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Books

Virtual Collection

Ancestry Library Edition
  • Currently the largest online genealogy resource available
  • Includes over 8500 collections and more than 200 billion record images from the US, UK, Canada, Ireland and other countries
  • New content is added weekly
  • Available at all branches of the Thunder Bay Public Library

Photographs & Local Newspapers - Gateway to Northwestern Ontario History

The TBPL collection includes 3,000+ photographs, some dating back to the mid-1800s. Photographs are available for use at the Brodie Resource Library or online through the Gateway to Northwestern Ontario History. Copyright restrictions may apply.

The TBPL collection also includes newspapers on microfilm from 1875 to the present (Fort William and Port Arthur); along with Henderson City Directories (1884-2004), City Phonebooks, the Fort William Newspaper Index (1933-1970), and newspaper clippings and local pamphlet material from the late 1950s to 1989. Full text of these materials can be used at the Brodie Resource Library. Some newspaper indexes are also available online through the Gateway to Northwestern Ontario History.

The Gateway to Northwestern Ontario History is a virtual gallery of historic photographs, books, drawings and artifacts from the libraries and museums of Northwestern Ontario. The collection is hosted by OurDigitalWorld. It provides access to the historical digital collections of libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, government agencies, and private collections from across Thunder Bay, Ontario, and Canada. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Indexes & Directories

Birth, Marriage & Death

These indexes cover notices for births, marriages, and deaths as published by the Thunder Bay Sentinel, Fort William Daily Times Journal, Port Arthur News-Chronicle, or the Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal.Full text articles can be viewed on microfilm at the Brodie Resource Library.


Social Notices and News

These indexes cover notices for birth, marriage, news, retirements, anniversaries, divorce, military records and more as published in the Port Arthur Daily News, Port Arthur News-Chronicle or the Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal. Full text articles can be viewed on microfilm at the Brodie Resource Library.

Fort William Daily Times Journal (1914-1924)

Port Arthur Daily News/News-Chronicle (1915-1942) - Also included: war references from Aug-Dec 1914.

Port Arthur News-Chronicle (1943-1951)

Port Arthur News-Chronicle (1952-1961)

Port Arthur News-Chronicle (1962-1972)

Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal (July 1972-1979)

Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal (1980-1984)

Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal (2000-2009)

Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal (2010-2015)

 Sponsorship of many of the above indexes and collections is generously provided by:

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Map Collection

  • 2000+ historical maps related to Thunder Bay and Canada 
  • The main map collection (housed at the Brodie Resource Library) includes: mineral deposits, mining, aeromagnetics, geological resources, water and forest resources among other subjects
  • There are also nautical and shipwreck maps housed at the library, as well as maps which delve into recreational areas such as fishing and canoe trails

 

Ontario Genealogical Society Collection

The Thunder Bay branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society houses their library of resources at the Brodie Resource Library for the benefit of genealogy enthusiasts. The OGS Collection is detailed in this Holdings Report and includes:

  • OGS newsletters and reports
  • Print resources pertaining to Thunder Bay and District
  • Guides, how-tos, directories, indexes and bibliographies that concentrate on Ontario region
  • Information on researching other areas of Canada and outside of Canada
  • Death and birth records
  • Family trees
  • Census information
  • Obituary indexes

Records

Church Records

  • Key to the Ancient Parish Registers of England and Wales (016.9293 BUR)
  • Checklist of Parish Registers 1986: Government of Canada (Brodie Resource Library - Reference Services)
  • Inventory of Cemeteries in Ontario (OGS collection)
  • Ontario, Canada, Catholic Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1747-1967 (Ancestry Library Edition)

Marriage Records

  • Ontario Marriage Notices (929.3713 WIL)
  • County Marriage Registers of Ontario (OGS collection)
  • Marriage Notices of Ontario (OGS collection)
  • Marriage Bonds of Ontario: 1803-1834 (929.3717 WIL)

Death Notices

  • Death Notices of Ontario (929.3717 REI)
  • Northwestern Ontario Burial Index (OGS collection)
  • City of Thunder Bay Burial Index (OGS collection)
  • Birth, Marriage and Death Notices extracted from the Fort William Daily Times Journal: January 1, 1900 - December 31, 1912 (929.371312 BIR)
  • Stanley Hill Cemetery 1901-2001: an illustrated history (929.50971312 NIC)
  • Obituary Index (Brodie Resource Library - Reference Services)

Census Records

  • OGS Census Files (OGS collection)
  • Census Records for the Counties of Canada West for the Years 1851-1861 (OGS collection)

 

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