Researching Your Family History Series


 Researching Your Family History Series

Guelph Public Library – Main 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.


Saturday, April 15, 2023 – Using Geographical Resources to Research your Family History

Resources such as maps, atlases, directories, gazetteers and insurance plans can provide valuable information about your ancestors. Join us on April 15 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm to learn how to find these geographic tools, how they can help in identifying where your ancestor 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.


Saturday, May 27, 2023Researching Using Ancestry Library Edition and Ancestry Subscription

Did you know that you can access Ancestry Library Edition at any of the Guelph libraries without a subscription and at no cost? 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 on May 27 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm 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.