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 and Hours

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St Catharines Ontario Canada Family History Centre
351 Glenridge Avenue
St Catharines, Ontario

Canada                L2T 3K6 

  1. 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).
  2. Go to the single door rear of the building near the satellite dish in the back. Ring bell for admittance.



Open Hours:
Tuesday 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Holiday Schedule:
closed August and 2 weeks at Christmas

Calendar and Events

Upcoming Events

Class Schedule

Staff Training Meetings

Centre Resources


  • Church Records at St. Catharines Family History Centre

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.

Hardware and Equipment

  • 5 computers, 5 film readers, 2 fiche readers, 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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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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