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


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

Search, browse or download the Branch
Branch Library Catalogue
UPDATED April 2019

50 pages, pdf file, 1.85 MB


Search or browse the
library holdings
in the stacks in the

QWPL Online Catalogue

Computerized finding aids can quickly locate ancestors in the library holdings!

Computerized finding aids can quickly locate ancestors in the library holdings!

FIND-IT – Names Index Database   
Updated March 2023, approximately 1.7 million names
Download Update Notice and Backgrounder

Searchable 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


CemSearch Database 
Updated April 2020, includes new cemeteries and a total of 429,126 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 429,126 tombstone inscriptions covering 906 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.

County Twps. Cemeteries Records
Clarington 3 42 19,491 (+2)
Haliburton 11 30 9,502
Hastings & Prince Edward 31 294 (+2) 100,679 (+982)
Lennox & Addington 13 134 30,168
Muskoka District 1 1 494
Northumberland 8 143 103,141 (+4,475)
Peterborough & Victoria 26 139 114,361 (+3,976)
Renfrew 6 23 2,775 (+3)
Ottawa Area 2 (+1) 2 (+1) 686 (+183)
Total 101 (+1) 808 (+3) 381,304 (+9,621)
Note: Numbers in brackets indicate updates from last edition July 23, 2009


The Dr. Brearley Collection
Compiled by Dr. Donald Brearley, these databases are a valuable resource. Visit the “Dr. Brearley Collection” page to download the most recent pdf file.

Physicians in the Belleville Area before 1950 Database  [UPDATED]
Mayors of the City of Belleville 1850-2003 Database
Graduates of Queen’s Medical School to 1920 Database 
Graduates of the Women’s Medical College in Kingston Database 
Graduates of the Ontario Medical College for Women in Toronto Database
Nurses of World War 1 Database
Memorials-Character Sketches of Soldiers from WW1 [UPDATED]
Heroes of Batoche [UPDATED]
Druggists, Chemists and Pharmacies of Belleville [UPDATED]
Belleville Soldiers in the Boer War [NEW]
Midland Battalion of Infantry, Co H in the Riel Rebellion  [NEW]

Dr. Brearley welcomes additional information for any of these databases; he can be contacted at [email protected].

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. As of 2023, OGSPI has been folded into TONI.

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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