The Halton Hills Public Library offers a wide range of materials and services to help you learn more about the history of our area, and about your own genealogy and family history.

Local history resources

The Local History collection contains publications such as Acton's Early Days and Georgetown: Reflections of a Small Town. We also have cemetery records, local historical newspapers available on microfilm/microfiche and online, will and probate records, historical photos, and birth, marriage and death records. Most materials are for in-library use only, but you can take home a Local History Kit with your library card. Visit our Local History Kit page for more information. 
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Online databases

Halton Hills Images
A virtual gallery of images and other media, created and maintained by the Halton Hills Public Library and Esquesing Historical Society. Our virtual exhibits showcase the local history of Halton Hills, including notable people, locations, and events.   
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Halton Hills Newspapers
Search full-text articles in the local Halton Hills newspaper archives. Publications include: Acton Free Press, Acton Tanner, Georgetown Gemini, Georgetown Herald, Halton Hills This Week, Independent & Free Press, North Halton Compass. 
View Halton Hills Newspapers
Halton's Historical and Newspaper Records
Search local census, cemetery, land and surrogate court records, plus Lorne Scots enrollment and business directories, for names and subjects in Halton Region.View Halton's Historical and Newspaper Records
Halton Images
A virtual gallery of historical photographs, books, drawings, maps, videos, audio recordings, and other media, created and maintained by the public libraries of Halton Region as well as the historical societies of Burlington, Esquesing, Milton, Oakville, and Trafalgar Township.

View Halton Images

Halton News
Search the full-text, local Halton Hills newspaper digital archives, as well as publications from surrounding areas. 

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Esquesing Historical Society Archives

The Georgetown Branch is home to the Esquesing Historical Society archival collection. This collection contains documents and photographs related to local families, businesses and community groups.

You can search for items in the archives using the online archives inventory. This tool is available through the Archives Association of Ontario’s Archeion database and allows you to access archival records across Ontario. Our staff can help you search for and view items in our archives during regular library hours.

The digitization of the archives inventory was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Halton-Peel Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society.

Family history resources

The Halton Hills Public Library offers a wide range of programs and resources to help you research your family history. Visit the Family History Resources page for more information.