The Kawartha Branch of Ontario Ancestors

The Kawartha Branch of 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).


We are teaming up with the Selwyn Public Library and presenting the webinars below with Dr. Fraser Dunford as our speaker.

Registration is now open at Selwyn Public Library.

Beginner’s Guide to GenealogyMonday, April 26, 1:00 p.m. This online workshop will cover the basics including getting started in genealogical research and useful records. Topics covered: family trees, family records, relationships, the importance of birth, marriage, and death records, and recording dates.

Ontario Land RecordsWednesday, May 26, 1:00 p.m.   In this online workshop you will learn about the history of land settlement in Ontario, surveying a township, and land records (Crown to owner, owner to owner).

Ontario Municipal RecordsMonday, June 14, 1:00 p.m.  In this online workshop you will learn about the history of Ontario municipal records and where to find them.


Ontario Genealogical SocietyConference 2021 – Fri June 4th – Sun June 6th – Registration is now open at Ontario Ancestors.

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 – New Virtual Education Programs and their 2021 Event Schedule. Check out their site at Lang Pioneer Village Museum

 Genealogy Afternoons at the Library

Suspended until further notice due to Covid-19 Safety Protocols  Kawartha Branch volunteers 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. 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.