Step 1: Contactless services inside most open branches

17/06/2021

There are contactless services inside most of our 31 open branches, with strict capacity limits in place, as of June 14, 2021, except at Metcalfe Village, Orléans and Rosemount. This means:

  • Pick up holds and check them out at self-checkout stations.
  • Return borrowed items to book drops anytime.
  • Access to PCs, Chromebooks, and printing, where these are available.
  • No other services: no browsing, no washroom access.
  • Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line.

For details, go to Current Branch Services.

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Starting your family tree

Starting your family tree is an exciting undertaking; at the same time the sheer number of resources you will encounter can seem overwhelming. Here are a few tips for getting started:

Basic principles

  • Start with yourself and work back generation by generation
  • Document every piece of information you find and where you found it.
  • The key information you need to find for each ancestor includes: full name, residence, occupation, religion, dates of birth, marriage, and death

First steps

Going further

  • Read a general genealogy guide. See our list of recommended titles: Genealogy Guides for Beginners
  • The first records you will look for will be census, vital statistics (birth, marriage, and death), and church records. Check the research guides on this site for tips on where to find these, and other, records.
  • And finally, our best piece of advice: Make an appointment with a genealogy specialist at the library . Library genealogy specialists can meet with you one-on-one to show you how to get started, or help you with research roadblocks.