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.


Annual Research Day – Bus Trip to the Archives of Ontario will be Wednesday, April 18th. A comfortable 33 passenger Highway Coach has been booked. There are 3 convenient stops for pick up and drop off –  1) Peterborough 2) Hwy115@35 and 3) a stop off the 401 in Oshawa. Branch Membership is not required. To register your interest in joining us please email the Registrar at kawarthaprogram@ogs.on.ca for additional information and to add your name to the list. Cost $40.00 per person.

From the Scugog Shores Museums – Township of Scugog

Sunday Speaker Series, Sunday Feb. 25 at 1:00 pm
Revisiting “Our Forest Home” The Immigrant Letters of Frances Stewart withJodi Aoki
Jodi Aoki is editor of Revisiting “Our Forest Home”: The Immigrant Letters of Frances Stewart (Dundurn, 2011). Ms. Aoki is an archivist at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario with a master’s degree in Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies. Jodi first became interested in the Upper Canadian Irish immigrant Frances Stewart while working with Stewart’s letters in the University Archives; she later made Stewart and the letters a focus of study. Jodi’s paper is about Frances Stewart and her immigrant life in the Peterborough region. Settling initially in Cobourg, Ontario in 1822, Frances and her husband, Tom, and their three daughters moved the following year to Douro Township, not far from the present-day site of Trent University.
All talks take place at the Scugog Shores Heritage Centre & Archives. Admission is $10/person and includes viewing of the textiles exhibit “Threadworks 2016 FLASHBACK”. 
For more information please contact Shannon Kelly at museum@scugog.ca or 905-985-8698 x 103.


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”