We are proud to provide access to the best genealogy and local history resources.

In addition to our online Birth, Marriage and Death Index and our online digital archives, we have listed a number of additional resources below.

You can also enjoy free access to while using a Library computer or the Library's WiFi network. Note - while the library is closed, you can access this at home. Follow these instructions to access from home.


Plus, we can answer genealogy requests for people who live outside of the area.

Genealogy requests

Can I request genealogy information if I am not able to visit the Library?

We will answer specific questions about Brant County genealogy and local history from non-residents by checking indexed resources and photocopy pertinent information. A limited amount of research can be done for each person.

Is there a fee for a request?

The $25.00 fee must be received along with a written request before any research is done.

This fee includes 1-20 copies as well as research time and postage.

When requesting birth, marriage, and death notices from the Expositor Index, the charge is per page copied not per name.

We only accept payment by cheque or money order (payable to the Brantford Public Library).

Birth, marriage, and death notices can be sent by regular mail or scanned and emailed once payment has been received.

How do I request information?

Requests can be made by contacting the Local History Department by email at

Or by mail:

Local History Department

Brantford Public Library

173 Colborne Street

Brantford, Ontario

N3T 2G8

Guide to genealogy resources

New to genealogy? Don't know what resources are available or where to start looking? We have put together genealogy guides and resources to help get you started.

These diagrams provide possible steps to follow as you progress in your genealogical research


A list of books, websites and other resources to help you in your research


Genealogy websites



Surname Searches

Brant County


Ontario BMD Indexes at Public Libraries

Ontario Newspapers Death Notices


Canada Genealogical / Family History Societies

United States

United States Vital Records



Obituaries (International)

Special Interest

Ships' Lists