The Kawartha Branch of Ontario Ancestors, was formed in 1975. We are a group dedicated to supporting genealogical research in the Counties of – Haliburton, Northumberland, Peterborough and The City of Kawartha Lakes (formerly known as Victoria County).


Dr Fraser Dunford, a Kawartha Branch Council Member, will be presenting Genealogy Workshops at the Ennismore Public Library over the next few months. Each session begins at 1:00 pm in the Optimist Hall (below the library) at 545 Ennis Rd, Ennismore, ON.  For additional information about each session please click the link Ennismore Library .  Please register in advance by calling the Ennismore Library at 705-292-8022 or register on line at link above. 

The dates and topics are as follows –

Monday, September 16, 2019 – Ontario Municipal Records

Monday, September 30, 2019 – Places of Worship in Peterborough County

Monday, October 7, 2019 – The Genealogy of Place

REMINDER – UPCOMING EVENT – September 21st, 2019

Genealogy Afternoon with President Steve Fulton of Ontario Ancestors.

Kawartha Branch of the Ontario Ancestors and The Peterborough Public Library are hosting this event on Saturday, September 21st, 2019 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The afternoon will include speakers, a tour of The Peterborough Collection and the new home of The Kawartha Branch Collection.

There will also be time for Q&A’s, so bring your questions whether related to Ancestry, Brick Walls, DNA or Genealogy Programs and ask away. There will be handouts available and door prizes too!

Come and join us. 

Space is limited and registration is required at the following link Peterborough Public Library or by telephoning the library at (705) 745-5382 x.2340.


Kawartha Branch volunteers continue to host a Genealogy afternoon at the Peterborough Public Library every Wednesday afternoon from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. These afternoons are open discussion, question & answer periods, research assistance and/or brainstorming sessions that happen based on individuals who attend. Come join us to discover what is in our collection and bring your questions about your research. LOCATION: The Peterborough Collection area at the Peterborough Public Library,  345 Aylmer St North,  Peterborough, Ontario.


In 2015 Kawartha Branch started an outreach program through the online newspaper MyKawartha.  Families of the Kawarthas (aka Founding Families at the MyKawartha online address). The articles were written by Kawartha Branch members and give brief histories of some of the early settlers in this area.  To the left under Projects – Families of the Kawarthas you will find a link to each article. 

Are you new to Genealogy or would like a refresher? The Amateur Genealogist is a series of articles written by our Branch Council Member Dr. Fraser Dunford. This series introduces people to the basics of genealogy. This project is now completed, links are found to the left under Projects – The Amateur Genealogist.

Two Projects that are still active and in need of volunteers are the Settler’s Sheets and the Family History Name Index. Additional information is provided to the left under Projects. If you can help, please contact us at kawarthaprojects@ogs.on.ca.

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