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Online Databases

Online Databases

Do research 24/7

These databases allow you to do research in magazine and newspaper articles covering a wide range of subjects. You can find the fulltext for many major Canadian newspapers, and current and back issues of over 1,000 magazines.

Many of our databases are available through the library's web site 24/7, whether from the library, home, school or work.

PLEASE NOTE: You will now need your 14-digit library card number AND your 4 digit PIN in order to access many of our online resources. .

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.

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Baptismal Records

Wesleyan Methodist Baptismal Records in Simcoe County. Available at the Downtown branch only, please ask staff for assistance.

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Barrie Newspaper Index

Full-text images of articles in Barrie newspapers 1847-1979, including births, marriages and deaths.

Includes coverage of Barrie Examiner, Barrie Advance, Barrie Herald, Barrie Magnet, Barrie Saturday Morning, Northern Advance, Northern Gazette, Spirit of the Ages.

Please notify the library of any missing pages or issues.

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Biography in Context

Biographies of people throughout history in literature, science, multicultural studies, business, entertainment, politics, sports, government, history, arts and newsmakers

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Cemetery Transcriptions in Simcoe County

Transcriptions of cemetery markers in various Cemeteries in Simcoe County (includes maps). Includes Barrie Union Cemetery and cemeteries in Alliston, Orillia, Innisfil Twp., Mara Twp., Oro Twp., Tay Twp. and Vespra Twp. Available on catalogue computer 3, near elevator at Downtown Branch. Reference only - no permission to save.

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Census (1861) for Simcoe County

Transcriptions of 1861 Personal Census for Simcoe County.

Available on catalogue computer 3, near elevator at Downtown Branch. Reference only - no permission to save or print.

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Census (1891) for Simcoe County

Transcriptions of 1891 Personal Census for Simcoe County.

Available on catalogue computer 3, near elevator at Downtown Branch. Reference only - no permission to save or print.

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Gale Literary Sources

Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers and literary illustrators in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world. Also contains scholarly and popular commentary from essays, broadsheets, pamphlets, encyclopedias, books and periodicals.

This resource incorporates Literature Criticism Online, Literature Resource Center and Something About the Author - previously separate online resources but now all searchable from here.

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Globe and Mail : ProQuest Historical Newspapers

Full page images of the Globe and Mail 1844-2012.

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History, Biography and Genealogy - Gale Virtual Reference Library

Online full text encyclopedias covering world history, including US and European countries, ancient and modern civilizations, individual wars, and biographies

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