The Kawartha Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS), 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).

Researchers Helping Researchers on Kawartha Facebook Page  

Our Library Collection has moved from the De la Fosse Branch on Park Street to the Main Branch of Peterborough Public Library at 345 Aylmer St N, Peterborough! The  shelved items are available to the public via the Peterborough Public Library staff at the Information Desk.  There is no  longer a need to make an appointment in advance.


Thurs., May 3, 2018 – 7:00 PM ET

Presentation: Using AncestryDNA with your Family History
Presenter: Lesley Anderson
Do you want to know about your personal story? Where your deep roots came from? Perhaps you are just curious to know what the results might be? Whatever your starting point AncestryDNA will reveal more of your own story and it’s amazingly helpful to genealogy research.
By capturing a person’s unique genetic data, AncestryDNA can provide customers with a break-down of their genetic ethnicity, as well as find genetic living cousins, confirm existing research and relationships and overcome brick walls or dead-ends in their family history research. When coupled with Ancestry’s billions of historical records, millions of family trees and strong member community, AncestryDNA will enable family enthusiasts and novices alike to discover even more about their own past! 


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).  Articles are written by Kawartha Branch members and give brief histories of some of the early settlers in this area.  All articles are available with links in the menu to the right under Projects – Families of the Kawarthas.   The link to the most recent article is posted below: – 

Families of the Kawarthas: McMullen

NOTE: If you are a Kawartha Branch member and you are interested in submitting an article for the series above, please contact us at kawarthaprojects@ogs.on.ca for additional information and/or assistance.

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 and the links to the articles are found on the menu to the left under Projects – The Amateur Genealogist.

Two additional Projects that are still active are the Settler’s Sheets and the Family History Name Index. Information is provided under their titles in the menu to the left in their respective drop down under Projects. Please check them out and if you can help please contact us at kawarthaprojects@ogs.on.ca .

 Branch Newsletter – “The Bulletin”