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Genealogy and the library

Genealogy is the study of a person’s family history. Here at the Belleville Public Library we strive to assist family researchers, from beginner to advanced, in their quest to learn more about their ancestors.

Below you will find a list of the resources that the library has that may assist genealogists in their research. You will also find a list of local community organizations and online resources that may be of use as well. If you cannot find what you need, you can also try our Inter-Library loan service and order microfilm from the Archives of Ontario.

If you are unable to visit our library in person, you may request library staff to do some research for you. For more information about this service, please refer to our Fee Based Research page.

We also offer throughout the year a Genealogy 101 Workshop for beginners. Sessions for the upcoming year are listed below.



What resources does the library have?

  • Ancestry Library Edition - FREE access (in-library use only)
  • Belleville History Alive (digitization project - local history collection)
  • Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes (from local newspapers)
  • City Directories (including some 19th century plus 1901-2007)
  • Family Histories A-Z
  • Historical County Atlases
  • Local Author and Local History Books
  • Microfilm:
    • Local Newspapers (c.1846-Present)
    • Belleville and Hastings County Directories (1851-1911)
    • Telephone Directories (1883-1979)
    • UEL Papers and Military Records
    • Surrogate Court Records (c.1793-c.1966)
    • Marchmont Home Records
    • District Marriage Registers (1780-1858)
    • Census Records (c.1842-1911)
    • Ontario Birth Indexes (c.1869-1912)
    • Ontario Marriage Indexes (c.1869-1927)
    • Ontario Death Indexes (c.1869-1937)
  • Telephone Books (1938-2010)
  • Yearbooks (BCI - Belleville Collegiate Institute c.1918-1990)
  • Vertical Files (local history clippings)

Local organizations of interest:

Online resources of interest:
Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes of the Belleville Intelligencer
If you have any questions regarding our genealogy resources please contact our Information Services department at 613-968-6731 x 2237 or