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).


We have a date for our Annual Bus Trip to the Archives of Ontario Research Day –  Wednesday, April 17th, 2019. If you are interested in joining us please email kawarthaprogram@ogs.on.ca for further details.

Ninety-five percent of the Branch Research Materials have been catalogued and the items can be accessed in  their new location at the Peterborough Public Library. Kawartha Branch materials are housed with the Peterborough Collection within the Reference section of the Library.

Kawartha Branch volunteers are hosting 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 those who attend. Come join us and bring your questions. LOCATION: Peterborough Public Library,  345 Aylmer St North,  Peterborough, Ontario. Peterborough Collection Area.


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.

Branch Newsletter – “The Bulletin” 

Researchers Helping Researchers – Kawartha Facebook Page