St. Thomas Public Library has an extensive historical collection, with access to extensive online records. Whether you are researching the history of a place, business, or family, the George Thorman Room is an excellent place to start.

When you’re ready to build your family tree, check out our list of online genealogy tools for researching, storing, sharing or collaborating on your work online.

If you have any questions, please ask at the Information Desk in the Adult Department and a staff member will be pleased to assist you. You can also call us at 519-631-6050 or email us.

The George Thorman Room

Located on the second floor and accessible by stairs or elevator, the George Thorman Room, named for one of our greatest local historians, houses a varied collection of materials pertaining to the history of St. Thomas and Elgin County. Items in the collection include:

  • Newspapers
  • City Directories
  • Railroad Collection
  • Many other materials

An Internet workstation is available on the desk in the George Thorman Room. Several genealogical sites have been bookmarked and can be quickly accessed by clicking “Favorites” on the top of the screen. AncestryLibrary is a subscription database. It is available on this computer and on the Internet workstations on the main floor.

Some of the publications housed in The George Thorman Room are also available in the circulating stacks on the main floor. If you are a first-time researcher, you may wish to locate a book on genealogical techniques and procedures that can be helpful when conducting genealogical research.

The room is open during regular library hours, Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. An Information staff member will be pleased to assist you if you have any questions.

Local history materials are not allowed to circulate, but photocopying is permitted.

You can find more information about George Thorman here!

Using the microfilm readers
Using the indexes
Illustrated Histories & Timellines
Railroad Collection
Other Resources

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