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Ottawa Public Library Genealogy Day

Join us for a day of genealogy presentations and meet with exhibitors from a variety of genealogical societies and organizations! Explore Ottawa Public Library genealogy resources, and learn more about search strategies when researching your family history!

Organized in partnership with British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ontario and Ottawa Branch Ontario Genealogical Society.


All are welcome! 

FREE, no registration required. 

Attend any or all of the following presentations:

Introduction, by Ottawa Public Library (9:20 am - 9:30 am)

MyHeritage Library Edition, by Daniel Horowitz (9:30 am - 10:30 am)

The MyHeritage Search Engine Library Edition is a state-of-the-art tool for finding billions of historical records that mention your ancestors. Discover the advanced technology behind the scenes and learn how to take full advantage of the search engine’s robust features to explore the lives of your ancestors.

Jumping the Pond, by Mags Gaulden (11:00 am - 12:00 pm)

We will walk through the scant records as we make our way across the pond to discover lost cousins through boots on the ground. Working with researchers from the North of Ireland Family History Society and the Islandmagee DNA Group Project, volunteers have been busy gathering DNA, sources and information to make great connections!

When Is a Photo Worth a Thousand Relatives?, by Daniel Horowitz (1:30 pm - 2:30 pm)

Take a tour of all MyHeritage’s game-changing new photo features. From enhancing and colourizing your photos with the Photo Enhancer and MyHeritage In Color™ to animating the faces with Deep Nostalgia™ and making them speak with DeepStory. Learn how to use MyHeritage to breathe new life into your old family photos.

The Printed Page: Online Newspapers and Books, by Glenn Wright (3:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

Books and newspapers should never be overlooked in any family history or genealogical research. An enormous number of both are now freely available online. Learn about these resources, how to access relevant websites and see how useful they can be for adding historical context to the story of an individual, a family or the place where they lived.