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Genealogy and Family History Room

Important Notice: Reopening of Library and Archives Canada Public Research Areas

The Genealogy and Family History room is located on the 3rd floor.

Service and Opening Hours

You will find:

  • research tools such as census indexes, atlases, reference books and finding aids
  • computers providing access to the Internet, collection catalogue and LAC genealogical databases
  • free wireless Internet access

The staff of the Genealogy and Family History helps users make the most of the Library and Archives Canada (LAC) collection. They provide, for example:

  • the opportunity to consult with a professional
  • tips and advice on how to conduct genealogical research using different types of records and publications in various formats
  • help in using research tools
  • help in consulting specialized genealogical databases
  • referrals to other special LAC collections

For more information about genealogy at Library and Archives Canada, consult the Web pages of the Genealogy and Family History.

It is possible to consult church indexes, census indexes, family histories and other types of publications from Library and Archives Canada's (LAC) collection through the interlibrary or inter-institutional loan service.

Reference Collection records must be consulted on-site at 395 Wellington Street in Ottawa. They cannot be borrowed through the interlibrary or inter-institutional loan service.