Local genealogy

This online genealogical database can be accessed only on library computers. It provides access to family history via documents that record the lineage of over 5 billion individuals. Includes census records, civil registries & documentation from Canada, the USA, Great-Britain as well as many other world countries.


  • FamilySearch.org: This is the LDS website, the best source of genealogical information on the Internet. It also has all the listings of books in the LDS library in Utah. Most of these sources can be ordered on microfilm through your local LDS Family Centre. The Canadian 1881 Census is listed on this site. 

  • Rootsweb: Rootsweb is one of the oldest sources of genealogical information on the Internet and has all kinds of surname lists and locality lists where people make queries and get answers to their questions from other researchers. 

  • Archives and National Library of Canada: the website for the Archives and National Library of Canada. Canadian Census material, military information, post office information, photographs – a wealth of tools for the researcher. 

  • Archives of Ontario: the website for the Archives of Ontario. This website contains microfilm numbers for Ontario Vital Statistics. Many of the microfilm listings here can be borrowed through your local LDS centre or through your public library. 

  • McGill Digital Library: an excellent source of county atlases from the 19th century. You can often locate an ancestor here by lot and concession if you know what township and county they were located in. 

  • Our Roots: a project recording many of the local histories done in Canada. It also is searchable by keyword, a very useful tool. 

  • Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid: The Ontario Cemetery Finding aid with millions of Ontario burials. Not all Ontario burials are listed here though so be aware. 

  • GeneoFun: This site has the listings for the genweb sites for Ontario counties as well as links to other interesting information including the Ontario Genweb census page (www.rootsweb.com/~ongenpro/census) which is updated frequently with lists of transcribed Ontario county census information. 

  • Early Canadiana: A website with some early Canadian literature which is searchable by keyword. Much of the information is free although some is fee based. The Library now has a full subscription to this wonderful history site with all kinds of early Canadian documents including 19th century journals, magazines and government documents. Full access is only available at your library branch. 

  • JenForum: An excellent source for individual surnames. You can also post to your own surname board if you wish and get emails of other researchers. 

  • Automated Genealogy: Transcriptions of the 1851, 1901, 1911 and 1916 Census of Canada of Canada. 

  • Cyndi's List: Cyndi’s list is one of the biggest sources of genealogical information (general and specific) on the Internet. She updates it often. This is the Ontario page but there are pages for other Canadian provinces and places. 

  • Ontario and Canadian Genealogy: Another good starting point for Ontario and Canadian genealogy. 

  • Ontario Genealogical Society: The Ontario Genealogical Society’s web page with links to other provincial genealogical societies. 

  • www.angelfire.com/space/kingstonroots: A great site for those interested in the history of Kingston and Frontenac County. 

  • Bytown or Bust: Bytown or Bust – a good source of information on Ottawa area settlers. 

  • Rideau Lakes Info: Ken Watson’s site has information on genealogy and local history with lots of good local links. 

  • Olive Tree Genealogy: Lots of free databases, ship passenger lists and other information on Canadian genealogy. Check this one out! 

  • Genuki.org.uk: This website is a good starting point for genealogical research of Scotland, England and Ireland. 

  • Paper of Record: another extremely useful site. However, many Canadian newspapers are searchable here by keyword. Alberta has many of its newspapers free on the Internet but they are not searchable by keyword.


Check our digitized regional photo collection at Digital Prescott-Russell »
(Contains 19th and early 20th century photos depicting the lives and traditions of the French speaking population of Prescott-Russell) 

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