Ottawa Stake Family History Center

1017 Prince of Wales Drive

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Phone: (613) 224-2231

Photo of Prince of Wales Chapel

Driving instructions

Photos of our Center


Ottawa Stake Family History Centre will be offering FREE Family History Classes beginning this Fall. If interested please call and give us your name and email so we can contact you.

Hours of Operation

Sundays and Mondays:


Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays:

Morning 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Afternoon 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm


Evening 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm


Second and fourth Saturdays of the month

Morning 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

First, third and fifth Saturdays of the month:


Local Collection

Items already in our Family History Center in Ottawa are available to anyone at no cost. The following is a short list shows some of our more important resources. Since our collection is fairly large, we have made the database available on-line as a Keyword Search and also as a number checker, so that ordering duplicates can be avoided.

film/fiche number:

The collection may also be viewed as an Exel file (1.6 Mb).

Ordering Microfilms and Microfiches

The Family History Library in Utah loans microfilms and microfiches to its more than 4,500 Family History Centers throughout the world. Films and fiches can be ordered through the FamilySearch Microfilm Ordering Site. Please order carefully, as it is very easy to order a wrong film. Delivery time is usually about five weeks. Films and fiches remain the property of the Genealogical Society of Utah and may not be removed from the Center.

Short Term Microfilm loan: $8.00

Microfilm renewal: $8.00

Extended Microfilm loan: $20.00

Extended Microfiche loan: $5.00

Reserving Equipment

Film readers and computers may be reserved over the phone or in person. There are thirteen microfilm readers, two of which have high magnification lenses for 16mm films. There are two microfiche readers as well. Our Internet-capable computers may be reserved for one hour sessions. A number of commercial genealogy sites can be accessed at no charge through our Family History Library portal.


A microfilm copier is available to make copies from films and fiches. The cost is 10¢ per paper copy, or no charge for images copied to a memory stick. Printing from computers is 10¢ per page. A photocopy from a book is also 10¢. Digital cameras are permitted in the Center as sometimes it is the best way to get a high quality copy.

All copying is restricted to fair personal use. Posting copied images on a website is contrary to the terms that were made when the records were first microfilmed, and may create legal problems for the Church.

Message from Church Headquarters, 18th August, 2011:

Church Headquarters continues to field questions about closing and phasing out Family History Centers. Perhaps these rumors are fueled by consolidation of centers in Utah, or by the online technology trends of FamilySearch. We can unequivocally state that there are no plans to close or phase out Family History Centers. They remain a vital part of the overall plan to use family history as a resource to bless lives and further the work of salvation. While it is true much research can be done online away from centers, the centers remain a place for receiving guidance, and assistance. Also, in many parts of the world access to computers and the Internet is only available in Family History Centers. Their role may be changing but their need has not diminished.


Ana Ghia-Pereira
Genealogical Research in Portugal and Brazil - 2007 (2.5 Mb Powerpoint)
Glenn Wright
Using Canadian Military Records for Family History and Genealogy - 2008 (HTML)
Shirley-Ann Pyefinch
Genealogical Resources in the National Capital Area - 2013 (225 Kb Pdf)
Maximizing LDS Genealogical Information Resources - 2013 (610 Kb Pdf)
Effectively Using FamilySearch handout - 2012 (370 Kb Pdf)
Preserving Your Family History Memories - 2011 (9.5 Mb Powerpoint)
Preserving Your Family History Memories handout - 2011 (22 Kb Word)
An Introduction Into The Usage of PAF - 2009 (5.9 Mb Powerpoint)
Family History Preservation and Conservation - 2008 (9.0 Mb Powerpoint)
Family History Preservation and Conservation - 2008 (4.3 Mb Pdf)
Family History Preservation and Conservation handout - 2008 (97 Kb Pdf)

Link to useful resources

Link to FamilySearch website

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