The Halton Hills Public Library has a local history collection that contains popular publications such as Acton's Early Days and Georgetown: Reflections of a Small Town. We also have cemetery records, microfilm and other historical documents. Most materials are for in-library use only but you can take home a Local History Kit with your library card.


The Georgetown Branch houses the Esquesing Historical Society archival collection. This collection contains documents and photographs related to local families, businesses and community groups.

You can search for items in the archives using the online archives inventory. This tool is available through the Archives Association of Ontario’s Archeion database and allows you to access archival records across Ontario. Our staff can help you search for and view items in our archives during regular library hours.

The digitization of the archives inventory was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Halton-Peel Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society.

Research Your Family History

We have a number of tools available to help you research your family history. You can also build a family tree, scan and restore old photos or create a scrapbook at the Maker Space - Creativity Centre


You can book a free, 30-minute help session with a librarian to get started on your local or family history research. Our staff can help you search the archives, use Ancestry Library Edition, or get started at the Maker Space - Creativity Centre.

Online Databases

You can access our online databases from home or anywhere you have an internet connection. 

 Halton's Historical and Newspaper Records

Consolidated index for census records, cemetery records, land records, surrogate court records, military records, business directories, book indexes and more.

View Halton's Historical and Newspaper Records

 Halton Images

Halton Images is a collection of photographs and newspapers created and maintained by the public libraries of Halton Region as well as the Historical Societies of Burlington, Esquesing, Milton, Oakville and Trafalgar Township.


The Esquesing Historical Society's archives contain a collection of about 24,000 photos of which 4,000 can be accessed on-line in the Halton Images collection. 

View Halton Images

 Halton Hills Newspapers

 Search full text of local Halton Hills newspapers including births, marriages and deaths.

View Halton Hills Newspapers

 Halton News

Search full text of local Halton newspapers serving Georgetown, Acton and Surrounding Areas.

View Halton News