The Brantford Public Library will answer specific questions about Brant County genealogy and local history from non-residents. We will check indexed resources and photocopy pertinent information. A limited amount of research can be done for each person.

  • The $25.00 fee must be received along with a written request before any research is done.
  • This fee includes 1-20 copies as well as research time and postage.
  • When requesting birth, marriage, and death notices from the Expositor Index, the charge is per page copied not per name.
  • We only accept payment by cheque or money order (payable to the Brantford Public Library).
  • Birth, marriage, and death notices can be sent by regular mail or scanned and emailed once payment has been received.

BPL's Guide to Genealogy Resources

New to genealogy? Don't know what resources are available or where to start looking? BPL's genealogy flowcharts may be able to help.

Click on one of the following topics to see the flowchart. These flowcharts are in PDF format.

Places across Canada and around the globe from which we have received requests.

View Brantford Public Library Genealogy Requests in a larger map.


Birth, Marriage, Death Search Index

The Birth, Marriage, Death Search Index covers births, marriages, and deaths appearing in the Brantford Expositor. Notices for anniversaries, divorces, birthdays, and naturalizations are also included for some years. The index lists the date of the notice not the date of the event. The actual notice is only available on microfilm at the Main Library. Non-residents can request photocopies of notices as outlined above. Click here to view a brief video on using the BMD index.

The Virtual War Memorial for Brantford and the County of Brant

The Album of Honour for Brant County was compiled in 1946 by the Brantford Kinsmen Club to commemorate those of Brantford, the County of Brant and the peoples of the Six Nations who served Canada during the Second World War. From 1939 until 1945, over 6000 men and women of Brant County joined the armed forces. Over 300 never returned. To view the photos and biographies of these brave men who made the ultimate sacrifice please click on the Virtual War Memorial link.

Digital Archives

The Digital Archives is a fully searchable database that includes a wealth of digitized books, biographies, newspapers, school yearbooks and pictorial histories. In addition, the Archives offer an incredible selection of historical photographs. Discover the people, places and events that make our community unique.

This project was funded, in part, by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture through a Library Strategic Development Fund Grant in 2010.

Other Resources

The Library also has the following material in the Local History Room on the lower level of the Main Library:

  • (Available only in the Library)
  • Cemetery transcripts
  • Census records
  • City directories/Telephone books
  • Family histories
  • Newspapers (on microfilm)
  • Ontario Archives Indexes (on microfilm)
  • Genealogy reference books
  • Scrapbooks
  • Vertical Files