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Genealogy and Local History
The Oshawa Public Libraries hold a variety of resources useful to people who are researching their family history or the history of Oshawa.
Library users who want to explore the history of Oshawa in images may be interested in Pictorial Oshawa Revisited. The book, which includes updated descriptions of the photographs, as well as 18 new never-before-seen images, is available for $45 at the McLaughlin and Northview branches; copies can be sent to Jess Hann and Legends. If you are Interested in visiting the locations where the original photos were taken, then you will want to check out Pictorial Oshawa to find a printable walking tour for some of the photos in the collection!
Finally, if you require assistance in pursuing or identifying local history or genealogy information available within the Oshawa collection, you are invited to submit a Local History and Genealogy Research Request. We will do our best to locate and make available to you any part of the collection which might assist in your research.
McLaughlin: Remembering the Legacy
A collection of images featuring Oshawa’s McLaughlin family.
Oshawa Book of Remembrance
Explore our military heritage.
Oshawa Full-Text Archive
Discover our scanned local history books and pamphlets.
Browse our photographs of historic Oshawa at OurOntario.ca.
Oshawa Newspaper and Obituary Index
Locate newspaper articles and notices in our local papers. This is only an index – scanned images of articles are not available online.