Researching Your Family History Series – Ayr

Researching Your Family History Series – Waterloo Region

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


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:


September 27, 2023An Introduction to Family History Research

Join this session to learn the first steps in researching your family history including where to begin, how to gather family stories, determining what records are needed, and how to record the information you find. This workshop also includes a demonstration of Ancestry Library Edition which provides access to billions of records and is available free of charge in all the Region of Waterloo libraries without a subscription!

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October 25, 2023 Taking a Closer Look at Family History Records

In this session, the various types of records which can provide insight into our ancestors’ lives will be discussed. Documents such as civil registration and vital records, census data, parish and cemetery records, wills and probate, land and property records, maps and atlases, military records, immigration and naturalization records will be discussed. Reference will be made to records from Canada, Ireland, and England.

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November 22, 2023Family History Research Using Ancestry Library Edition and Ancestry’s Subscription-based Programs

Did you know that you can access Ancestry Library Edition at any of the Region of Waterloo Libraries without a subscription and with no fees? This gives you access to billions of records such as census data, city directories, cemeteries, wills, immigration information, court records, military information, family histories, and birth, marriage, and death documents. Join us for a hands-on computer demonstration and workshop on getting started with Ancestry. Bring your laptop or tablet and your questions on navigating Ancestry (library edition or the subscription-based edition) and we will help with search tips and shortcuts to assist you in discovering your family roots.

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