Ancestry Online is currently available from outside the library. Research your family tree from home.

Local history resources in our branches

“Almonte Faces & Places 1880-1980” click to enlarge/read

Mississippi Mills public library holds a collection by and about local people, which include 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, with a smaller collection in Pakenham. Please call 613-256-1037 (Almonte) or 613-624-5306 (Pakenham) before you visit!

Browse the catalogue of Local History items at the Almonte branch – then visit the branch to read or do some research!

Browse the catalogue of Local History items at the Pakenham branch – then visit the branch to read or do some research!

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.

Click the image above for early MMPL history. The library was est. 1829. 192 years old in 2021!

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, available online thanks to Brent Eades /

1894 Almonte Fair

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.