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Databases & Finding Aids

Quinte Branch has several databases and finding aids on the computers in the research library in the Quinte Genealogy Centre to assist genealogical researchers to locate specific resources in the library holdings that will further their research. For those unable to visit our library in person, Quinte Branch volunteers can provide Research Help.

Names Index | CemSearch
The Dr. Brearley Collection
Library Finding Aids | OGS Databases

Names Index Database  
Updated June 2016, more than 1.35 million names
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earchable online and accessible on the research library computers, this database is an index to more than one million names included in the hundreds of genealogies, family histories, and pedigree charts deposited in the branch library. Also included in this index are many of the published works in the collection such as cemetery transcriptions, baptism records, business and residential directories, local histories, parish register transcripts, newspapers, surrogate court wills and funeral cards. This computerized finding aid allows patrons to quickly find their ancestors in all of the branch resources, particularly those that don’t already have an associated index. Indexing of the collection is an ongoing project by volunteer members. 
For more information, please refer to:
Using the Names Index Database Finding Aid.

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For more information, please refer to
Using the Names Index Database

Search, browse or download the Branch
Library Catalogue
UPDATED July 2016

49 pages, pdf file, 1.85MB

Search or browse the
library holdings
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QWPL Online Catalogue 

Computerized Finding Aids

Computerized finding aids can quickly locate ancestors in the library holdings

CemSearch Database
Updated March 2011, includes 3 new cemeteries with a total 381,304 records

List of Cemeteries included in the CemSearch Database (PDF file, 20 pages, 187kb)
Accessible on the research library computers, this database has been jointly developed and maintained by the Quinte Branch, OGS and the Lakeshore Genealogy Society in Cobourg. It currently contains 381,304 tombstone inscriptions covering 809 cemeteries in 101 townships in Central Ontario. The database is indexed by surname and maiden name (where known) making it easy to find burials in the coverage area. Contributions are by both OGS and independent societies and include many cemeteries for which published transcripts are not availableThe full Monumental Inscription is included giving more information than other web-based resources and the cemetery can be browsed to look for other family members. The wide area covered by the CemSearch database makes finding the right cemetery for your ancestor in the Bay of Quinte area and Central Ontario quick and easy. The database is updated annually. 








19,491 (+2)





Hastings & Prince Edward


294 (+2)

100,679 (+982)

Lennox & Addington




Muskoka District







103,141 (+4,475)

Peterborough & Victoria



114,361 (+3,976)




2,775 (+3)

Ottawa Area

2 (+1) 2 (+1) 686 (+183)


101 (+1) 808 (+3) 381,304 (+9,621)
Note: Numbers in brackets indicate updates from last edition July 23, 2009

The Dr. Brearley Collection
Physicians in the Belleville Area before 1940 Database
(261 pages, pdf, 2.28 MB) *Updated January 2016 
Compiled by Dr. Donald Brearley, this database includes more than 1,000 character sketches of physicians in the Belleville area (roughly 45 mile radius) in Ontario who graduated before 1940. In 1985, Dr. Donald Brearley began compiling short character sketches of physicians as a centenary project celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Belleville General Hospital built in 1886. These are presented in a searchable PDF file which is organized by community and includes an alphabetical index to the physicians. It has been updated several times.
Mayors of the City of Belleville 1850-2003 Database
(63 pages, pdf, 1.44 MB) *Updated January 2016
Compiled by Dr. Donald Brearley, this database includes 67 biographies of those who served as Mayors of Belleville between 1850 and 2003. Dr. Brearley gathered information about the capable and trustworthy mayors of Belleville over 25 years while compiling research for his pre-1900 Physicians project. This is presented in a searchable PDF file, arranged chronologically according to mayoral service and includes advertisements from 19th and 20th century directories and newspapers as well as an index of the mayors. 
Graduates of Queen's Medical School to 1900 Database

(28 pages, pdf, 471 kb) *Updated January 2016 
Compiled by Dr. Donald Brearley, this database has been released in order to collect corrections and additions. If you have any additional information, please email Dr. Brearley. He will continue to add to this project and hopes to have another 350 names for the last decade (from 1890 to 1900) ready sometime in the spring of 2016.mayors. 
of the Women's Medical College in Kingston
(13 pages, pdf, 506 kb) *Updated January 2016 
With this collection of biographies of the 34 graduates of the Women’s Medical College in Kingston, Dr. Don Brearley has performed a great service for anyone interested in the history of medicine, of women, and of our region. The school operated only from 1883 to 1894, but it was the first college for higher education of women in Canada. Its graduates were true pioneers. Some became missionaries, several married and raised children while maintaining a practice, and all contributed to the well-being of their communities.”
Jacalyn Duffin, Hannah Professor of the History of Medicine at Queen’s University

Dr. Brearley welcomes additional information for either of these databases; he can be contacted at

Other Databases and Finding Aids in the Research Library

  • Name Index for the holdings in the Prince Edward County Archives in Wellington, Prince Edward County, compiled by members of the Prince Edward Historical Society and other community volunteers

  • Wesleyan Methodist Baptisms for Ontario (100,000+ names), a unique index compiled by Bob Dawes for the Quinte Branch, OGS

  • Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid for the Quinte area

  • 1881 Canadian Census Transcription by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 

OGS Indexes Online
The Ontario Genealogical Society also maintains several databases on their website to assist genealogical researchers to locate resources, many of which are located in the research library of the Quinte Branch.

TONI (The Ontario Name Index)
TONI is a name index created with the eventual goal of indexing all the names of all the people who were ever recorded as spending time in Ontario. The index will then link a researcher to where the record(s) of a given name can be found. If the record is available through pay-per-view then the researcher will have instant access to the facts around that name.

Name Index to OGS Publications
To support the mission of the Ontario Genealogical Society to promote genealogical research, the OGS publishing division has developed an index to names contained in genealogy books published by the society. The following books are currently indexed in this database: "A Dictionary of Scottish Emigrants to Canada Before Confederation, vol.1", "Index of Some Passengers who Emigrated to Canada Between 1817 & 1849" and "Index to the Upper Canada Land Books vol.2 - vol.9".

OGSPI (Ontario Genealogical Society Provincial Index)
OGSPI is a hypertext library established in 1997 as a volunteer project to index an unlimited range of genealogical information on Ontario families.

Ontario Cemetery Ancestors, Ontario Cemetery Locator, PPV General Index
Includes names taken from transcriptions of monumental inscriptions, a directory of cemeteries in Ontario, and some non-book, non-name specific items available through the OGS Pay-Per-View site.

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