Our collection of materials can be accessed at Brodie Resource Library, in the reference room.

Come browse our collections!

Branch member Paul McAlister did a complete inventory, catalogue, and finding aid of the collection in December 2016.  You can download the file or click here to view it!

You are welcome to use the materials during regular library hours – and we’d love to hear from you when you find something! Here’s a quick overview of our collections.

[Please note – we are working on updating the reference numbers to correspond with our updated inventory.  When in doubt, consult the catalogue].

Cemetery records

We have burial indexes for most cemeteries in the Thunder Bay District, as well as many more from northwestern Ontario, southern Ontario, and across Canada.  Click on the link above to see detailed holdings.

In addition, several cemetery transcriptions are for sale and can be purchased by contacting the branch.

OGS members will want to xsearch the TONI index (free as a benefit of membership) for any ancestors buried in Ontario.

Our cemetery coordinator has an extensive collection of gravestone photographs in digital format.  A search with any results, including transcription and photograph, is available. All work is done on a volunteer basis, but we ask that you consider a nominal donation to the branch to help support our continued work.


Census materials

The Thunder Bay District Branch has a microfilm copy of the complete 1851 and 1861 federal censuses.  These can be viewed with the microfilm readers at Brodie Resource Library during regular library hours.

Although census records are now available digitally on Ancestry Library Edition (available at all of the Thunder Bay Public Library locations, free of charge), it is sometimes very helpful to have access to the microfilm.  For example, the digitized image may not be clear, or there may be something laying on top of the record or portion of the record you need to examine.  Sometimes people find it easier to manipulate the physical microfilm when flipping back and forth between sheets to look at neighbours.


Church Records

Includes information about the records, local histories of a number of local churches, and a few parish records that have been published.

Family Histories

Check here to see if the family you are researching has been written about.

Local History

Local history books often mention individuals in their working, civic, religious, or other day-to-day life.  They are also wonderful for helping us to understand the context in which our ancestors lived.

Research aids

Includes guides to research in the area as well as indexes for a number of published books and newspapers.  Great resources!