- Choose a focus or direction for your research. What is your goal in doing this research?
- Begin with yourself and work back. Write down all the information you know about yourself and family, including dates of birth/death/marriages, names, etc.
- Talk to living relatives to gather stories, memories, documents and other information.
- Proceed into the research process with an open mind (especially when dealing with dates or spelling of names).
- Keep your research findings well organized.
- Keep in mind that privacy and confidentiality restrictions may apply to certain records and census data. Contact the specific organization for more information.
- Not all genealogical information is available online, here are some suggestions of great places to assist in your research:
Thunder Bay Public Library
Family History Center
Thunder Bay Cemeteries
Thunder Bay Museum
City of Thunder Bay Archives
Thunder Bay Genealogical & Historical Research (Dave Nicholson)
Canadian Genealogy Centre
Ontario Genealogical Society
Out of Town Requests (Genealogy/Local History)
Out of town researchers may submit requests for information via our e-mail reference form . Staff can provide facts, figures and short answers on local topics. The Reference Department will accommodate up to 3 requests for information from out of town researchers. After assisting with 3 consecutive research requests, you will be referred to a list of local professional researchers. Complex requests may be assessed at the discretion of the Reference staff. When possible, a pdf scan of the information will be emailed to you. Should it be necessary to send a hard copy, a $5 processing fee will apply.
Contact the Reference Department at tbpl%23ca|reference