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Find books, websites and organizations to help you research your family history. Access our AncestryLibrary subscription and learn how to plan your project.


Doing family research can be an exciting yet daunting endeavour, which is why we hope this Guide supports and inspires your research.  Keep checking back for updates.


  • Recommended library books to help you get started or to learn about specific research topics
  • Genealogical databases available to library members like Ancestry Plus and Newspaper Archives
  • Links to archives and genealogical organizations that can assist you in your research.
  • Tutorials for our databases and library handouts to help you in your search

Try these Digital Library services

Ancestry Library Edition

A genealogy site comprising billions of records in over 4,000 databases from Canada, United States, United Kingdom and other European countries. Both beginners and expert researchers can access census, vital, court, church and immigration records, in addition to historical maps and local histories.

Winnipeg Newspaper Archives

This online database contains more than 2 million historical pages from the Winnipeg Free Press and all its earlier titles, such as the Manitoba Free Press. Dating back to 1874, the pages are fully searchable by name, keyword and date, making it easy for you to quickly explore historical content, research your family history, or simply read about a person or event of interest.

Winnipeg Tribune Archives

This database contains entire digitized collection of the Winnipeg Tribune, Winnipeg local paper from 1890-1980. Fully searchable by keywords and dates, this is an excellent resource for local events and personalities not covered in the Winnipeg Free Press.

Newspaper Archive

Discover the stories of the past with, the world's largest online newspaper archive. Search the archives of a wide variety of newspapers from across Canada, including newspapers from 32 communities in Manitoba. Coverage includes Winnipeg Free Press (1872-2016), Brandon Sun (1884-2016), Dauphin Herald (1899-2014), Steinbach Carillon (1946-2014), Portage La Prairie Leader (1946-1961) and many more.


You can borrow useful electronic books by signing on Overdrive and typing in the search bar "online genealogy".

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