Past Events

Loyalist Education


Projects & Presentations

Branch Library

Branch History

Proven Ancestors

In Memoriam

Loyalist Symbols

Loyalist Resources

Membership & Contact

Sir Guy Carleton Branch Library


On this page, you will find the following information:


History of the Sir Guy Carleton Branch Library

Read about our journey: The creation and evolution of the Sir Guy Carleton Branch Library is available as a PDF document.


Branch holdings

Our non-circulating collection holds a variety of information such as family histories, census records, county atlases, local history, military history and the United Empire Loyalists (UELs). Our information on UELs is not just local, but spans across Canada, the United States and Britain.

To get a sense of the breadth of the information we hold, you can view our various materials by clicking on the links below.

• Library Holdings

This is a PDF document entitled Library Holdings as of January 2024 [73-page PDF]

• Inventory of Maps and Posters

This is a PDF document entitled Inventory of maps and posters as of February 2023 [6-page PDF]

• Periodicals List

This is a PDF document entitled Periodical list as of January 2024 [3-page PDF]

• Compact Discs (CDs)

There are several CDs available in the SGC Branch library for public use. You will need to have a disc reader on your laptop in order to use the CDs as external drives are not provided for this purpose. The CDs are:

• Online Databases

The SGC Branch website has two online databases available for public use. The two separate databases with search functionality are:

A description of these databases can be found on the Branch Projects & Presentations page.


Archives and Artefacts

Under development

Several of our members donated not just their own personal libraries, but their project notes and other ephemera relevant to UEL studies.  These items will be contained in an Archives to be created in the near future.  Relevant items include Mr. John Ruch's project notes on the King's Name Project.


Location and Use of the Collection

You do not need to be a member to access our collection – it is open to all researchers.  In fact, you not only have access to our collection at the Central Archives, James K. Bartleman Centre, but in the same reference room are the collections of:

The reference room where our collection is held is located at:

Central Archives, James K. Bartleman Centre
100 Tallwood Drive,
Ottawa, ON
K2G 4R7

Hours of operation:

Tuesday to Friday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday and Monday: Closed

Plan your visit by first reading the City of Ottawa Archives information.

If you have any questions or concerns about the reference area, please use one of the following contact methods:


Other Essential Local Resources

Information is often held by a variety of sources. In order to facilitate your research and augment the information that you may find in our collection, please consider the sources below:

• Loyalist Resource Centre

The Loyalist Resource Centre, a treasure trove of Loyalist and genealogical resources, is operated by the St. Lawrence Branch in Iroquois ON. Genealogists are on site available to help researchers with UE certificate applications and other inquiries.

You must make an appointment to use these facilities.

• Goulbourn Museum

To further your primary research for persons in Carleton County, information such as tax records, birth, marriage and death records, letters, and postcards can be accessed through the Goulbourn Museum.   Contact staff by phone at (613) 831-2393 or through their online form.

Goulbourn Museum also hosts a collection on the Ottawa Museums and Archives Collections website. Choose “Goulbourn Museum” to view their online collection.

• McGill University Carleton County Online Maps

To reference detailed information about Carleton County, Belden’s detailed map shows the various townships/original owners. The townships listed are:

  1. Fitzroy
  2. Gloucester
  3. Goulbourn (includes map of Britanniaville and part of lot 35, 1st concession Ottawa Front)
  4. Gower North (includes maps of the villages of Long Island, Janeville, Cyrville and Bayton, along with Stittsville, Aston, Rideauville, lot 36 in the 1r concession Ottawa Front)
  5. Huntley
  6. March
  7. Marlborough
  8. Nepean
  9. Osgoode
  10. Torbolton

A search can be performed using the index of people or by using the independent search function at the bottom of the page.

• Rideau Archives

The Rideau Archives collection concentrates on the townships of Marlborough and North Gower. Contact them at (613) 489-2926 or via email at rideauarchives@ottawa.ca

• Gloucester Research Centre

The Gloucester Research Centre has resources about the Township of Gloucester. To book an appointment, please call (613) 822-2076 (answering machine, your call will be returned).

• Ottawa Museums and Archives Collections

The Ottawa Museums and Archives Collections is an online searchable database. It contains items from various community museums.

For more information, view their entire online collection at ottawa.minisisinc.com

• Ottawa Heritage, History of Ottawa’s French-speaking Community, Historical Societies and Heritage Organizations 

These organizations may be able to provide more help in your research. Visit ottawa.ca/en/arts-heritage-and-events/heritage for more information.



Our branch collection grows based on donations of items such as family histories, books, maps, and other items relevant to preserving and maintaining our UEL heritage. And researchers have more access to materials that will help them with their projects.

If you are interested in making a donation, please contact the Sir Guy Carleton Branch librarian/archivist, at sgclibrarianarchivist@gmail.com with the phrase “Possible Donation” in the subject line.

Note that as a non-profit organization, we cannot issue tax receipts for any donation received.


Duplicates Looking for a Home

If the branch receives a donation that we cannot share with our partner libraries, the description of the item will first be placed on our homepage, then archived here until a new home is located for it. An item may be sold to raise money for the branch (at a reduced rate), raffled off or given away depending on the condition of the item.

If you are interested in any item listed, please contact the Sir Guy Carleton Branch librarian/archivist at sgclibrarianarchivist@gmail.com with the title of the item in the subject line.

• Freebies

The SGC Branch has several Freebie items that were donated that don't fit into our regular collection.

They are ideal for those doing genealogy research and family trees for those with connections to the United Kingdom. These items – charts and booklets - are free to a good home.

• For Sale

Under development


Contact us

To contact the Sir Guy Carleton Branch librarian/archivist, please send an email to sgclibrarianarchivist@gmail.com.