Genealogy and Local History

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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.

*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 March 31st, 2021, and will be re-evaluated monthly as needed. This content is password protected. Please contact the Smiths Falls Public Library at 613-283-2911, or email us at [email protected] with your name and library card number. Once you have a password, click here.

  • 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.

Resources of Local Interest