We are the Essex County Branch of Ontario Ancestors, a registered charity, dedicated to assisting those who are interested in researching their ancestral roots in Essex County, Ontario, Canada. Active Members: Preserving Family History; Networking & Collaborating; Advocates for Archives and Cemeteries

We are passionate in family history and ancestral discovery and are here to provide guidance, resources, and encouragement to all those seeking to learn more about their genealogical roots. We encourage you to attend the ‘Events’ and branch ‘Family History Presentations’ to learn more and network / connect with others interested in family history / genealogy.

The Franco-Ontarian Research Centre, under various names, has been in Essex County for over 40 years assisting researchers with their French genealogy. They have amassed a huge resource collection. The Essex County Branch of Ontario Ancestors has taken the initiative to help ensure that the Centre and its collection remains open. We urgently require funds to allow us to purchase new scanning equipment to digitize more of this wonderful collection faster to allow us to share it with those not in the immediate Windsor area, as well as to support the costs of the current facility. Please Click HERE to connect to CanadaHelps.org to make your donation (donation tax receipts issued immediately by CanadaHelps by email).

Become an Active Member!

To become a member of the Essex County Branch click here or visit Ontario Ancestors. What is available on-line for members? Click here for a summary and available video tour.

Support the Essex Branch’s activities and equipment purchases with a Donation:

CLICK HERE or click the “Donate Now” button to donate to the Essex County Branch via CanadaHelps.org. Canadian donation tax receipts instantly issued.


Donations have assisted the branch purchase items such as high speed scanners, laptops, software, and streaming video equipment & accessories – all of which is assisting Essex Branch to go digital & stream presentations. Remember you can specify  how you would like the funds to be used (i.e. for equipment & activities), or just select Highest Needs!.

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Join us on the Essex Branch Facebook Group and keep up to date on Branch information, presentations, and network with other Branch members on your favourite social media (Instagram (Instagram co-ordinator position open, please contact us if interested):

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Location of our family history presentations

At present we are continuing to hold our family history presentation live online (with Q&A) on ZOOM. Recordings are subsequently posted to the Essex County Branch YouTube site when allowed by our speaker contracts. Presentations are generally the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm:

We will announce when live presentations will resume at the Maryvale campus building (Windsor) on the  corner of Prince Road and College Ave., parking off College Ave. Enter to the presentation room from the parking lot, south side entrance of Maryvale building.

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