I was in the Windsor area at the South West SFOHG Research Centre in Puce where I was continuing my research of my ancestors who settled along Lake Erie and the Detroit River (both US and Canadian sides). The volunteers (bilingual) are very welcoming and eager to assist you in your research. They have a wealth of resources on site and access to paper, microfilm and digital databases not available online.
Explore their web site for yourself to see all that they have, when they are open and how they can assist you.
The closest SFOHG Research Centre to Durham Region is North York Branch of the Toronto Public Library. Email or call the SFOHG to arrange your visit when volunteers are available to help.
Annual memberships are available.
French Link http://sfohg.com/fr/node/1English Link http://sfohg.com/en/node/75