Genealogy & Local History

Ancestry Library Edition logoAncestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition provides unprecedented access to family history via documents that record the lineage of over 5 billion individuals. Records from Canada, the United States, and parts of Europe, including records such as census and voter lists, birth, marriage and death, military, immigration and emigration, family trees, newspapers and periodicals, directories and member lists, stories, memories and histories, court, land, wills and financial, reference materials and finding aids, pictures, maps, and atlases and gazetteers.

**Update During COVID-19 Pandemic**

Until December 31st 2021, the GSPL and have collaborated to make the Ancestry Library Edition available to our patrons from the comfort of their homes.

To use, all you need is a GSPL library card and a PIN and you will have access to the Ancestry Library database.

**Note: When you click on the link, you will first encounter a web page with a message that indicates that this is an unsafe website. Please disregard this. To bypass this message please do the following:

In Internet Explorer:
Click on the link that says "Details."
Click on the link that says "Go on to the webpage" (Even though it may say not recommended). 

In Google Chrome:
Click on the link that says "Advanced."
Click on the link that says "Proceed to website" (even though it may say not recommended)

After completing these steps, you will be brought to a web page that asks for your library barcode and PIN. 

Généalogie Quebec

Genealogy Quebec is a subscription based research website regrouping all of the collections and tools developed by the Drouin Institute over the course of its existence. The website's 15 tools and collections total for over 47 million images and files covering all of Quebec as well as part of the United States, Ontario and Acadia from 1621 to this day. Genealogy Quebec is by far the largest collection of Quebec genealogical and historical documents on the Web.

Access the database

Greater Sudbury Heritage Database

The Greater Sudbury Public Library and the Greater Sudbury Heritage Museums are proud to announce the soft-launch of the collaborative resource, the Greater Sudbury Heritage Database.

Recognizing the historical value of local and community publications, we partnered with local publishers, editors and businesses to digitally reproduce publications in order to make them accessible to the public online. Each publication offers a unique perspective that reflects the diverse nature of our community, culture, and history in Greater Sudbury. We invite you to explore all the publications to learn about the events, individuals, local organizations, business and industries that have shaped Greater Sudbury and its people.

Publications included: Le Voyageur, Falcon, IN Touch, Vernon's Directories, Northern Ontario Mining News, and the Northern Life.

 Access the Greater Sudbury Heritage Database

Greater Sudbury Historical Database

This database is full of local history information.  In addition to offering instant access to thousands of photographs with historical significance, it is an index to The Northern Life, The Sudbury Star  and le Voyageur, as well as material from our vertical file. 


PRDH-IGD is a directory of ALL vital events (baptisms, marriages and burials) celebrated by the Catholic church in Quebec and French Canada from 1621 to 1849, as well as a genealogical dictionary of families commonly referred to as "Family Reconstructions". The PRDH-IGD database contains over 2,500,000 records.