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OPL’s Genealogy resources and services can help you start your family tree or overcome research roadblocks.  Borrow how-to guides, browse our extensive research collections, use online resources, and attend programs and workshops.  Resources from other libraries and archives can be borrowed through the Interlibrary Loans service.

Our Genealogy Specialists are available for one-on-one consultations to help you with your research.

Book an appointment with a Genealogy Specialist.

Our clients can also use the Interlibrary Loans service to order genealogy resources from other public, university and government libraries.


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Online resources

Logo for Ancestry Library
In-Library Use Only. 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...
This bilingual online resource offers historical content about Canada from the first European settlers to the early 20th century.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.
Logo for Genealogy Quebec
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...
Logo for The Globe and Mail
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.
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Logo pour PRDH (Programme de recherche en démographie historique)
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...