Welcome

Branch Mission

The mission of the Nipissing Branch like that of the parent body is to “encourage, bring together and assist those interested in the pursuit of family history and to preserve our Ontario genealogical heritage.” More specifically the branch collects and creates resources relating to the families who have lived in these Districts. Cemetery transcripts and indexes to the census are just some of the resources which have been created by the members. These resources are for sale at the OGS e-store.

The Nipissing Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society has been serving the Districts of Nipissing, Timiskaming, and Parry Sound since 1979. The changing boundaries of these Districts can be found at the Archives of Ontario’s The Changing Shape of Ontario online exhibit.

Library

The branch’s extensive library collection provides resources for genealogical and family history generally, not just for the local area. The collection is housed in the Joan Duquette Rroom on the second floor of the North Bay Public Library. The Library is staffed on a voluntary basis by members of our branch who are available to help you with your research Wednesday to Friday, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. (subject to the  Public Library’s schedule which takes precedence over our hours). Local records include voters lists, burial records, yearbooks, and much more. For more details, click here.

Meetings

Branch meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month in the Joan Duquette Room in the library (6:45 p.m.), from September to December, and February through June. A short business meeting is followed by a guest speaker or special event. Guests are always welcome and anyone considering a membership is encouraged to attend.

Benefits of Membership

The OGS provides many resources and services to its members and the branches including important lobbying regarding census issues, cemetery closings and other matters of concern to members. Branch membership is therefore linked to OGS membership and new members must join the OGS if they are not already members. To join, use the online form provided on the OGS website. Branch activities are funded from membership fees ($10), donations, 50/50 tickets at monthly meetings, the sale of its books and resources, queries, and other occasional fundraising events.