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Genealogy and Ancestry LE Workshops
These free, hands-on sessions are 1.5 hours long and will be held in the Mary J. L. Black Community Program Room. Enrolment is limited. Register by calling 684-6815 or visit and click on Online Calendar. Registration begins at 10am on September 1, 2017. Participants are welcome to bring their own laptop to use in class (if you plan to bring your own laptop please let us know at time of registration).

Ancestry LE
This class is an introduction to the Library’s online genealogy resource Ancestry Library Edition (LE). You must know how to use a computer and Internet browser to
register for this class.

September 28 @ 7pm
December 5 @ 2pm

Ancestry LE Advanced
This class goes beyond the introductory Ancestry LE class to get the most out of the Library’s online genealogy resource Ancestry Library Edition database. You must know how to use the Ancestry LE database at a basic level already.

November 24 @ 10:30am


Genetic Genealogy: Introduction

For those interested in learning how to use DNA to trace their genealogical roots, this workshop provides an overview of the topic and discusses how different DNA strands and DNA testing can be used to trace particular lines far back in time. Prior knowledge or experience with genealogy is recommended. Presented by Clare Cook - Ontario Genealogical Society.

September 12 @ 7pm


Genetic Genealogy: I Got My AncestryDNA Results! Now What?

For anyone who has initiated a genetic genealogy test through AncestryDNS, this workshop addresses common questions and next steps related to what to do upon receiving test results. Presented by Clare Cook - Ontario Genealogical Society.

October 26 @ 7pm


In Their Own Words: Journals, Diaries & Letters in Lakehead History

Join the Lakehead Social History Institute free community workshop and discover how you can use journals, diaries and letters in research. Speakers will discuss sources for historical journals, diaries and letters and their use. Participants will learn how to use personal documents in history research. Contact lakeheadu%23ca|shi for more information.

October 28 @12:30pm-4:30pm

Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) Meetings

Meetings feature idea and research sharing along with special topics and guest speakers. Connect with them on Facebook (Thunder Bay District Branch, OGS) or by email at for more information.

Mary J.L. Black Community Program Room: Tuesdays @ 7 pm

September 26
October 31
November 28
December 12

Library Services

Interlibrary Loan

  • If TBPL does not carry an item, we can try to borrow it from another lending institution in Canada
  • You may request books, articles, archival and genealogical microfilm
  • Make requests for books in person, by phone, or by filling out a form online (books, articles, microfilm)
  • Microfilm requests should be made through the Brodie Resource Library - Reference Services
  • There is no charge for this service
  • Please allow 4-6 weeks for material to arrive

Microfilm Equipment

  • There are 2 microfilm readers and 2 microfilm readers/scanners at the Brodie Resource Library
  • Printing is available from all 4 machines
  • Saving to USB (in PDF format) is available on the 2 readers/scanners

Wi-Fi and Free Internet

  • Computers are available with free internet access at all TBPL branches
  • Wi-Fi is available with free access at all TBPL branches






CollectionsServices & ProgramsAboriginal Genealogy | Other Resources