More than 40 people attended the Doors Open event at our library on Saturday, September 22nd, 2012. Nine volunteers from the Branch were on hand wearing bright yellow t-shirts to greet our visitors. Several publications were on display on tables. Our computerized Surname database was up and running for people to look for Brant County ancestors. Our visitors found family members whose names appeared in our publications. Some just wanted to talk about family stories and events, which are the basis of any genealogy.
Others saw an opportunity to do research for writing on Brant history.
A couple from the southern U. S. who were on a genealogical fact-finding trip found themselves in the midst of all this commotion but were still able to gather a considerable amount of information.
People were surprised to see what a large collection was available for research. They were also pleasantly surprised to see that our library was open to everyone. We are not a closed group – we are here to help and to share information and expertise. We are pleased to see a couple of Doors Open visitors returning to do further research.
So many asked how much we charge for a day of research if they were to return on a day that wasn't Doors Open. OUR LIBRARY RESOURCES ARE FREE FOR EVERYONE - MEMBER AND NON-MEMBER ALIKE TO COME AND DO THEIR FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH. Of course, we are always happy to take a donation.
You are welcome to use our photocopier (we do charge for copies) or you can use your camera to take pictures of whatever you find. We always have volunteers available to help if you need it. There are lots of tables and chairs so you can find a place to spread out and do your research. We have washroom facilites and lots of parking. So, come one, come all. We are open Mondays - Thursdays 10am - 4 pm. And Saturdays from 1pm - 4 pm. We are closed Sundays and all holidays.
Take advantage of the church records, the obits, newspaper articles, cemetery records, the Women's Institute Tweedsmuirs, LDS microfiche, Native American books and so much more.