Researching Your Family History Series (2022/2023)


 Researching Your Family History Series

Guelph Public Library

100 Norfolk Street, Guelph

2:00-4:00 pm


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 Guelph Public Library’s Archivist to deliver a series of workshops to help you discover your family’s story. Register for one or for all the sessions at Registration will open approximately 6 weeks prior to each session.


February 18, 2023 — Researching Family History 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 newspapers 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. A number of tips and resources to help make your newspaper research successful will be explained.


March 18, 2023 – Researching Your British Home Child Ancestor

Beginning in 1869, over 100,000 children were sent from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales to Canada as part of a child migration program. It is now estimated that 1 in 10 Canadians are descended from a British Home Child although many are not aware of this heritage.

Are you interested in learning more about British Home Children?  Perhaps you recently learned that an ancestor was a British Home Child.  Join this workshop to learn what led to the development of the child migration program, how children became involved and the major organizations involved in sending children to Canada. What happened once the children arrived in Canada and the resources available for researching British Home Child ancestors will also be discussed.

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