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 Branch Events

Mark Your Calendar – Kawartha Branch Zoom Meetings – these virtual meetings will be hosted by The Peterborough Public Library and are open to everyone. Please Register in advance on the Peterborough Public Library website.

Thursday, October 21st, 2021 – 1:00 pm

Topic – Surviving the Famine: Tracing the Irish Famine Generation in Ontario. The story of the Great Irish Famine is well-known. The population of Ireland was reduced by millions through starvation, disease, and outbound migration. While much of the emphasis and research has focused on those who did not survive the passage to Canada or upon arrival, the Canada Ireland Foundation has launched a new project to celebrate the survivors of this tragedy and their success in Ontario.

Join representatives from the Canada Ireland Foundation to learn more about the project and the records used to trace the migration of over 5,000 famine emigrants from Lake Ontario ports into the interior of the province in the summer of 1847. The basis of the project is a group of little-known records at Library and Archives Canada called the Emigration Service Records. These records provide a vital missing link in tracing Irish famine migrants from an era where few passenger lists exist. The speakers will outline how you can use these records to trace your own Irish Ontario ancestors and how you can get involved to help with the Canada Ireland Foundation project.

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

Speaker – Dr. Fraser Dunford has been involved in genealogy for over 35 years, has written six books and many articles on Genealogy.

Dr. Dunford will introduce you to his new website,  Fraser will advise of any recent updates and will respond to questions regarding research within Peterborough County.


Peterborough Historical Society is presenting in real-time a Virtual Zoom meeting on Tuesday, 21 September, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.

“Rediscovering Hutchinson House Herbal Garden” with Kelly McDowell

Registration to attend is required by sending an email to with “herb garden” in the subject line. Everyone is welcome. Registrants subsequently will be sent the link to join the meeting. 

 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 the 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 and access the Library WiFi.

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