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Genealogy

Ottawa Public Library resources, services and programs help people explore their family history.

Programs and Events

Virtual Genealogy

Drop in to share research strategies, & discover what resources are available for your research. Volunteers from The Ontario Genealogical Society will be here to...

Online

Tuesday Oct 6, 2020 at 2:00pm / until Oct 27, 2020

Online resources

Homepage of Ancestry Library
A collection of thousands of individual genealogy databases from many different institutions. It includes American, Canadian and U.K. sources as well as some for Australia, New Zealand and Europe. Canadian coverage includes major sources such as the censuses from 1851...
Remote Access will be valid temporarily until December 31, 2020. Previously Ancestry Library was only available for in-library use.
Homepage of Early Canadiana Online
This bilingual online resource offers historical content about Canada from the first European settlers to the early 20th century. This includes digitized books, magazines and government documents and spans 21 languages.
Homepage of Généology Québec
In-Library Use Only. Provides access to over 42,000,000 images and files from the origins of New France to today, drawn from the search tools of the Drouin Genealogical Institute. Includes baptism and death certificates (1621-1849), the Fond Drouin registries from...
Homepage for Globe and Mail - ProQuest Historical Newspapers (1844-2016)
This digitized version of The Globe and Mail includes all of the newspapers' sections, images, classifieds, advertisements, births, deaths, political cartoons and more for the dates covered. Users can browse by date or perform a keyword search.
Homepage for Ottawa Citizen database
This digitized full-images archives of the Ottawa Citizen provides genealogists, researchers and general public with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time. This will allow Ottawans to digitally travel back through...
Homepage of PRDH
In-Library Use Only. Database containing a directory of civil status records (baptisms, marriages and burials) in Quebec (1621-1799), a genealogical dictionary of families (1621-1765) and a directory of couples and descendants. The PRDH’s mandate is to help piece together the...

Blogs

12/05/2020
Ancestry Canada features two new Ancestry Extra presentations every week on Tuesday and Thursday...
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19/07/2019
Are you wanting to learn more about the new tools for exploring the mysteries...
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12/04/2019
On Friday, April 12th, the Beaverbrook Branch celebrated the launch of its new Digitization...
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08/04/2019
Thinking about starting your family tree, or researching the history of your house? Wondering...
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