Genealogy and Local History

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Smiths Falls Digital Archive

This collaboration between the Smiths Falls Public Library and Heritage House Museum is an ongoing project that will present historic Smiths Falls and Montague Township photographs and other materials of interest to community members, former residents and researchers. We invite you to submit your own photos and stories of Smiths Falls and area.

Ancestry Library Edition – REMOTE ACCESS

Access one of the most important genealogical collections from home!

Note: This content is password protected and available to Smiths Falls Public Library cardholders only. Please contact the library at 613-283-2911 or by email at info@smithsfallslibrary.ca with your name and library card number to obtain a password.

Access to Ancestry Library Edition has been temporarily expanded to Smiths Falls Public Library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry. Remote access will be available until the end of 2021.

Find Your Roots With a Little Help From the Library!

Begin your genealogical research and learn all you can about your family names. There are many resources available at the library to help you in your search. These resources include:

  • The Rideau Record/Record News on microform from 1887 to 2003
  • Index to inscriptions for several Lanark County cemeteries as well as headstone transcriptions
  • Family histories
  • Collection of clippings from the local paper organized by year and subject.
  • Local history collection
  • “Lest We Forget ” Newspaper articles on First World War soldiers from our community. This research was done by local high school students.
  • Patrick Wohler’s newspaper columns – “Family history” and “The Family Historian”. Great how-to information.

Online Resources

A Smiths Falls Public Library card provides you with access to several online resources and databases. To see a full list of all the digital resources we offer, please visit our Databases and Research page.

  • Ancestry Library Database: Visit the library* to access one of the most important genealogical collections available today!
    Ancestry Library has unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada and other areas.
    Please Note: You must be inside the library to access this database.
*Access to Ancestry Library Edition has been temporarily expanded to Smiths Falls Public Library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry. Remote access will be available until the end of 2021. This content is password protected and available to Smiths Falls Public Library cardholders only. Please contact the library at 613-283-2911 or by email at info@smithsfallslibrary.ca with your name and library card number to obtain a password. Once you have a password, please visit our Ancestry Remote Access page.
  • Early Canadiana Online: Early Canadiana Online (ECO) is a digital library providing access to 2,838,778 pages of Canada’s printed heritage. It features works published from the time of the first European settlers up to the early 20th Century. ECO is produced by Canadiana.org, a nonprofit organization for preserving and providing access to early Canadian publications, first on microfiche and now online.

Resources of Local Interest