Frequently Asked Questions

Local History and Genealogy

What information sources are available?

The Huron County Library holds a collection of local history materials:

  • Population & Land Assessment Records
  • Assessment Returns
  • Local Newspapers
  • Census Records
  • Church Records
  • Local Association Minute Books
  • Local Association Histories
  • Cemetery Transcriptions
  • War Veterans of WWI & WWII (local history books)
  • Gazetteer & Directory for Huron County
  • Family Histories
  • Baptismal Register
  • Farmers’ Business Directory
  • Court Records
  • Ontario Vital Statistics (Births, Deaths, Marriages)
  • Marriage Registrations
  • Township Histories (local history books)
  • Historical Notes & Newsletter

What information may be obtained?

  • Births
  • Deaths
  • Marriages
  • Local Historical Events
  • Local Historical Figures & Veterans

What other organizations could I contact for more information?

How do I find population and land assessment records for Huron County?

An online database of the earliest official population and land assessment records for the area, the 1842 Huron District Assessment Roll, is available from the Huron County Library’s website.

How do I find copies of obituaries, marriage, and birth announcements that have been published in Huron County newspapers?

Some of the branches of the Huron County Library have archived newspaper collections on microfilm where births, marriages, and deaths are announced. Visit or contact your local library branch for more details or look at our online list of newspaper holdings.

How do I find copies of birth, marriage, and death certificates?

Ontario Vital Statistics maintains a province-wide registration of births, marriages, and deaths. Fees and restrictions may be applied. Contact Ontario Vital Statistics for further information:

Ontario Vital Statistics
Archives of Ontario
77 Grenville Street, Unit 300
Toronto, Ontario
Canada, M5S 1B3

Telephone (between 8:15 am and 5:00 pm EST/EDT) the Reading Room Reference Desk:
(416) 327-1583 or (416) 327-1582
Toll Free: 1-800-668-9933 (In Ontario Only)

How do I find cemetery records for Huron County?

Some of the Huron County Library branches hold cemetery transcriptions and records in their local history collections. Please call your local branch or see our special collections listings for more details. The Huron County Library has an online listing of the Wingham Cemetery Index, in addition to a number of other cemetery records databases.

What census records are available for the Huron County area?

Census records for Huron County are available for 1848, 1850, 1851, 1861, 1871 (Indexed), 1881, 1891, and 1901. Check with the Huron County Library’s collection of official records and indexes for a detailed list.

What family histories are available for this area? How do I use them?

Look at the Huron County Library’s listing of family histories to see if your family history is included. For access to and more information about these materials, please contact the library holding these items.

How do I place an “interlibrary loan” request for genealogical materials?

Contact staff at your library branch to order materials through interlibrary loan. Please note that you will need to find the title, date and/or volume, city and/or province, author (if any), and reel number (for microfilm material).

Renewing Library Materials

Can I renew my library materials?

You can renew your library materials twice. You must renew these items before the original due date. Interlibrary loan materials and materials that have holds placed on them by another patron cannot be renewed.

How can I renew my library materials?

Library materials can be renewed:

To renew your library materials online, click on the Library Catalogue link from the Huron County Library’s website. Once you are into the library’s catalogue, click on “My Account” on the top menu, and login to your account, using your user ID (14-digit library barcode number), and your PIN.

You should now see a list of the items you have checked out of the library. Place a checkmark in the box beside the item you would like to renew and click “Renew Selected Items”. Check to make sure that the library due date has been updated.

Why can’t I renew my library items?

Library items cannot be renewed if:

  • Another patrons has put a hold on the item(s)
  • You have reached the maximum library fines on your account
  • You have renewed your items twice already
  • They are interlibrary loan items (usually; contact your local library branch for more information)