The Woodstock Public Library is home to an extensive collection of records dating back to the early 1800s. Access to the collection is available during all public hours. While the collection can be searched using our online catalogue, the listings below offer an outline of the types and scope of documents available. 

The Library is unable to undertake research assistance for distance inquiries. If you seek local historical, genealogical information or a copy of a newspaper notice, please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Their dedicated volunteers can undertake research and retrieve information from their collection and the library's on your behalf for a modest donation.

  • Birth, Marriage and Death Registrations +

    Births

    • Birth Marriage Death Index for Woodstock Newspapers 1840-1844 (incompl.), 1844-1932, (Oct 2006-current) 
    • Knox Presbyterian Woodstock Baptisms 1859-1900 [MF]
    • Knox Presbyterian Embro Birth/Baptism Records 1834-1950 [MF]
    • Methodist Episcopalian Church Embro Baptism 1854-1855, 1858-1859 [MF]
    • Woodstock Births 1876-1882
    • Oxford County Births 1869-1873 [MF]

    Deaths

    • Cemetery Recordings Burford Twp
    • Cemetery Recordings Oakland Twp
    • West Oxford Cemetery Memorial Book
    • Memorial Tablets in Old St. Paul's Woodstock as of 1915
    • Cemetery Recordings Oxford County OGS (Complete)
    • McKenzie's Christian Guardian Death Notices 1836-1860
    • Reid's Death Notices of Ontario 1810-1849
    • Stonecutter's Records 1876-1881
    • Woodstock Deaths 1796-1882, 1889-1893
    • Cemetery Records Collection including Oxford County [MF]
    • Funeral Notices for Blenheim & Area 1856-1946 [MF]
    • Ingersoll Rural Cemetery Co. Records and Minutes 1862-1970 [MF]
    • Arn & Sons Funeral Home Records June 1907-December 1943 [MF]

    Marriages

    • Knox Presbyterian Church Embro Marriage Records 1835-1857 [MF]
    • Marriages of the Norwich Quakers 1819-1843
    • Brock District Marriages 1839-1858
    • Wallace's Presbyterian Marriages Ingersoll 1846-1862
    • Marriages by Anglican Clergy 1873-1907
    • Marriages of the London District 1896-1922
    • Methodist Marriage Register Kintore 1896-1922
    • Index Oxford County Marriage Records 1858-1869
    • Minister's Marriage Book Blenheim 1874-1882
    • Miscellaneous Marriages from Research 1874-1913
    • Oxford County Marriages London District Register 1833-1855
    • Marriages of Oxford County Residents extracted from History of Middlesex County 1833-1839
    • Norwich Society of Friends Marriage Register 1859-1973
    • Reid's Marriage Notices of Ontario 1803-1834
    • Phelps & Landon's Marriages 1840-1844
    • Wilson's Ontario Marriage Notices 1830-1856
    • Wilson's Marriage Bonds of Ontario 1803-1834
    • Oxford County Marriages 1869-1873 [MF]
    • Oxford County Marriage Registers 1858-1869 [MF]
    • District Marriages (Brock) 1839-1869 [MF]
    • Samuel Howard's Record Marriage Licenses 1874-1900 [MF]
    • London District Marriages 1784-1855 [MF]
    • Dundas St. Methodist Church Woodstock Marriages 1896-1912 [MF]
    • Minister's Reports of Marriage 1839-1855 [MF]
  • Cemeteries and Churches +

    Woodstock Public Library holds publications of Oxford County church history as well as some baptismal, marriage and death records and church minutes on microfilm. Please verify using the online catalogue.

    • Indexes for Oxford County Cemeteries (last updated 1990)
    • Cemeteries of Oxford County
    • Knox Presbyterian Woodstock Communicants 1860-1899 [MF]
    • Knox Presbyterian Embro Communion Roll 1836-1849[MF]}
  • Charts and Generalities +

    Charts

    • Genealogical Researchers with Local Interests 1970-
    • Pedigree Charts Oxford OGS (700)
    • Report on a Resident of Oxford WPL (100)
    • Early Settlers Project Oxford OGS (350)
    • Queries Index to Local Researchers

    Generalities

    • Bonk's Guide to the Genealogical Records of Woodstock Public Library
    • How to Trace Your Family in Oxford County
    • Oxford County Genealogical Records
    • Inventory of the Archives of Quakers in Canada [MF]
  • Courts +

