About

Historically Speaking is a blog about the Kitchener Public Library’s Grace Schmidt Room of Local History.  Karen, the GSR Librarian, is excited to be sharing her thoughts with you on her favourite subjects – local history and genealogy.

Discover a wealth of heritage resources: photos, maps, manuscript collections, oral histories, books, directories, yearbooks and atlases.  Gather some tips and tools to conduct your own research.  Peek behind-the-scenes to see recent donations, new projects and planning for events like KPL’s annual Genealogy Fair. Read news from our partners, the Waterloo Historical Society and Waterloo Region Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. Share your comments, or be our guest and share your local history with us!

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    • Hi Nick,
      Thanks for getting in touch. I’ll drop you a line sometime this week. Yes, it’s difficult to believe it has been all those years since I took your Grade 13 Canadian History class at OTHS – well maybe not +40, but definitely +30!
      Cheers,
      Karen

  1. Very excited about the digital directories if I understand correctly. Can I
    Reach out from
    My home base and search a given year. If so, when might this start.

    • Hi Mike, Thanks for your kind words. We are excited too about this project. Each volume has been OCR’d so you are able to search by keyword within the volume. As new volumes are prepared, we’ll be uploading them to the site.
      Cheers, K.

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