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Genealogy and Local History

Milton & Halton Resources

Digitising Milton

As part of Milton Public Library's ongoing efforts to empower the community to learn, create, and connect, MPL has recently acquired a state-of-the-art bookscanner, which will be used to digitise and preserve items in our local history collection. Digitising local history records provides a new way to share our town's past, and will allow the library to:

  • - Make fragile materials available without risking damage to the originals 
  • - Make materials available to anyone, anywhere in the world, and at any time of day
  • - Keep digital copies in case something happens to the originals

As we scan records we will be making them available on Milton Digital.

Digitising Your Memories

MPL’s new state-of-the-art bookscanner is now available for public use! Equipped with optical character recognition so your documents are fully searchable, this is a perfect way to preserve history and make it accessible for future generations.

Connect with us at to learn more about scanning your photographs, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, or other ephemera.

Milton Digital 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.

View exhibits exploring our town’s rich history. Our current exhibit features materials from the founding of the Milton Public Library. 

As MPL works towards digitising more of our Town's history we will be sharing it here. Stay tuned for more details!

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..


FamilySearch is a free family history research tool that provides online access to billions of genealogical resources. The Milton Public Library is a FamilySearch Affiliate Library, offering in-library access to additional FamilySearch databases on library computers. 

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. 


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
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Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition is available on all library computers and 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.

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. Check out Hobbies and Crafts Reference Centre and 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.