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Genealogy & Ancestry

Genealogy & Ancestry

Barrie Public Library has a Local History collection available on request. We also house the research collection of the Simcoe County Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society.

The Local History collection is a special non-circulating research collection consisting of works which relate the history, geography, geology, culture and socio-economic composition of Simcoe County with specific emphasis on Barrie and the surrounding townships of Oro-Medonte, Springwater, Innisfil and Essa.

The Ontario Genealogical Society, Simcoe County Branch collection includes genealogical resources, including cemetery transcriptions, census records, and birth, marriage and death indexes

Barrie Public Library members also have online access to Ancestry Library, which has 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.

Research Resources available

Atlases, maps, gazetteers
  • Historical county atlases for Ontario (Also available online through one of our many links in Websites by Subjects - Genealogy)
  • All provincial gazetteers and assorted historical gazetteers
Biographical dictionaries
  • Central Canadians, 1600-1900
  • Dictionary of Canadian Biography, 1000-1910 (Available online through one of our many links in Websites by Subject - Genealogy)
Births, Marriages and Deaths
  • Index of Births, Marriages and Deaths in Barrie Newspapers. 1847-1960 (available online)
  • Indexes to Government of Ontario Registrations:
  • Births 1869-1914
  • Marriages 1869-1929
  • Deaths 1869-1939
  • Government of Ontario Registrations:
    • Births 1869-1914
    • Marriages 1869-1914, 1927
    • Deaths 1869-1919, 1932
  • Various other indexes and registers
Cemetery records
  • Inventory of Cemeteries in Ontario: a Genealogical Research Guide
  • Monumental Transcriptions: Records of 60 Burial Grounds in Central North Simcoe County
  • Individual cemetery transcriptions for Simcoe County (indexes available through Simcoe County Surname Index) including Barrie Union, Alliston, Orillia, Innisfil and others.
Census returns
  • 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.
  • Personal name census for Ontario 1842-1911 (Many also available online through one of our many links in Websites by Subjects - Genealogy)
  • Name indexes to the 1871 census for all Ontario counties and 1861 and 1891 for Simcoe County  (Also available online through one of our many links in Websites by Subjects - Genealogy)
Church records
  • Wesleyan Methodist Baptismal Registers 1840-1875
  • Other selected registers
Directories
  • Barrie city directories 1927 to present
  • Barrie telephone directories 1884 to present
  • Genealogical Research Directory: National and International 1985, 1988 to present
  • Other selected directories, such as Toronto 1837, Ontario 1857
Internet Links
  • Genealogy related links in the Web Sites by Subject portion of our site
  • 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.
Land records
  • Ontario Archives Land Record Index
  • Index to Upper Canada Land Books 1787-1841
Local history
  • Histories of churches, schools, personalities, communities in Simcoe County
  • Tweedsmuir Histories for selected Simcoe County townships
Loyalist and Military records
  • Books, maps and microfiche for Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes
Newsletters
  • Publications of many Canadian genealogical societies
Newspapers
Surname Index
  • Index of surnames and settlers' names contained in documents of the Simcoe County Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society (Surname Index)