Genealogy

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Ancestry Library

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Looking to find your roots?  Search genealogical records for Canada, the U.S. and the U.K., including census, vital statistics, church, court and immigration records.

Note:  The Publisher has provided temporary remote access while libraries are closed due to COVID-19.

Getting Started Guide

FamilySearch

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FamilySearch is a resource for genealogical data from a wide variety of countries, including census, birth/marriage/death records, military and probate records. It allows you to create your own family tree online and search those of other users.

Barrie Public Library is a FamilySearch Affiliate Library, which allows users within a library branch to access over 350 million otherwise restricted images.

This resource requires users to register for a free account.

GENEALOGY | Family history, historical newspapers, Simcoe County Settlers

Ancestry Library

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Looking to find your roots?  Search genealogical records for Canada, the U.S. and the U.K., including census, vital statistics, church, court and immigration records.

Note:  The Publisher has provided temporary remote access while libraries are closed due to COVID-19.

Video Tutorial

Barrie Historical Newspaper Archive

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Historical announcements and articles from Barrie news sources from 1847-1979.

Some gaps in online coverage exist where we may have the issues on  microfilm.

BPL Digital Library Academy

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Getting Started and 'how-to' guides for online library resources.
Features tips and troubleshooting for e-books, getting started with online databases like SimplyAnalytics or Ancestry and tutorials on common tools like Email and Zoom.

For personalized Tech Coach sessions register in our online events calendar.

Getting Started Guide

Dictionary of Canadian Biography

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The Dictionary of Canadian Biography/Dictionnaire biographique du Canada (DCB/DBC) contains 8,500 biographies. This includes the complete contents of volumes I to XV, revealing the life stories of Canadians covering the years 1000 to 1930.

FamilySearch

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FamilySearch is a resource for genealogical data from a wide variety of countries, including census, birth/marriage/death records, military and probate records. It allows you to create your own family tree online and search those of other users.

Barrie Public Library is a FamilySearch Affiliate Library, which allows users within a library branch to access over 350 million otherwise restricted images.

This resource requires users to register for a free account.

Globe and Mail Historical Newspapers

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Full page images of the Globe and Mail from 1844 - four years from the present date. Easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.

Simcoe County Surname Settlers Database

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An online searchable database containing information about settlers and early residents of Simcoe County as recorded in a number of sources.

Toronto Star Historical Newspapers

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Full page images of the Toronto Star from 1894 - three years from the present date. Easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.