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At the Library: our catalogues

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Libraries are essential to genealogy. Even with all of the online databases and resources available these days, most genealogists will eventually find themselves walking into a library in order to track down some information necessary to firmly attach another limb to their family tree.

Many public libraries have a genealogical section and have one or more librarians on staff who have received special training in order to assist you in conducting your family history research in their library with their resources.

The Ontario Genealogical Society has libraries as well. Our Provincial Library is in Toronto, housed in the Canadiana dept, on the sixth floor of the North York Central Branch of Toronto Public Library.  It is a special collection within their own local history and genealogy department, and the librarians are experts at helping you navigate the records.

You can use our Online Catalogue to look for books, magazines and journals, cemetery transcriptions, or family charts. When you find something you’d like to take a closer look at, you can simply request the item from the librarians who will retrieve it for you to use in your research.

OGS doesn’t just have one library though, we have many. Most of our Branches have a library collection: some are housed in local libraries like the Provincial Library, other branches make their library materials available to members at the monthly branch meeting, and still other branches have their own library as part of their branch office.

Several of our branches have their own online catalogue to help you discover the resources they have for you.

Brant County - Our Brant County Branch has a series of Resource Guides on their website which are organized by genealogical subject area and list the materials they have for each subject area.

Halton-Peel - The Halton – Peel Branch Library is part of the Brampton Public Library, Four Corners Branch and their library catalogue is integrated with that of Brampton Public Library.

Kingston - Like in Halton – Peel, the Kingston Branch library is part of the Kingston Public library and the collection is housed in their local history section at the central branch of the library. Their books can be accessed through the public library catalogue.

Nipissing – The Nipissing Library is part of the Joan Duquette room in the North Bay Public Library. Branch volunteers staff it as often as possible to assist researchers. They have an excel spreadsheet listing their books.

Ottawa -  The Ottawa Branch has an online catalogue and their collection is in the City of Ottawa Archives. 

Quinte  -  The Quinte Branch has their library in the Quinte Genealogical Centre which is located in Quinte West Public Library. A list of the books in their collection is published in a pdf document available on their website.

York Region – The York Region Branch library is in the Richmond Hill Public Library. Their holdings are listed on their website and can also be found by searching the catalogue at the library.