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Ancestry - Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition (ALE) provides unprecedented access to family history via documents that record the lineage of over 5 billion individuals.  Access records from Canada, the United States, parts of Europe and around the world, including census records, military documents, parish records, immigration documents, newspaper and other published sources, wills, and other family trees. 


FamilySearch is a non-profit organization which provides access to an extensive collection of genealogy records, and is dedicated to connecting families across the generations. The North Bay Public Library is pleased to be one of the many affiliate libraries for this service.

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Canadian Encyclopedia

The Canadian Encyclopedia and its related resources present the most comprehensive and authoritative general Canadian reference work available for students and teachers simply looking for verification of facts, or seeking broader descriptions, interpretations and ideas of all things Canadian. Millions of facts can be searched through the powerful search engine or browsed through the Subject Indexes. The many quizzes, games, links to other resources or the vast storehouse of multimedia are all appropriate for use in the classroom. Owing to its support by Canadian Heritage and by the Historica Foundation, The Canadian Encyclopedia will continue to be made available free of charge.

Geology Ontario

GeologyOntario provides access to all Ontario Geological Survey maps, reports and datasets and over 75,000 private sector Assessment Files, as well as data on mineral occurrences, surface and underground drilling, lithogeochemical results and abandoned mines information for the province of Ontario.

Service Ontario

ServiceOntario is your connection to Ontario government services. Visit to find more about your online service options.