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Get started on your genealogy research with these online resources curated by our Local History & Digital Archive Coordinator.

Recommended Resources

Ancestry Library edition: Available for free at all Burlington Public Library branches. Bring your own device or use one of our computers to explore this database. A key resource for genealogical research, Ancestry Library Edition has census information, vital records, immigration and military records, photographs, maps, and gazetteers. Coverage with this resource includes Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Ancestry Library Edition is only accessible from library branches.

Library and Archives Canada: Explore many research tools such as census indexes, and genealogical databases, including military, land, immigration records, atlases, reference books and various finding aids. Please note that civil registrations such as births, marriages and deaths are available through the Archives of Ontario and other provincial archives. Family Search is a genealogical organization and is the largest genealogical organization in the world. Family search maintains a collection of records, resources, and services designed to help people learn more about their history. Sign up for a free account with limited access from home. For an enhanced research experience, BPL is a Affiliate Library, providing access to restricted digitized microfilm at all our branches.

Archives of Ontario: Archives of Ontario has information on the province’s vital statistics (births, marriages and deaths). The website contains a catalogue of microfilm listings that can be borrowed through Burlington Public Library. The Archives of Ontario also has various research tools, databases and catalogues, which can be accessed on the website.

Related Links

Democracy at War, Canadian War Museum

Ontario Ancestors (formerly Ontario Genealogical Society - OGS)