The Audrey Brown Local History Collection includes:
In and around Canton by Ethel Farley Bickle
History of the Township of Hope by Harold Reeves
Little tales of old Port Hope by W. Arnot Craick
Port Hope historical sketches by W. Arnot Craick
Port Hope: a history by Ian Montagnes
Hope and its Port – pictorial book work published by the East Durham Historical Society
Bygone days of East Durham – pictorial work published by the East Durham Historical Society
Port Hope Public Library Listing of Newspapers on Microfilm lists holdings in the Library’s microfilmed newspaper collection generously sponsored by the Wladyka Family, Happytown Productions, the Becker family, Northumberland Today and the Ontario Ministry of Culture.
Original copies of local newspaper issues are held for approximately six months, until the microfilm copy is available.
Our excellent genealogy volunteers are working on indexing the microfilmed newspaper collection. Births, deaths, and marriage indices available online at www.alivingpast.ca/.
Here’s what has been indexed or is being worked on:
(1832-1974): (28,000+ entries)
(1975-1980) :are currently being indexed.
Early families of Port Hope – 9 volume set
The genealogy of John Haw, 1821 – 1916
The Hamley, Hambly, Hamlyn group of families by Douglas Hamley
Family histories: Port Hope, Midland, Prince Edward County, Scottish pioneers by Diane C. Hunter
Colonel William S. Marsh of Manchester, Vermont 1738 – 1816 and his descendants to the family of Mary (L’Esperance) Stinton by Bruce C. Stinton
CemSearch database provided by the Ontario Genealogical Society (in-library availability only)
Written cemetery records
Marriage registers of Upper Canada/Canada West, volume 7, part 1 Newcastle district, 1810 – 1848 – compiled by Dan Walker
Marriage registers of Upper Canada/Canada West, volume 7, part 1 Newcastle district, 1848 – 1855 – compiled by Dan Walker
County marriage registers of Ontario, Canada 1858-1869, volume 14, Durham County
County marriage registers of Ontario, Canada 1858-1869, volume 9, Northumberland County
Census microfilm reels for the years 1848 to 1901 for Port Hope and Hope Township – indices available online – www.alivingpast.ca
Provincial and national archival material
The Library offers interlibrary loan services for material from the provincial and national archives, subject to the lending rules of those institutions. Microfilm requests must contain the reel number and, if applicable, volume number for every request. Please allow up to 3 months for delivery of archival microfilm.
Online genealogy resources access available at public workstations within the Library
The Library’s local history and genealogy resources are highly-valued research tools. To ensure their availability for all patrons and visitors, these materials are for reference use in the Library only.