Black Genealogy

Getting Started

The Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library houses extensive research material for genealogists and local historians, including the Deposit Collections of three genealogical societies (Ontario Genealogical Society, Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto, and the Canadian Society of Mayflower Descendants).

Searching the Library Website

Suggested Keywords:

Suggested Titles: Handbooks and Guides

American and Caribbean

Canada: Early Black history

Publications on Black settlements in various town and townships in Ontario are also available.

Using Online Resources

Buxton National Historic Site

Legacies of British Slave-ownership

Library and Archives Canada -- Black History in Canada

National Library of Jamaica digital collections


Recommended Databases:

In Library Resources


"Slave registers of former British colonial dependencies, 1813-1834"

Additional In Library Resources

African-Canadian newspapers on microfilm

Other Resources


For further assistance contact:

Answerline: 416-393-7131
[email protected]

Toronto Reference Library, Humanities and Social Sciences Department, 416-393-7175