Genealogy & Local History

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Ancestry Library Edition (ALE) provides unprecedented access to family history via documents that record the lineage of over 5 billion individuals. Records from Canada, the United States, and parts of Europe, including records such as census and voter lists, birth, marriage and death, military, immigration and emigration, family trees, newspapers and periodicals, directories and member lists, stories, memories and histories, court, land, wills and financial, reference materials and finding aids, pictures, maps, and atlases and gazetteers.

**Update During COVID-19 Pandemic**

For a limited time, the GSPL and Ancestry.com have collaborated to make the Ancestry Library Edition available to our patrons from the comfort of their homes.

To use, all you need is a GSPL library card and a PIN and you will have access to the Ancestry Library database.

**Note: When you click on the link, you will first encounter a web page with a message that indicates that this is an unsafe website. Please disregard this. To bypass this message please do the following:

In Internet Explorer:
Click on the link that says "Details."
Click on the link that says "Go on to the webpage" (Even though it may say not recommended). 

In Google Chrome:
Click on the link that says "Advanced."
Click on the link that says "Proceed to website" (even though it may say not recommended)

After completing these steps, you will be brought to a web page that asks for your library barcode and PIN. 

Généalogie Quebec

Discover the history of your family thanks to the largest collection of historical and genealogical documents on the Web!

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Greater Sudbury Historical Database

This database is full of local history information.  In addition to offering instant access to thousands of photographs with historical significance, it is an index to The Northern Life, The Sudbury Star  and le Voyageur , as well as material from our vertical file. 

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The site offers three related databases on the population of Quebec up to 1850. Navigation in English or French. Content in French.  The Repertory of Vital Events lists baptismal, marriage and death records from Catholic parishes, missions, and institutions in Quebec prior to 1800. It also includes another 20 000 entries from immigration lists, census records, marriage contracts, etc.  The Genealogical Dictionary lists individuals born or landed in Quebec between 1621 and 1765, as well as their parents, spouses, and children.  The Repertory of Couples gives the names of spouses' parents, as well as the names of their children who were married prior to 1800.