Resources in the physical collection

(online resources follow below)

Local interest, local history & genealogy

Learn valley legends, find rural rambles & old-timey tall-tales! Virtual exhibits, local stories, historic photos, walking tours, a life-changing guide to genealogy for beginners, tombstone epitaphs – at the library!

MMPL’s physical collection includes titles about local people & families and materials relating to the histories of the formerly independent Town of AlmonteVillage of Pakenham and Ramsay Township. The majority of materials are located in the Almonte branch, a smaller collection in Pakenham. If possible, call 613-256-1037 (Almonte) or 613-624-5306 (Pakenham) before your visit.

Click here to browse the Local History Collection (much of this material is in-library use only)

Census records are available as well as a complete archive of The Almonte Gazette from 1861 to 2005 on microfiche (also digitalized, 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. No reserves are allowed.

Interested in those “rural rambles” mentioned above? Try this link for some rural & some “urban”!

Local authors

The library tags items written and illustrated by local authors. The tag “local” in the catalogue encompasses Lanark County. To browse local titles, please follow this link to the catalogue.

Online genealogy resources

Lanark County Genealogical Society is a very exciting, very accessible, very local organization. Highly recommended! Click to explore the resources on offer. There are so many!

Also at this site, among many tools, publications and other useful links, is the following highlightThe Life-Changing Guide to Genealogy for Beginner’s in 2023 [An Essential Guide] – broken into six sections – so informative, colourful and fun!

Click here for Ancestry Library Edition
Research your family tree. Ancestry Library Edition is only FREE when accessed at the library.

Family Search provides free online access to records containing over 4 billion names from many countries.  Using FamilySearch from your library allows users to access many digital images of original documents. Access is available at the Almonte branch on public computers or with your own device on library WiFi.

Other online resources & virtual exhibits (most local)

Archives Lanark

Located in Perth ON, the Archives are open only by appointment – click here to get contact information and many more details. Archive holdings include land registry books, cemetery transcripts, census records, books and family histories, voters’ lists, pictorial histories and more.

Almonte Gazette Archive

A searchable archive of the Almonte Gazette is available online courtesy of the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, located in Almonte (Mississippi Mills). 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.

Memories of ’42 – stories of the Almonte train wreck – virtual exhibit

The North Lanark Regional Museum, in Appleton (Mississippi Mills) in partnership with the Virtual Museum of Canada is pleased to offer this virtual exhibit. Access Memories of ’42 here. This exhibit includes audio files, visual images and stories/quotes. This event was one of the worst accidents in Canadian Railway history.

Mississippi Mills municipal website – explore the history page

This site includes information on the area’s historic features, settlement areas & monuments as well as four heritage walking tours in Mississippi Mills. Explore it all, click here. And for Mississippi Mills community profile, demographics and statistical information, click here.

The Mills of Appleton – virtual exhibit

The North Lanark Regional Museum, in partnership with the Virtual Museum of Canada is pleased to offer this virtual exhibit. Access The Mills of Appleton here. This exhibit is a series of 150+ visual slides with descriptions.

1894 Almonte Fair

Almonte Historic Photo Archive

Over 700 historic photos of Almonte and area sites, buildings, people, events. These wonderful photographs were collected by local resident, Michael Dunn, and are all available online thanks to Brent Eades /

The Museums of Mississippi Mills

The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum – Located in the annex of the former Rosamond Wollen Company in Almonte, Ontario. Constructed in 1867, this National Historic Site of Canada now features a blend of the old and new, all related to the history of the Mississippi Valley and the textile industry.

The North Lanark Regional Museum (Appleton Museum) – The museum collects, preserves and celebrates local history and culture. Explore the Museum’s unique collection, discover local history in the research library, and tour a pioneer log cabin.

Restored grist mill, Mill of Kintail

Dr. James Naismith Museum and The R. Tait McKenzie Museum – Located at the Mill of Kintail Conservation Area, learn about the inventor of basketball, Dr. James Naismith. The museum contains pictures and artifacts from Naismith’s past. Robert Tait McKenzie was one of Canada’s best known artists of his time and is a recognized National Historic Figure. His life achievements are celebrated in the grist mill he restored on the grounds of the Mill of Kintail Conservation Area. Both men were born and raised in Mississippi Mills (Almonte & Ramsay).

The Dictionary of Canadian Biography / Dictionnaire biographique du Canada

Browse this awesome resource! To view the 100 biographies most frequently read in English or in French, click on the language of your choice.

The entry for Dr. James Naismith and for R. Tait McKenzie have both been recently updated. Enjoy!

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.