This month we are looking at Libraries and Archives. So lets start with the one I visit the most the Archives of Ontario. Unfortunately you will not find any records online at this archive. You can search their online database and they have some online exhibits that are useful. They also have online guides to some of the records you can find there.
Library and Archives Canada have many databases to search for free and you can find them through the Genealogy and Family History section.
The United Church of Canada Archives can help you find what church records are available for your research location. Don’t forget they hold some Methodist, Congregational and Presbyterian records. The United Church of Canada wasn’t formed until 1925.
The Provincial Archives of New Brunswick have many digital records online.
The British Columbia Archives have searchable indexes online.
Check out the Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive.
What can you find at the Dublin City Library and Archives?
Learn about archives in Ireland
Go down memory lane with the Mitchell Library in Glasgow Scotland.
What can you find in the Scottish Screen Archive?
Can you find anything in A2A (Access 2 Archives) relating to your family?
Were your ancestors involved with the Scouting movement in Great Britain?
What can you find in the World Digital Library?
Have you searched the Archival Research Catalog (ARC) at the National Archives in the United States?
What can you find at the Allen County Public Library?
What can you find at the Family History Library? Try searching beyond the catalogue to see what is new at FamilySearch.
Looking for an image of Australia? Try the National Library of Australia’s Picture Australia which is now hosted by Trove.
The National Archives of Australia can help you learn more about researching your family in Australia.
Project Gutenberg Australia is “a treasure-trove of literature” and you will find many free books under the topic of Australiana.
When you check out the library website don’t just look at family history check to see what local history has to offer. The Auckland City Libraries in New Zealand have some interesting information.
The National Library of Wales has quite a few online databases for you to search.
The Archives of Wales don’t have any online databases but they have a very good how to section for Welsh family history.
Internet Archive is a great online library to help you with your research and they offer a lot more than books.
Can’t find a book in your local library? Have you tried WorldCat? Maybe you can get it through inter-library loan.
Project Gutenberg covers many countries. See what you can find here.
Check out the blogs on offer through the British Library.
The National Library of Ireland has a blog.
Check out the different digital collections you can find at the Library of Congress.
Using the National Library and/or Archives websites can provide access to some free databases to help you with your research.
Always go to the website of the National Library and Archives for the country you are researching. They may have a page or PDF dedicated to helping people who are researching their family history and digital databases that may help you.
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