The Kawartha Branch of Ontario Ancestors

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

Upcoming Events

Canada Ireland Foundation
On July 16th the Foundation is opening Grasett Park in Toronto which will commemorate the health care workers who gave their lives to help the Irish Famine migrants suffering from typhus in 1847. 
Here is a link to more information about Grasett Park:
This Park celebrates the Canadian response to the mass migration of Irish migrants in 1847, specifically, its medical profession.
You can register for the online virtual opening on July 16th at noon here:
Virtual Ceremony:  Friday, July 16, 2021, at 12 noon EDT Including dignitaries from Canada and Ireland, as well as original music by Irish composer Odhran O Casaide.  Learn more about the history and design of Grasett Park. Register in advance…
Join us on Zoom, hosted by Selwyn Public Library to learn about a variety of tools to assist you in your genealogical research. We have scheduled 2 Focused Q&A zoom meetings to address genealogy questions previously submitted by attendees of past meetings. All registrants are also welcomed to pose a question in advance or just listen.

Genealogy Q&A – Canada and England

Wednesday, July 21st, 2021 – 1:00 pm – This online workshop will answer questions about genealogical research focusing on Canada and England. 

Genealogy Q&A – Peterborough County

Wednesday, September 1st, 2021 – 1:00 pm – This online workshop will answer questions about genealogical research focusing on Peterborough County. Our genealogists can also field questions about the surrounding counties of Haliburton, Northumberland and The City of Kawartha Lakes-formerly known as Victoria County.

Mark Your Calendar – Kawartha Branch Zoom Meetings – these virtual meetings will be hosted by The Peterborough Public Library.  We have scheduled 3 meetings for this fall. Topics and Speakers have not been decided. Information to follow as soon as the additional details are confirmed.

Thursday, September 16, 2021 – 1:00 pm Thursday – TBD

October 21st, 2021 – 1:00 pm – TBD

Thursday, November 18th, 2021 – 1:00 pm – TBD



British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa – Virtual Conference – 19-26 September 2021. Registration is now open at – BIFHSGO

New Peterborough County Website – Dr. Fraser Dunford has built a website for genealogy of Peterborough County bringing together material gathered over some 35 years. Part of the content will be the out-of-print book Places of Worship in Peterborough County.  Another significant component will be data on local photographers.

The website is very much under construction with probably another six months of work before everything is in place. However, it is worth taking a look now at –   Comments welcome, and suggestions for additional material appreciated.

Lang Pioneer Village Museum – The Museum is now open for Outdoor Pre-Booked Guided Tours – check their website for further details – Lang Pioneer Village Museum

 Genealogy Afternoons at the Library

Pending Covid-19 Restriction Changes –  Beginning Wednesday October 20th, 2021 Kawartha Branch volunteers are planning to host bi-weekly Genealogy afternoons at the Peterborough Public Library from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. These afternoons are open discussion, question & answer periods, program assistance, research assistance and/or brainstorming sessions that happen based on individuals who attend. Come join us to discover what is in our collection. Bring your research questions and if you have a laptop, you are welcome to bring it along with you. 

LOCATION: The Peterborough Collection area at the Peterborough Public Library,  345 Aylmer St North,  Peterborough, Ontario.