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Staff Blogs

05/10/2018
OPL has lots of genealogy and local history programs planned for you this fall!...
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20/09/2018
Have you been following #askalibrarian on Twitter but would really prefer to #askalibrarian in...
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10/08/2018
If you are doing genealogy or local history research in Ottawa, you won't want...
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10/04/2018
Thinking about starting your family tree? Wondering what those DNA tests really tell you?...
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historical postcards of Ottawa
08/02/2018
February is Heritage Month! OPL celebrates Franco-Ontarian heritage on February 26 with "Une passion...
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15/01/2018
Born a slave in Kentucky in 1848, Paul Barber learned to train and care...
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25/01/2018
Budding genealogist? Or an old hand? Either way, OPL's genealogy collection has lots of...
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05/05/2017
Did you think “infotainment” started with The Daily Show? Hardly . . . Canadians...
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09/08/2017
What did Grandma (or Great-Grandma) have for dinner? If you’re lucky you might have...
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29/06/2017
1927 was another big year for Canada – the Diamond Jubilee, our sixtieth birthday...
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06/06/2017
Hey, Ottawa foodies! You may know where to find the best gelato, but have...
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Photo from book Our Heroes in the Great World War
09/11/2017
A remarkable publication from 1919 that gives us photographs and brief service details for...
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12/10/2017
There weren't a lot of stores in this area 200 years ago. If you...
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12/09/2017
To celebrate the 225 th Anniversary of the founding of Nepean Township, the Nepean...
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05/09/2017
Calling all history fans! Come to the Main Branch of the Ottawa Public Library...
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02/10/2017
Enjoy a full morning of genealogy with experts Lesley Anderson and Glenn Wright! Genealogy...
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30/05/2017
Need help tracing your Ancestry? Curious about the history of your home? Drop in...
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24/01/2017
Is there a Home Child in your family? The British Child Emigration Movement brought...
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12/07/2010
London Lives is a fascinating online archive of primary sources about eighteenth-century London, focusing...
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09/08/2010
Searching for an obituary but not sure of the date? Finding death notices in...
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