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Genealogical Research

Genealogical Research

  • 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.
  • Archives of Ontario - Tracing Your Family History - Genealogical holdings of the Archives of Ontario and links for genealogical research, information regarding births, marriages and deaths, microfilm interloans, wills and estates.
  • Barrie Newspaper Index - Index of Births, Marriages and Deaths in Barrie Newspapers. 1847-1960 (online) ; 1989-1999 (print only)
  • Genealogy and Family History - Genealogical web site of Library and Archives Canada. Military Records, Land Grants, Census Returns, as well as lists of resources arranged by provinces.
  • Cyndi's List - Largest comprehensive genealogical web site, covering worldwide resources, arranged by category (example: Canada, then the provinces, then regions). Also searchable by topic.
  • Family Search - LDS - Official web site of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the world's largest family history library. Includes Ancestral Files; 1880 Census of the United States; 1881 census of Great Britain; 1881 Census of Canada.
  • GenUKI - Comprehensive information about genealogical research in the United Kingdom and Ireland, including parish registers, birth, marriage and death certificates, surnames lists.
  • Historical County Atlases of Ontario - Digitized Illustrated historical county atlases of Ontario, published in 1874-1881. Searchable by name or county.
  • History at Home: A Guide to Genealogy - Great primer for budding genealogical researchers with lists of recommended online resources.
  • Ontario Genealogical Society - Simcoe County Branch - Official web site of the OGS, Simcoe County. Includes the Surname Index for many Simcoe County cemeteries, family names of the 1861 and 1891 census, Settlers Forms, Pedigree Charts, Wesleyan Methodist Baptismal Records.
  • OurOntario - OurOntario searches across hundreds of sites. You can find audio, video, text, government documents, images and collections about Ontario, or from an Ontario organization. Especially good for searching historical local newspaper articles, birth/marriage/death notices and archival photographs. Includes pre-1980 Barrie Examiner and other local newspapers.
  • OurRoots - Fulltext of local histories from across Canada
  • RootsWeb - One of the largest genealogical web sites, with a heavy focus on U.S. family research.
  • Dictionary of Canadian Biographies - a reference work of Canadian Biographies
  • Many Roads - a portal containing a 'mega search engine' of the top 100 genealogy websites, with the option to search all or just the freely accessible resources