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Newmarket Public Library has a variety of material to help you in your genealogy research. The collection consists of books, microfilm, and online databases.
If the library does not have specific books or microfilm, materials held at the provincial archives are available through InterLoan interlibrary loan.
The library makes available microfilmed copies of Newmarket newspapers from 1852 until the present. We provide public access to several microfilm readers and digital microfilm scanners.
The genealogy collection is housed on the lower level of the library. Ask one of the friendly staff at the Adult Information desk to assist you if you are not sure where to start.
Ancestry is the world's most popular online genealogy resource. Several significant subsets of Canadian genealogy data, including the fully-indexed 1911 Census of Canada are included. (In Library Access is available for this resource only.)
The Local History collection is located on the library’s lower level. Newmarket’s history from its earliest days as a trading post through the Rebellion of 1837 and its development as an economic and regional centre of education, transportation and industry are chronicled in pictures, pamphlets and books. The Newmarket Historical Society publishes Occasional Papers ranging in topics from the Yonge Street Rebellion to Newmarket’s “ghost canal”. Important local authors include George Luesby, Robert Terence Carter and Ethel Wilson Trewhella.
Local History online
Browse through The Era newspaper’s past. Check out NPL’s digitized issues of Newmarket newspapers from 1852, 1854-1919, 1921-1973; 1975, 1977, partial 1979, 1984, 1988, 2010, with some coverage of the 1980s. The Newmarket Digital Newspaper Project is created and maintained by the Newmarket Public Library.
The Newmarket Gallery database is a growing collection of local history; currently it includes the Visual & Performing Arts (VPAN) scrapbook and the Hagan Collection.