History & Genealogy

History & Genealogy

Stepping back in time is just a click away!

Whether you’re digging around the roots of your family tree, or trying to unearth other historical information, we can connect you to the documents, images, and maps that will bring the past to life.

Ancestry Library

In Library use only

A family tree takes you back generations—the world’s largest collection of online records makes it possible.

Learn about your ancestors and trace your family tree.

Old fashioned photos with Ancestry Library logo.

Digital Heritage Collection

The Petawawa Public Library Digital Heritage Collection records the stories of Petawawa and the surrounding communities. Includes historical photographs and audio recordings.

Men and women dressed in 1930's attire standing in front of one of Petawawa's early homes.

Canadian County Atlas Digital Project

A searchable database of the property owners’ names which appear on the township maps in the county atlases between 1874 and 1881.

Historical Topographic Map Digitization Project

The Historical Topographic Map Digitization Project provides access to high-resolution map scans of early to mid-20th century Ontario. Project initiated by the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) Geo Community in 2014.

Our Digital World Newspaper Collections

This portal provides access to 200 years of community newspapers in Ontario.

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A picture of book stacks in the youth department of the library.

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Albert Einstein