Guide to British & Irish Genealogy

Getting Started

This guide has had minor revisions in Sept 2013.

The Toronto Reference Library houses research material for genealogists and local historians, including books, microforms, pamphlets, maps, government documents, periodicals and online databases.


Collection highlights:


Searching the Library Website:

Suggested Subject and Keywords

Suggested Titles:

General Guides



Online Resources:

In-Library Resources:

  • Ancestry Library Edition (available in any Toronto Public Library branch) has an extensive collection of censuses, births, marriages and death records for Great Britain, as well as some Irish resources.

Journals and Magazines (at the Toronto Reference Library)

  • Gonfanon [Royal Heraldry Society of Canada]



For further assistance contact:

Answerline: 416-393-7131
[email protected]

Toronto Reference Library, 2nd floor, Humanities and Social Sciences Department, 416-393-7175