Port Hope Public Library - Port Hope Branch

Request for Local History and Genealogy Information

Request for Local History and Genealogy Information

Port Hope Public Library is pleased to accept requests for information. To accommodate your requirements, we offer two levels of research for local history and genealogy requests:

  • Simple search service
    If you would like a specific piece of information researched your request must have accurate information and involve very little searching on our part to fall into this category. For example, a request for a copy of a vital statistic, such as a birth, death, or marriage announcement from a newspaper, must include the person’s name, relevant date(s), and page/column number
  • Complex search service
    If you require a more in-depth search, Port Hope Public Library charges an hourly fee regardless of the outcome. Transcripts of each search result will be forwarded to you.

You may send requests:

  • by email
  • or by mail to
    Port Hope Public Library
    31 Queen Street, Port Hope, Ontario, CANADA L1A 2Y8

Please Include:

  • Your name, telephone number, and email or mailing address
  • A self-addressed, stamped envelope if you are requesting printed copies
  • As much information as you can about the subject you are researching - names, dates, locations etc. Please note that we assume researchers have reviewed the information available from our Local History website pages.

Summary of fees:

  • Computer printouts or photocopies - $0.25/page or colour $0.50/page
  • Simple search service - $5.00 per item, pre-paid by Canadian cheque or money order, payable to Port Hope Public Library. An additional fee may apply to international requests.
  • Complex search - $30.00 per hour, regardless of outcome, minimum charge of $30.00. An additional fee may apply to international requests.