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Local History and Genealogy
FamilySearch Databases
FamilySearch consists of five CD-ROM databases, all created by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon Church). The contents of each database are described below.
The FamilySearch workstation is located in the Local History & Genealogy Room on the fourth floor of the Central Library. It can be booked for one or two-hour sessions by calling 905.884.9288. If an orientation session is required, please contact the Local History Librarian at x320.
The databases are also searchable on the Internet at the FamilySearch Web site at www.familysearch.org.
  • Ancestral File
    This database links individuals into pedigrees showing their ancestors and descendants. It contains genealogical information on millions of individuals from many countries. This source is not as comprehensive as the International Genealogical Index, as it consists entirely of data submitted by family members or researchers.
  • International Genealogical Index
    This database contains millions of vital records, primarily birth, christening, and marriage records for deceased persons. Includes records from as early as 1500 and as current as the early 1900s. The index is divided into two files -- a main file and an addendum. The addendum lists additional names acquired since publication of the main file.
  • Family History Library Catalog
    This disk lists and describes the material in the collection at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. This Library houses material from all over the world and includes census records, birth records, family histories, church registers, and many other record types. Material from the Library may be ordered through interlibrary loan from any of the Church's Family History Centers. Unfortunately the Family History Library does not lend material to public libraries.
  • US Social Security Death Index
    This index contains records of several million deceased people who had social security numbers and whose deaths were reported to the Social Security Administration. The index mainly covers deaths since 1962. However, some records are as early as 1937. Some of the information provided includes birth and death dates, the deceased's place of residence, social security number, and the place where the death benefit payment was sent, which could help in locating living relatives.
  • US Military Index
    This index lists individuals in the United States Military who were declared dead in Korea or Vietnam from 1950 to 1975. Provided are birth and death dates, home residence, race, religious affiliation, marital status, the country where the individual died, the individual's rank, service number and branch of service, and the date when the individual's tour of duty began.
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