Your first task in searching for ancestors in Peel
County is to ascertain that someone related to you was living
here! How do you do this? Start by asking relatives where they,
or their parents, were born. Find birth certificates, death certificates,
old newspaper announcements, anything that indicates your family lived
in Peel county.
Once you are reasonably sure they lived in Peel
county you will find these resources a big help in finding MORE information:
Always check your OWN local and central library.
Sometimes local libraries have Ontario censuses which
can be a very good start on your genealogy search. Census information
will give you the name of the head of the home and any other people living
with them and their ages. Depending of which census you are looking
at, it can also give you place of birth, ethnicity, exact age, type of
home, job description, marital status, year came to Canada -- all sorts
of goodies! Your own library may also have the Marriage index for
earlier marriages for Peel County.
An excellent place to start your search!
The Ruth Konrad Collection of Canadiana is a well-spring of information
for Peel County. The friendly staff at the Mississauga Library are
available to help you in your search. You will find books, photographs,
slides, pamphlets, press clippings and maps, chronicling the growth of
this community from before European settlement. Because of the unique
nature of the collection, many out-of-print materials and valuable items,
the Collection is for reference use only in the Canadiana Reading Room.
Also available here are: Ontario Census records from 1841 to 1901, local
newspapers on microfilm including the Streetsville Review, the Mississauga
News, the Mississauga Times, and the Port Credit Weekly, the Toronto Township
Papers on microfilm, and Toronto Township Council Meeting minutes 1844-1970
of Peel Archives
Available here are: the Wm. Perkins
Bull collection, census returns, directories, education records, land records,
maps, municipal records, newspapers, photographs and photographers, surname
indices, Tweedsmuir histories, vital statistics, wills, and other local
history sources in Peel.
Archives of Ontario
Here at the Archives you can search for your own
birth registrations (1869-1901), death registrations (1869-1925), and marriage
registrations (1801-1915) for the province of Ontario. You'll also
find divorce decrees, wills, census records, newspapers from across the
province, boat lists, and a well-spring of interesting information for
an Ontario family search!
North York Central Library -- Canadiana Collection
-- an excellent collection of newspapers on
microfilm, Ontario censuses, and basic genealocical information for a search
anywhere in Ontario. Although emphasis is on local history, I have
found this collection to be very, very good and always worth a trip
up to Yonge and Sheppard.