Resources in our branches

We have a collection of works by and about local people and materials relating to the history of the former Town of AlmonteVillage of Pakenham and Ramsay Township. The majority of these materials are located in the Almonte Branch, with a smaller collection in Pakenham. Call 613-256-1037 before you visit!

Census records are available as well as a complete archive of The Almonte Gazette from 1861 to 2005 on microfiche (as well as digital, see below), church and cemetery records, Women’s Institute scrapbooks, birth, death and marriage records.

These are part of a special non-circulating research collection.

Online resources

Almonte Gazette Archive

A searchable archive of the Almonte Gazette is available online courtesy of the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum. This invaluable resource was digitized in 2012, creating an archive of searchable content online. The archive spans hundreds of years of the Almonte Gazette: 1861 through 2007.

Almonte Historic Photo Archive

Over 700 historic photos on the Almonte website, collected by Michael Dunn.

1894 Almonte Fair

1894 Almonte Fair

Ancestry Online

Access: In library always and *NEW* remotely/at home until 30 June 2021. Access here: Ancestry Online
Ancestry Online is a genealogy research tool that provides access to more than 1 billion names, 3000 databases and primary resources. Ancestry Online covers Canada, the US, UK and some European countries, and has English and French content.

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The Canadian Encyclopedia

The Canadian Encyclopedia is a fact checked information source published by Historica Canada. Over 14,000 articles are available to search on numerous subjects including history, popular culture, events, people, places, politics, arts, First Nations, sports and science. Articles are published in both French and English.

Frontier Life: Borderlands, Settlement & Colonial Encounters

This digital collection of primary source documents helps us to understand existence on the edges of the anglophone world from 1650-1920. Discover the various European and colonial frontier regions of North America, Africa and Australasia through documents that reveal the lives of settlers and indigenous peoples in these areas.