While this website is focused on the "Mountain" area of Hamilton, the material for any heritage or historical research project is not so neatly grouped by area. It pays to search fairly widely because, as those experienced in local history research can affirm, the information you may be seeking often turns up in unexpected places.
One of the basic places to begin any heritage or historical research related to the Hamilton area is the Hamilton Public Library's Local History & Archives Department. This is a significant public collection of material. It is particularly directed to the information needs of individuals seeking materials relating to the history of Hamilton and the Hamilton-Wentworth region.
The Hamilton area is also well served by a number of heritage and historical groups. Some of these groups maintain archives and/or museum collections. However, one must realize that these groups are composed entirely of volunteers. Though they have many people who can provide invaluable information about local history - these people are often already heavily committed to various research projects. They are often prepared to offer guidance but few are available to undertake new research challenges. A partial list of the websites of the heritage groups in the Hamilton area is maintained by the Hamilton Mountain Heritage Society. Click on Hamilton Heritage Links for access to this list.
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The banner graphic on this page is from a lithograph created by Endicott & Co., NY, and is entitled "Hamilton, C.W." (Canada West). and was published by Rice and Duncan in 1859. .