Resource Centre

At our Resource Centre, located at 82 Lights Street in Woodstock ON, we offer an extensive, hands-on resource collection, staffed by volunteers to help you discover your family history. 

A searchable database (catalogue) of our library collection with over 3700 items to assist you with your genealogical research can be found by clicking here.

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) and 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)
-Guardianships (1859-1868)
-Wills (1841-1901), Estate Files (1901-1930
(Index for these Wills can be found here)

County Gazetteers and Directories
-1852-1915 incomplete series

Woodstock City Directories
-1901, 1903, 1922 to 1998

Genealogies and Pedigree Charts
(See a partial listing of family histories in our collection)

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

Business Index and 1871 Industrial Index

Assessment Rolls for North Oxford (1889-1893)

Crown Land Indexes

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)
-Norwich (1930-1985)
-Tavistock (1888-1929)
-Thamesford (1979-1984)

Obituary Collection
-extensive collection of obituaries from local newspapers.

Voters Lists (1850s to 1950s)

Additional Resources and Aids

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 1871Courts: Probate (1793-1859) and Surrogate (1793-1900)

Canada-wide resources:
-1881 Census; 1873 Directory; Divorce Index (1867-1930)

Additional 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:
-1880 Census Index; Genealogy Research; Histories

IGI to 1988