    Courts

    • Quarter Sessions London District 1814-1820, 1830-1853 [MF]
    • Oxford County Jury Selection Book November 1944-December 1966
    • Oxford County Jurors Books: 1916, 1928, 1931-1934, 1937, 1938, 1941-1948, 1951
    • Oxford County Surrogate Court Grant Books 1870-1896 [MF]
    • London District Surrogate Court Records 1800-1839 [MF]
    • London District Wills 1800-1839 [MF]
    • Surrogate Court Records 1841-1870 [MF]
    • Surrogate Court Oxford County Index Book 1841-1966 [MF]
    • Guardianship Papers Oxford County 1859-1868
    • List of Jurymen Brock District 1849
    • Index to London District Wills 1800-1839
    • Index to Oxford County Wills 1805-1870, 1870-1888
  • Diaries and Personal Manuscripts +

    Diaries

    • Mahlon Burwell's Diary
    • Colonel Light's Diary
    • Person Diary of Phebe Mott April-September 1891 [MF]
    • Surveyors Diary: Wm. Hambly April 16-December 9, 1799 [MF]
    • Joseph Throckmorton's Diary 1817-1862 [MF]
    • John Tidey Diaries [MF]
    • Alfred Domett Canadian Journal
    • Diary of Elisha Harris Brown of Nissouri 1860
    • John Galbraith Diaries 1793-1799, 1834-1843 [MF]
    • George E. S. Crawford Diaries 1859-1896 [MF]
    • Diaries of Adam Oliver 1869-1872 [MF]
    • Gilbert Moore Diaries 1865-1875 [MF]
    • John Treffry Diary [MF]
    • William Cromwell & Sons: Day Book 1836-1839 [MF]

    Personal Manuscripts

    • Joe Boyle Collection
    • Chambers Family Papers
    • Letters of William McLeod
    • Charles Duncombe
    • Constantine's Index to Louise Hill Collection at UWO
    • Listing of the Stella Mott Collection
    • Surveyor's Papers: Peter Carroll 1828-1839 [MF]
    • W. Stewart Lavell's Speeches 1968-1980
    • Brown Family Papers 1876-1904 [MF]
    • Helen Janes Eberhard Papers
    • Wintemberg Collected Articles
    • Letters: Bradford to Rev. Wm. Betteridge August 28, 1838
    • Len Coles Collection
    • Ethel Canfield's Essays, Articles & Notebooks
    • Ethel Canfield's Notebooks (incompl) [MF]
    • Shenston Papers 1810-1907
    • Collection of Works by John I. Cooper
    • George E. S. Crawford Collection Account Book 1895-1904
    • Len Taylor Collection on Joe Boyle Research
  • Directories, Census, Voter's Lists and Tax Rolls +

    Directories

    • Bradstreet's Book of Commercial Ratings 1908
    • Bell Canada Telephone Books 1883-1979 [MF]
    • Telephone Directories:
      • Woodstock, Ingersoll Yellow Pages 1984 &1986
      • Woodstock, Ingersoll, Tillsonburg Yellow Pages 1987
      • Ingersoll Telephone Directory 1912
    • Who, Where, When: Woodstock c1912
    • Woodstock Social Register 1916
    • Smith's Canada Past Present & Future 1851
    • Ingersoll Directories: 1871, 1897, 1908. 1911
    • Oxford County Gazetteers Directories:
      1852, 1862, 1867, 1870, 1874, 1881, 1885, 1887-1889, 1895, 1902, 1910, 1915
    • Province of Ontario Gazetteer & Directory 1869
    • Lovell's Canadian Directory for 1857-1858
    • Woodstock Gazetteers Directories: 1888, 1894, 1901, 1903, 1912, 1914-current (every two years)
    • Canfield's Dundas St. Residents 1863
    • City Directories: Woodstock 1888, 1987 [MF]
    • Platt's Great Western Gazetteer Directory 1868

    Census

    • Index to Heads of Family 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891

    Politics

    • Oxford County Poll Books 1851-1874 [MF]
    • Dawe's Analysis of 1824 Voter's List Oxford County
    • Voter's Lists for Various Townships & Towns: 1824, 1855, 1857, 1877, 1878, 1881-1884, 1898, 1899, 1903, 1904, 1906, 199, 1933, 1934, 1956, 1958, 1960, 1962-1964, 1967, 1970, 1976, 1978, 1985
    • Town Book of Blenheim Twp 1822-1843

    Tax Rolls

    • Assessment Rolls Oxford North 1889-1893
    • Collectors' Roll Dereham 1864 [MF]
    • Collectors' Roll Dereham 1841
    • Assessment Lists Nissouri East 1874-1876 [MF]
    • Assessment Lists Woodstock 1854-1899 [MF]
    • Collectors' Roll Ingersoll 1879 [MF]
    • Collectors' Roll Norwich Twp 1850 [MF]
    • Assessment Lists Norwich Twp 1848, 1849 [MF]
  • Immigration +

    Immigration

    • Oxford County Return of Aliens 1816
    • Oaths of Allegiance 1800-1834
    • Naturalization Registers Oxford County 1828-1849
  • Land Records and Wills +

    Land Records and Wills

    Reproduction and microfilm of crown land grants, land titles, probate records (wills) and surrogate court records (1798 – 1900) Please verify using online catalogue.

