Indexes only
Newspaper Indexes (1840s-1930s);
Church Registers (for some churches) and Indexes

Cemetery Transcriptions

Census microfilm Reels and Indexes of Oxford County:

1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901 (incomplete)

Court Indexes:

Probate (1793-1859), Surrogate (1793-1839),
Estate Files (1841-1966) and Guardianships (1859-1868)

Court Registers:

Wills (1841-1901), Estate Files (1901-1930)

(Index for these Wills can be found here)

County Gazetteers and Directories:

(1852-1915 incomplete)

Woodstock City Directories:

(1901, 1903, 1922-1998 complete)

Genealogies and Pedigree Charts:

(See a partial listing of family histories in our collection)

Genealogical and Biographical Research Files


Local Histories; Tweedsmuir Histories; Church Histories;
Petworth Emigration Scheme 1830s; Scrapbooks;
School Histories and some Yearbooks

Business Index and 1871 Industrial Index

Crown Land Indexes:

Registers, Patents, Grant Books

Land Ownership Maps and Atlases:

1857, 1875, 1896, 1917-1920

Militia Nominal Rolls (1798-1855) and Oxford Rifles History

Newspaper Collections on microfilm:

Ayr (1936-1967),
Embro (1860-1931 incomplete),
Norwich (1930-1985),
Tavistock (1888-1929),
Thamesford (1979-1984)

Voter's Lists (1850s-1950s)

Additional Resource Aids and Materials

Resources similar to those listed in the left column are held for counties bordering Oxford

Ontario-wide indexes include:

District Marriages (1801-1857), County Marriages (1858-1869),
Ontario Birth, Marriages, Deaths (1869-1900s), Roman Catholic (1828-1870),
Church Newspapers, Methodist, Baptists;
Census 1871; Courts: Probate (1793-1859) and Surrogate (1793-1900)


1881 Census; 1873 Directory; Divorce Index (1867-1930)

Other Resources:

Hawke Papers; Loyalists Lists; Land Records c.1780-1900;
Military Honour Rolls (1866 - 1853) - Fenian Raids, Northwest Rebellion, S. Africa, Korea;
Ontario Genealogical Society & Branch Newsletters

United Kingdom:

1881 Census Index; Genealogical Research; Histories

United States:

1880 Census Index; Genealogy Research; Histories

IGI to 1988