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Genealogy Basics

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Are you thinking of starting your family tree, or do you need a little help with a “brick wall”?  Ottawa Public Library offers workshops exploring resources and techniques to guide your family history research. 

OPL also offers online guides such as Starting Your Family Tree and Research guides to records; free access to Ancestry Library and other online resources; and free genealogy consultations.

Join us for fun and informative family history workshops this spring! 


Local History & Genealogy Drop-In Club

Tuesdays, April 2, 16, 30; May 14, 28, 2:00-4:00 pm at Nepean Centrepointe Branch.  Details


Library Resources for Genealogy

Tuesday, April 9, 7:00-8:30 p.m at Stittsville Branch.  Details and registration.


Family Tree Research in Your Pajamas

Thursday, April 11, 7:00-8:30 pm at Nepean Centrepointe Branch.  Details and registration.


Family History for the Whole Family!

Friday, April 12, 2:00-3:00 pm at Nepean Centrepointe Branch.  Details and registration.


Online Resources at the Library

Tuesday, April 23, 2:30-3:30 p.m. at Carp branch  Details and registration.


Discover Your Roots: Genealogy and Local History Fair

Saturday, April 27, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at Ben Franklin Place.  Details and registration.


Chipping Away at the Brick Wall

Thursday, May 23, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Nepean Centrepointe.   Details and registration


So you want to start researching your family tree?

Saturday, June 1, 2:00-3:30 p.m. at Nepean Centrepointe branch.  Details and registration



Genealogy Guidesby OttLibGenealogy

Our favourite guides for getting started on your family history. Find more guides in the catalogue by searching "genealogy guides"; "genealogy handbooks"; or "genealogy" plus your country of interest.