Genealogy

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.

Blogs

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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30/05/2017
Need help tracing your Ancestry? Curious about the history of your home? Drop in...
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05/05/2017
Did you think “infotainment” started with The Daily Show? Hardly . . . Canadians...
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Online resources

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...
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This bilingual online resource offers historical content about Canada from the first European settlers to the early 20th century.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.
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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 1621 to 1967,...
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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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PRDH (Programme de recherche en démographie historique)
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 population of old...
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