Researching Your Family History Series – Waterloo Region

Researching Your Family History Series – Waterloo Region
Region of Waterloo Library – Elmira, New Hamburg, and Ayr Branches

Have you been wanting to learn more about your family history? Interested in starting to build your own family tree but don’t know where to start? Have you started to research your tree but hit a brick wall and aren’t sure how to break through it?

Join members of the Wellington County Branch, Ontario Ancestors as they partner with the Region of Waterloo Library’s to deliver a series of workshops to help you discover your family’s story.

View and register for all of these workshops here:


Region of Waterloo Library – Ayr Branch (137 Stanley St., Ayr)

April 17 – Family History Research through Newspapers


Newspapers can provide a wealth of information for family historians. While we typically search for details related to a death in an obituary, many other family details can be found in newspaper articles such as notices of court actions, probate notices, social columns, coroner’s inquests, missing persons, church news, community events, etcetera.

In this workshop, participants will learn why newspapers are important in researching ancestors, how to determine what newspapers to look for, and where to find them online and offline. Several tips and resources to help make your newspaper research successful will be explained.


Region of Waterloo Library – Elmira Branch (66 Arthur St., Elmira)

May 15 – Researching Family History – Geographical Resources

Resources such as maps, atlases, directories, gazetteers, and insurance plans can provide valuable information about your ancestors. Join us to learn how to find these geographic tools, how they can help in identifying where your ancestors lived, the migration routes they may have used, where records may be located when county boundaries change or towns seem to vanish and so much more.