      • Land Copybooks Indexes
        • Blandford Twp 1847-1905
        • Blenheim Twp 1847-1898
        • Dereham Twp 1847-1899
        • Embro 1866-1918
        • Ingersoll 1866-1899
        • Nissouri N Twp 1859-1889
        • Norwich N Twp 1847-1859
        • Norwich Village 1876-1900
        • Norwich S Twp 1859-1898
        • Oxford E Twp 1847-1900
        • Oxford N Twp 1816-1899
        • Oxford W Twp 1847-1900
        • Tillsonburg 1872-1901
        • Woodstock 1847-1900
        • Zorra E Twp 1847-1900
        • Zorra W Twp 1847-1899
      • Crown Land Patent Book
      • Land Grantors/Grantees 1800-1847
      • Original Land Patentees Burford & Oakland 1798
      • Land Records Abstract 1800-1830
      • Township Papers 1783 (Incl. Woodstock) [MF]
      • General Registers 1866-1901
      • Insolvent Book Index Oxford County 1864-1884
      • Judgment Book Indexes Oxford County 1846-1865
      • Receiving Books for Judgments 1859-1866
      • Land Records Abstract 1800-1830 [MF]
      • Oxford County Consecutive Instruments 1800-1847 (Old Ser) [MF]
      • Oxford County Consecutive Instruments 1847-1868 [MF]
      • Woodstock Copy of Books of Deeds 1847-1874 [MF]
  • Maps and Military +

    Maps

    • Collection of Maps of Oxford County, Woodstock and individual townships (1799 – current)
    • Wonham Tremaine's Map of Oxford County 1857 with index
    • Index to Insurance Map of Woodstock 1919 (revised 1928)
    • Oxford County Atlas (Page & Co.) 1876
    • Ridout's Blandford 1826
    • Stegman's Blenheim 1798
    • Hambly's Dereham 1799/1843
    • East Nissouri 1851
    • West Nissouri 1851
    • Hambly's Norwich 1799
    • East & West Oxford on the Thames c1840
    • Bolton's New Map of the County of Oxford 1896
    • Cummins' Rural Directory Maps Oxford County 1924
    • Guidal Directory Maps 1917: Blandford, Blenheim, Dereham, N & S Norwich, E & W Zorra
    • Hambly's North Oxford Twp 1799/1838
    • Surveyor General's Office Woodstock 1837
    • Rankin's Plan of the Town of Woodstock 1833
    • Park's East & West Zorra 1826

    Military

    • Paylist of Oxford Rifles Militia 1865-1868
    • XXII Regiment: Record of Officers of the Oxford Rifles
  • School Yearbooks and Vital Statistics +

    School Yearbooks

    • Woodstock High Schools, some Oxford County High Schools, a few junior school yearbooks

    Vital Statistics

    • Woodstock Newspaper Vital Statistics Index 1848-1925 [MF}
    • Norwichville Circuit List of BMD 1855 [MF]
    • Christian Messenger BMD 1854-1873
    • Index of Oxford County Marriages & Deaths 1793-1868
    • St. Matthew's Lutheran Cong Plattsville 1865-1904
    • Early Norwich Quaker Records
    • Genealogical Index to Tillsonburg News 1863-1930
    • More Notices from Methodist Papers 1830-1857
    • Old Age Pension Applications 1932-1933
    • Baptisms, Burials, Marriages Lakeside 1964-1945
    • Leeming's Birth and Marriage Register Gore & London District 1816-1827
    • Rothwell's BMD Registry Oxford Mission 1834-1846
    • 1988 IGI: At Sea, Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Medieval, Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland, USA, Wales
    • Index to Vital Records for Oxford County (BMD) 1869-1873 [MF}
    • Oxford County Vital Statistics 1896-1930 [MF]
    • Early Oxford County Marriages and Deaths 1793-1868 [MF]
  • Woodstock Public Library Collection +

    Woodstock Public Library Collection

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