Genealogy & Local History

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Ancestry Library Edition 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.

Ancestry is no longer available from home, it can only be accessed at a library location. 

Généalogie Quebec

Genealogy Quebec is a subscription based research website regrouping all of the collections and tools developed by the Drouin Institute over the course of its existence. The website's 15 tools and collections total for over 47 million images and files covering all of Quebec as well as part of the United States, Ontario and Acadia from 1621 to this day. Genealogy Quebec is by far the largest collection of Quebec genealogical and historical documents on the Web.

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Greater Sudbury Heritage Database

The Greater Sudbury Public Library and the Greater Sudbury Heritage Museums are proud to announce the soft-launch of the collaborative resource, the Greater Sudbury Heritage Database.

Recognizing the historical value of local and community publications, we partnered with local publishers, editors and businesses to digitally reproduce publications in order to make them accessible to the public online. Each publication offers a unique perspective that reflects the diverse nature of our community, culture, and history in Greater Sudbury. We invite you to explore all the publications to learn about the events, individuals, local organizations, business and industries that have shaped Greater Sudbury and its people.

Publications included: Le Voyageur, Falcon, IN Touch, Vernon's Directories, Northern Ontario Mining News, and the Northern Life.

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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. 


PRDH-IGD is a directory of ALL vital events (baptisms, marriages and burials) celebrated by the Catholic church in Quebec and French Canada from 1621 to 1849, as well as a genealogical dictionary of families commonly referred to as "Family Reconstructions". The PRDH-IGD database contains over 2,500,000 records.