Genealogy & Local History

Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition makes family research easy for beginners and advanced family historians alike. It is an essential genealogical tool with thousands of databases and billions of names, including vital statistics (birth, marriage and death records), census, church, court, military and immigration records and so much more. International coverage including Canada.

Drop into Main Library or Beaty Branch today and get started with access to Ancestry Library Edition.

Access is in library only.

Genealogy Basics Course (Online)

Tracing your family's history is a fascinating journey. Who will you discover? Genealogy Basics will help you understand the genealogy research process and the way we interpret the information we find. This course guides you through the search process for family names using several subscription-based Web sites which you can access while you're enrolled in the class. When you are finished the course, you may continue your research at the library using Ancestry Library Edition. This free online course runs for 6 weeks with new sessions beginning every month. Enroll today!

Genealogy Magazines

Genealogy is one of Canada'ts fastest growing hobbies. Enjoy full text fully imaged articles and more in our easy-access online magazine collection. Start exploring Genealogy as a hobby now.

Early Canadiana Online

Access a rich collection of early Canadian print heritage featuring works published from the time of the first European settlers up to the early 20th century. Some content may be restricted to in library use only.

Start exploring Early Canadiana Online now.


Access a vast and unique collection chronicling Canada and its people from the 1600s to the mid-1900s. The genealogy collection includes a number of resources including:

  • Homestead grant registers
  • Naturalization certificates from the Upper and Lower Canada, the Province of Canada and Canada
  • Parish registers
  • Upper Canada Land Books
  • Upper Canada Sundries

Start exploring Héritage now.

Page and document level searching is available when used in-library. Ad-free in-library only.

Milton & Halton Resources

Milton Digital Newspaper Archive

Access digital newspaper pages and index entries from the Milton Canadian Champion. Some digital pages from the Milton Weekly Tribune and Nassagaweya Country News are also available.

Halton Digital Newspaper Archive

Access over 200,000 digital newspaper pages and over 440,000 index entries covering the region of Halton. Includes births, marriages and deaths and articles appearing in the Acton Free Press, Burlington Gazette, Canadian Champion, Georgetown Herald and others..

Need the Microfilm Original?

The library has a selection of older newspapers on Microfilm and Microfiche. Most of these are available digitally through our website in the Milton Digital Newspaper Archive. If you would prefer to see the microfilm please visit Main Library. The microfilm reader is on the second floor. Call ahead to reserve a time at 905-875-2665 ext. 3263.

If you cannot make it into the library, we can make copies of the actual notices from the Canadian Champion. Please provide the citation (name of newspaper, date, page and column number, name of article). Cost: $10.00 for the first citation and $5.00 for each subsequent citation up to five requests. Email our information desk for this service. Please include your mailing address in the email.

Milton Memories

Enjoy the unique stories of the town's longest residents.

Do you have memories of Milton that you would like to share? Join in our Memories of Milton project by sending us a written story, an oral story, or any photographs or other ephemera that you would like to share


Lifescapes was a 10-week guided memoir writing program offered by the library from 2012 to 2017. At the end of each program, an anthology of each participant's stories was published. Print copies of the anthologies may be borrowed from the library or viewed online:

Lifescapes Titles
Year Title Link to PDF file
2012 Through the Rear View Mirror Online
2013 Backward Glances Online
2014 Echoes From the Past Online
2015 Meaningful Memories Online
2016 Once Upon a Memory Online
2017 Reflections Online