Local History & Genealogy

The Welland Public Library maintains a collection of materials focusing on the history of the City of Welland and surrounding area of the former Welland County. The collection consists of a wide range of published materials, such as books, maps, government publications, documents, newspaper clippings, directories and indexes.

Genealogy Database An index of surnames from local sources. Further genealogical information may be obtained by contacting the Welland Public Library.

Welland Canal History (https://olco NULL.ent NULL.sirsidynix NULL.net/client/en_US/welland/search/results?qu=welland+canal&te=ASSET) Access an extensive collection of Welland Canal historical photographs and newspaper clippings available in the Local History collection of the Welland Public Library.

Industry & Ethnic History of Welland (http://localhistory NULL.welland NULL.library NULL.on NULL.ca/industry/Index NULL.html) This site chronicles the development of Welland’s industrial and ethnic history.  It includes over a thousand rare historical photos and full text documents.

Other Resources

Colonel John Butler (Niagara Branch), United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada (http://www NULL.coljohnbutleruel NULL.com/), an organization with a strong focus on the United Empire Loyalists, those people who remained loyal to the British during the American Revolution and who came to Canada during and immediately following that war.

Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid (http://ocfa NULL.islandnet NULL.com/), a database of over 2 million internments in Ontario.

Ontario County Atlases (http://digital NULL.library NULL.mcgill NULL.ca/countyatlas/) The County Atlas Digital Project is a searchable database of the property owners’ names which appear on the township maps in the county atlases. Township maps, portraits and properties have been scanned, with links from the property owners’ names in the database.

Ontario Genealogical Society’s Niagara Peninsula Branch (https://niagara NULL.ogs NULL.on NULL.ca/%20)contains information about cemeteries in the Niagara Peninsula.

Contact Us

Contact us (info null@null wellandlibrary NULL.ca) with your local history question.