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Online Databases

Online Databases

Do research 24/7

These databases allow you to do research in magazine and newspaper articles covering a wide range of subjects. You can find the fulltext for many major Canadian newspapers, and current and back issues of over 1,000 magazines.

Many of our databases are available through the library's web site 24/7, whether from the library, home, school or work.

PLEASE NOTE: You will now need your 14-digit library card number AND your 4 digit PIN in order to access many of our online resources. .

Ancestry Library

Genealogical coverage of records for Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital statistics, church, court, and immigration records, including records from other geographical areas.

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Baptismal Records

Wesleyan Methodist Baptismal Records in Simcoe County. Available at the Downtown branch only, please ask staff for assistance.

Available on catalogue computer 3 near elevator at Downtown Branch. Reference only - no permission to save or print.

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Canadian Major Dailies

Full text of 21 major Canadian daily newspapers, including Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette, Calgary Herald, Vancouver Sun, and others.

Remote access to this title has been temporarily removed. You can only access this within the library until further notice.

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Career Cruising

Career profiles, including educational requirements, and interviews with Canadian professionals

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Cemetery Transcriptions in Simcoe County

Transcriptions of cemetery markers in various Cemeteries in Simcoe County (includes maps). Includes Barrie Union Cemetery and cemeteries in Alliston, Orillia, Innisfil Twp., Mara Twp., Oro Twp., Tay Twp. and Vespra Twp. Available on catalogue computer 3, near elevator at Downtown Branch. Reference only - no permission to save.

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Census (1861) for Simcoe County

Transcriptions of 1861 Personal Census for Simcoe County.

Available on catalogue computer 3, near elevator at Downtown Branch. Reference only - no permission to save or print.

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Census (1891) for Simcoe County

Transcriptions of 1891 Personal Census for Simcoe County.

Available on catalogue computer 3, near elevator at Downtown Branch. Reference only - no permission to save or print.

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Local Newspapers

Searchable online articles from February 2000 onwards for the Barrie Examiner, Orillia Packet and Times, Collingwood Enterprise Bulletin and Midland Free Press.

Online searching of these newspaper articles is powered by Infomart, a division of Postmedia.

Obituaries are not included in this resource but can be viewed at Yourlifemoments.ca

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O’Brien's Forms

Collection of Canadian legal forms, agreements and commentary, covering business, commercial, leases, wills and trusts.

Business users will be most interested in contracts, waivers and forms for industrial, retail & office leases, advertising & promotion, employment, bills of exchange, loans, intellectual property, partnership, shipping and agriculture. 

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Probate & Surrogate Court Records

Index to Probate and Surrogate Court Records in Simcoe County - 1828-1929.

Available on catalogue computer 3, near elevator at Downtown Branch. Reference only - no permission to save.

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