Archives/Local History

Windsor Public Library has a wide range of resources related to local history. Physical resources are made available to the public through the Local History and Archives Reading Room, in the Central branch at 850 Ouellette Avenue. The Reading Room is open whenever the Central branch is, except not open on Sunday and closed from 1-2 Friday and Saturday.  Digital resources are linked through this web-site.

The Reading Room is your connection to the following collections:

Windsor Public Library Local History Collection
Windsor’s Community Archives
Essex County Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society

Biographical dictionaries  Digital copy available at SWODA

Births, marriages, deaths

Cemetery records

Census returns:

Federal Census

–1851 census index for Essex County, including Windsor

  • – 1861 census index for Essex County, including Windsor
  • – 1871 census indexed online1881 census
  • – 1891
  • – 1901
  • – 1911
  • – 1921