Genealogy & Local History


Ancestry Library 

Who will you discover? With the world's largest family history website, start your family tree, browse census records and more @ the GPL. This service is for in-library use only - It is not licensed for at-home use. Get started by clicking the link above.



Grimsby Chautauqua


The Grimsby Chautauqua Portal is a project of the Grimsby Public Library in partnership with the Town of Grimsby, the Grimsby Public Art Gallery and the Local Historical Society and Archives. Funded with support from the Government of Ontario the portal is intended to celebrate Grimsby's rich history as the Chautauqua of the North through the provision and availability of Arts, Heritage, Culture, and Recreation. The Grimsby Chautauqua Collection, an extensive catalogue of digitized archival images, documents and artifacts is fully searchable and can be accessed online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Grimsby Newspaper Name Index

Search the Grimsby newspapers name index for birth, death and marriage announcement from local newspapers. This is a joint project of the Grimsby Public Library and Grimsby Historical Society and Archives.

War of 1812 Bicentennial

Grimsby War of 1812 Bicentennial website: This is the official website of the Grimsby 1812 Committee highlighting Grimsby events and resources.

pdf War of 1812 Booklist: In honour of the War of 1812 bicentennial, the Grimsby Public Library invites readers to delve into the fascinating history and stories of the War of 1812. We’ve selected a broad variety of books of interest to avid historians and novice explorers of all ages. All of the listed titles are available for you to borrow at the Grimsby Public Library.

 Check out the video of the Reenactment of the Engagement on the Forty on June 8, 2014