St Catharines Ontario Family History Centre

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FamilySearch This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Centre, a branch facility of the Family History Library.

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Centre Contacts


  • 351 Glenridge Ave, St. Catharines ON, L2T 3K5, Canada
  • We are located on the south side of Glenridge Avenue, approximately one-half large block west of the corner of Glenridge and Glendale Avenues (below the rise of the escarpment).
  • For Google map Location on Google Map ((GPS): N43 9.56574 - W79 14.81244)


Centre Hours

  • Tuesday: 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Calendar and Events

Upcoming Events

Class Schedule

Staff Training Meetings

Centre Resources

Collections at St. Catharines Family History Centre - Books, Films, Fiche

  • FamilySearch Catalog: This centre has the ability to order any of the films and fiche available through the FamilySearch Catalog.
  • Census Records
  • Church Records
  • Civil Registrations and Vitals Statistics

Databases and Software

  • FHC Portal This centre has access to the Family History Center Portal page which gives free access in the centre to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions.


5 computers, 4 microfilm readers (35 mm and 16 mm), 1 microfiche reader, photocopier

Centre Services

1. Family History Centre In-House Resources - table of typical resources found at most, if not all Family History Centres. These resources are all located at our centre.

Staff Research Specialties 

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Terri Wood

Temple and Family History Consultant - Centre

Susan D. Young

Volunteer librarian, Temple and Family History Consultant and British and European Research Specialist. Please see her user page here

Resources in the Local Area

1.Centennial Public Library
Special Collections
68 Church Street, St. Catharines
(905) 688-6103

Our Centennial Public Library has extensive information for the Niagara area; Ontario civil registration indices of birth, marriage and death; province-wide early marriage, baptism, burial and probate  records; extensive collection of local genealogies and much more.

2.James A. Gibson Library,
Brock University,
500 Glenridge Avenue,
St. Catharines, Ontario
(905) 688-5550 Ext. 4335

This special collections' library holds many records for genealogy and historical research of ancestors in the Niagara peninsula including the following collections:

•The Niagara Collection - covering all aspects of life and history in the Niagara area from the earliest times to the present, including the extant St. Catharines Assessment Rolls and the original Land Memorial books for Lincoln County

•The Loyalist Collection - primary source materials for the study of the United Empire Loyalists

•The Masonic Book Collection - one of the largest collections of books on Freemasonry in a Canadian university
•War of 1812 Collections - a repository of 1812 era records, books and newspapers

3.St. Catharines Museum 
1932 Welland Canals Pkwy.
St. Catharines, Ontario
L2R 7K6
Tel: 905.984.8880 or 1-800-305-5134
Fax: 905.984.6910

Our purpose is to collect, preserve, research, exhibit and interpret artifacts and archival records, along with their associated information relative to the history of St. Catharines and the Welland Canals, including

• Girl Guides,
• Fred Pattison Aviation Collection (BCAPT),
• St. Lawrence Seaway,
• family papers,
• marine photographs, 
• Ferranti-Packard, and
• the DeCew Falls Waterworks Collection.

4.Historical Society of St. Catharines

Its mission is to increase the knowledge and appreciation of the history of St. Catharines and vicinity.

5.Mayholme Foundation,
525 Ontario Street,
St. Catharines, Ontario
(905) 934-1173

Mayholme Foundation is a non-profit charitable group dedicated to the study and collection of family history and to preserve the heritage of families in the areas of Old Lincoln and Welland counties and may have information you could use.


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1. City of St. Catharines information for visitors and residents

2. Tourism St. Catharines includes listings for local hotels and motels

3. Victoria Lawn Cemetery - index and photographs of approximately 2077 headstones located in the primary cemetery of St. Catharines.

Volunteer at the Centre

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