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Indexes & Directories

Birth, Marriage, and 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.


    Virtual Collection

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    Photographs & Local Newspapers - Gateway to Northwestern Ontario History

    The TBPL collection includes 3,500+ 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 managed by the Thunder Bay Public Library and hosted by OurDigitalWorld. It provides access (full text and/or index records) 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. Questions or comments about the database as part of the Thunder Bay Public Library's online collection will be addressed on an individual basis in accordance with TBPL Policies.

    Check out our Gateway to Northwestern Ontario History tutorial video from TBPL's Learning with the Library tutorial series for a guided tour.

     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 can be accessed via the Gateway to Northwestern Ontario History
    • 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




    World War One Thunder Bay Centennial Project

    The effects of World War One could be felt every day in Fort William and Port Arthur communities between 1914 and 1918. The local newspapers printed Victory Loan advertisements, editorial reports, and stories on an almost daily basis. While the impact of World War One is felt differently today, it is no less significant than it was 100 years ago. Over the next four years, the World War One - Thunder Bay Centennial will commemorate this time in history through stories, displays, exhibits, and more.



    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


    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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