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           For a comprehensive list of our library resources click here. (very large file)

Archival shelving in the MAGRC library.Collections from the estate of the late Marilyn Adams and the 7th Town Historical Society formed the initial library in the Marilyn Adams Genealogical Research Centre (MAGRC). The library holdings have grown exponentially since the opening in August of 1994. The MAGRC is the recipient of generous donations of material, as well as monetary donations, which enable purchases of other items. Donations are always gratefully received and acknowledged.

We have a number of resources available to help with your research. All can be accessed in person, some are available online, and our dedicated volunteers are happy to help you find the information you wish at a very reasonable cost. Research help.

There are 12 main categories of material at the present time and some have several subsections. The following is a brief description for researchers planning a visit. Each category also contains a variety of miscellaneous related items.

Microfilm / microfiche section:
- Birth, Marriage and Death indices of Ontario
- Census records
- The Hawke Papers
- Newspapers (various)
- Tudor & Cashel Township Records (including some Limerick & Wollaston)
- Women’s Institute Tweedsmuir Histories
- Church records (various)
- LDS records (assorted)
- Ontario Land Record Index
- Loyalist Settlement Claims
- Bell Canada telephone directories
CD’s and GEDCOM data section includes varied collections

Donations of over 1,800 genealogies and family histories have made this category one of the most valuable to researchers. The collection is about 70% indexed and this master index is accessible on computers in the research centre, and can be searched online using our Names Database and/or the Heal Database . A search by name displays the library number and page number for the name being researched.  You can print the list of names you wish to research in advance of visiting us.

  • Follow this procedure:  ...on the selected database, do a name search and then click on the small box to select the ones you wish to research;  the names NOT selected will be eliminated from your printed list.  Only the checked names will print.  Print the list.  Bring the list(s) with you to the Research Centre.
  • You can also create and submit a list of the records you would like researched by e-mail.  Our volunteers will photocopy and send the information to you by postal mail. The hourly rate for research is $20. If your request will take longer than 1.5 hours ($30), we will contact you before proceeding.

The history category has many excellent historical publications for:
- Counties of Brant, Bruce, Carleton, Frontenac, Grey, Halton, Haldimand-Norfolk, Hastings, Lanark, Leeds & Grenville, Lennox & Addington, Middlesex, Northumberland, Ontario, Peel, Perth, Peterborough, Prince Edward, Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry, Wellington-Waterloo, and York in Ontario, plus many others.  We are adding more as we continue to grow.
- Geographical areas throughout Ontario, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland and United States
- Places of Worship
- Loyalists
- Lodges and Schools
- Old Militia lists in the Military Section as well as other military records

The reference category contains a broad range of material, including:
- Maps
- Most atlases of Ontario plus our 21st Century collection of Historical Atlases
- Gazetteers
- Geographical Aids
- Research Guides
- How-To Books
- Industry & Technology

The list category contains a large collection of:
- Birth, Marriage and Death information (which predates the beginning of the Ontario Registry in 1869).
- Surname Lists
- Voters Lists
- Immigration Lists
- Passenger Lists

Some census records are in hard copy, and on CD, but the widest selection is available on microfilm.  We have all the available census records of Prince Edward County, Norththumberland, Frontenac, Lennox, Addington, plus others.

The cemetery category includes transcriptions for cemeteries in the counties of Hastings, Prince Edward, Northumberland and Lennox & Addington. Hard copies of transcriptions are on the shelf. Donations of transcriptions for other areas are also on the shelf.

The MAGRC holds a large collection of society periodicals and newsletters. Many other organizations are represented through an exchange agreement. Individuals, who are members of various societies, donate their newsletters from these societies on a regular basis. Many counties in the UK are represented.

Collections of family research have been donated and left intact as research collections. The contents vary in size and content. Notable examples are:
- Hessian Research of Johannes (John) Helmut Merz
- Ruth and Eber Pollard Collection
- Dr. Ethel & Allan Dempsey Collection
- Doug Crawford Cannery Collection
- Ketcheson Research Papers
- Heal Research Papers and Records
- Hubble Research Papers
- Women's Institute Tweedsmuir Histories and Minute Books
- Tripp Research & Klein Papers
- Tudor & Cashel Township Records

The directory category contains a collection of Genealogical Research Directories, a small selection of community directories, a collection of telephone directories, and Bell telephone microfilm directories for Eastern Ontario and parts of the province of Quebec.

The records category contains:
- Account Books
- Family Records from Bibles
- Estate Facts
- Obituaries & Death Notices (thousands that are searchable on the computer database at our research centre).

Hastings County Land Records
The original Hastings County Land Records have been deposited in the MAGRC by the Government of Ontario. These original abstract books are available for researchers. The instruments cover the time period 1867-1955. Click here for opening hours.

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