Digitized Directories Project

Digitized Historical Directories for Waterloo County Now Going Online!

Historical Directories

Grace Schmidt Room Historical Directories

I’m pleased to announce the launch of the Grace Schmidt Room Directories Digitization Project webpage! We’ve started the upload of digitized historical directories for Waterloo County with many more to come.

Thanks go to the Waterloo Regional Heritage Foundation and the Waterloo Region Branch – The Ontario Genealogical Society for their financial support of this project. Volunteer support from Waterloo Region Branch OGS members, Darryl Bonk, Marion Roes and Jon Fear, in memory of local genealogist, Norma Huber, made this project possible. Their countless hours scanning, proof-reading and preparing the digital files was truly amazing. Thanks also to my colleague, Gary Bauman, for his work in making the project accessible to all.

Check back often as this collection grows!

Cheers, Karen


Welcome to Historically Speaking

P9281 (KPL Collection) of King Street West, Berlin, 1912-1916, from intersection of Benton and Frederick Sts.

 Welcome to our new blog, Historically Speaking. I’m Karen Ball-Pyatt. I am the Local History Librarian at the Kitchener Public Library and I’ve been helping people connect to their ancestors and this community since 2006.  Each day in the Grace Schmidt Room of Local History has been an amazing adventure – and I would like to take you on this journey.

In this blog, I will share my discoveries as I navigate my way through the collection and meet with the fascinating people that make up our community – past and present.  This blog will also be a place to share news about programs, services and community events about local heritage and genealogy.

Naturally, I am interested in exploring my own family history too! I will share some stories from my family tree, as well as insights (perhaps more aptly termed “A-Ha” moments) while researching and writing.

I hope that you will join me on this journey – your comments are welcome! Our Terms of Use will help guide you in communicating with us on the blog. Tell me what you are interested in, and do drop by again!