Genealogy and Local History

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Genealogy and Local History 2020-07-05T22:10:08-04:00

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 following:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, a nonprofit organization for preserving and providing access to early Canadian publications, first on microfiche and now online.

Resource of Local Interest


  • Ontario GenWeb  Genealogical Resources Portal with many related links.


  • FamilySearch  The largest collection of free family history, family tree and genealogy records in the world. Search for ancestors, share information, family history library, family history centers.


  • Archives of Ontario  If you’re just getting started researching your family history you should definitely begin with this indepth Government of Ontario site which will teach and guide you through your search.


  • Genealogy & Family History- Library & Archives Canada  The Centre includes all physical and online genealogical services of Library and Archives Canada. It offers genealogical content, services, advice, research tools and opportunities to work on joint projects, all in both official languages.