Local History

Local History & Genealogy Resources

The Brighton Public Library provides resources for anyone interested in local history and genealogy. Library staff can offer assistance in using the Library’s resources. We offer Interlibrary Loan services for items from the National and Provincial Archives.


Digital Genealogical Resources in the Library


Ancestry Library Edition

Provides access to family history via documents that record the lineage of over 5 billion individuals. Includes census records, civil registries & documentation from Canada, the USA, Great-Britain as well as many other world countries.

Access: Use Inside the Library Only



Genealogical Internet Sources


  • Library and Archives Canada: the website for the Archives and National Library of Canada. Canadian Census material, military information, post office information, photographs – a wealth of tools for the researcher.

  • Archives of Ontario: the website for the Archives of Ontario. This website contains microfilm numbers for Ontario Vital Statistics. Many of the microfilm listings here can be borrowed through your local LDS centre or through your public library.

  • McGill Digital Library: an excellent source of county atlases from the 19th century. You can often locate an ancestor here by lot and concession if you know what township and county they were located in.


  • GeneoFun: This site has the listings for the genweb sites for Ontario counties as well as links to other interesting information including the Ontario Genweb census page which is updated frequently with lists of transcribed Ontario county census information.

  • Early Canadiana: A website with some early Canadian literature which is searchable by keyword. Much of the information is free although some is fee based. The Library now has a full subscription to this wonderful history site with all kinds of early Canadian documents including 19th century journals, magazines and government documents. Full access is only available at your library branch.


  • Automated Genealogy: Transcriptions of the 1851, 1901, 1911 and 1916 Census of Canada.

  • Cyndi's List: Cyndi’s list is one of the biggest sources of genealogical information (general and specific) on the Internet. She updates it often. This is the Ontario page but there are pages for other Canadian provinces and places.

  • Ontario Genealogical Society: The Ontario Genealogical Society’s web page with links to other provincial genealogical societies.

  • Kingston Roots: A great site for those interested in the history of Kingston and Frontenac County.

  • Genuki.org.uk: This website is a good starting point for genealogical research of Scotland, England and Ireland.




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