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Research & Services

​​​​​​​​​​Service Interruption Notice:​​

The Simcoe County Archives is closed to the public until further notice.

​​Archives' staff are ​available by email -- archives@simcoe.ca -- during our regular office hours of Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

​New Resource - Historical Research from Home​

​​Are you a teach​er, parent, or student learning about Simcoe County's history from home?  ​​​

​Staff at the Simcoe County Archives have compiled a list of online resources​ to help you learn about the people, schools, organizations, businesses, and events that form the history of our ​communities.​

There is both an online version and a printable edition​.

​What records do you hold?

The Simcoe County Archives collects, preserves, and makes available the documentary history of the County of Simcoe.

Records are deposited at the Archives by:  the County of Simcoe, its lower-tier municipalities, and the City of Barrie, as well as by private organizations, businesses, families, and individuals.

Collections include: County and Municipal Council agendas and minutes, tax assessment rolls, genealogical records, newspapers, photographs, maps, directories and gazetteers.

How can I access your records?​

As records are processed, descriptions are entered into the Archives' Descriptions Database.  The database is uploaded nightly into the searchable ​Online Database.

Highlights selected from recently processed records will also be posted on our Collections Highlights page.​

Selected records are also featured in the Archives' Blog, and Online Exhibits​.

Minutes of meetings of Simcoe County Council, 1846-1952 are also available for online research.  Link to County Council Minutes.

Pre-COVID-19 Lockdown Information re. Research & Services​

Hours of Operation (pre-lockdown)

The Simcoe County Archives is open to the public

     Tuesday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

The Archives remains closed on all statutory holidays.

Archives' staff can be reached by email and phone Monday to Friday, 8:30-4:30 at archives@simcoe.ca or 705-726-9331.​ 

​In-person Research (pre-lockdown)

​In-person research is still possible and is welcomed by Archives staff. In fact, it is strongly recommended.

The Archives employ a full-time Reference Services Coordinator who will help you make the most of your time at the Archives. The only fees you will pay during an in-person visit are for any copying you might need. 

Distance Research

Distance research inquiries are not undertaken by Archives staff.

For those unable to come to the Archives to undertake research, we recommend engaging the services of a researcher for hire.  

Where to find researchers. 

The Archives does not curate a list of researchers and does not vouch for, endorse, or recommend any specific third-party researcher(s) or the quality of their work. Please be aware that fees charged by researchers are for undertaking the research; results are not guaranteed.

More Information

For more information please contact the Simcoe County Archives (https://www.simcoe.ca/dpt/arc):

Email: archives@ simcoe.ca  

Telephone: 705-726-9331 or 705-726-9300 ext. 1287

Toll free: 1-866-893-9300 ext. 1287 

1149 Highway 26

Minesing ON  L9X 0Z7



Descriptive Finding AidsDescriptive Finding Aids<p>​Following is a list of descriptive finding aids for records in the custody of the Simcoe County Archives. When you visit the Archives, the Finding Aid will be your primary research tool. It will identify the person or group primarily responsible for the creation or assembly of the records, the dates of creation, and will provide a physical description of the records. It may also provide an administrative history or biographical sketch (information about the creator of the records), a custodial history, and information relating to the general contents, nature and scope of the material. The level at which the actual records are described (item, file, series, etc.) may vary from one finding aid to the next.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="/Archives/Documents/Descriptive%20Finding%20Aids%202015-07-14.pdf">Descriptive Finding Aids</a><br></p>
Rules for ResearchersRules for Researchers<div class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px;text-align:center;"> <img alt="Archives Reading Room" src="/Archives/PublishingImages/Pages/rules/archives%20reading%20room.jpg" />​ <br> <span style="font-size:64%;">Archives Reading Room</span> </div><p> We look forward to welcoming you to the Simcoe County Archives, Ontario's first, and one of its finest, regional archives. Some of you planning a visit to our facility may be coming some distance. In order to help you get the most out of your day with us, please visit our Guide to Genealogical Research (for those of you conducting family <span id="DeltaPlaceHolderMain"></span>history research) and our Titles of List of Descriptive Finding Aids, in order to familiarize yourself with our holdings.<br><br>In addition, please be aware of the following general rules for researchers, and prepare accordingly:</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>General Rules for Researchers</strong><br></p><p>The Archives is open to the public from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.</p><p>All researchers must be out of the building at 4:00 pm.</p><p>Retrieval of records and photocopying services may be restricted during the lunch hour and end for the day at 3:30 pm.<br></p><p>All outstanding fees must be paid before 4:00 pm.<br></p><p>No food or drink is allowed.</p><p>The Archives is not a lending library.<br></p><p>Original records will not be made available if microfilm or digital copies are available.<br></p><p>The Seminar Room is where staff take their lunch breaks. Please be considerate of their personal time between 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm. A picnic table to the west of the Archives and the Lounge at the Museum next door are available to researchers.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Handling Archival Records</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;">No pens or inks. All notes are to be taken with a pencil.</p><p style="text-align:left;">Ensure that your hands are clean and dry before handling paper records.<br></p><p style="text-align:left;">Cotton gloves must be worn when handling photographic and film material.<br></p><p style="text-align:left;">Do not lean on or otherwise apply pressure to archival records.</p><p style="text-align:left;">All records are to be kept flat on the table.<br></p><p style="text-align:left;">Documents are to be kept in the order in which you receive them.</p><p style="text-align:left;">Personal copiers and scanners are prohibited. Scanning and copying services are available.<br></p><p style="text-align:left;">Digital cameras may be used with prior permission to photograph records if the flash is disabled and the camera is silent. If you are photographing graphic material, you will be required to sign an Agreement for Use of our collection.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>If you have any questions, please ask a staff member.</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;">Thank you, and we hope you enjoy a productive day with us!<br></p>
Policy on CopyingPolicy on Copying<div class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="text-align:center;"> <img alt="Picture of unidentified woman" src="/Archives/PublishingImages/Pages/copying/unidentified%20woman.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:150px;height:235px;" /> <br> <span style="font-size:64%;">Unidentified Woman​</span> </div><p>​Simcoe County Archives recognizes that photocopying is a great asset for researchers, and will make every effort to provide the highest quality service possible. Preservation concerns, however, must balance researcher needs against the physical needs of the collection. Reproductions will be made at the discretion of the Archivist. The decision to copy or not (and via which process) will be based on legal requirements (such as copyright and donor restrictions), the physical condition, value and format of the records, and the technical limitations imposed by available copying processes.</p><p>Items which might not be copied include extremely brittle paper that cannot withstand physical manipulation, tightly bound volumes, material in rare books or fine bindings, oversize items which would require excessive manipulation to acquire a complete image, or scrapbook pages with partially-adhered items. Repeated copying, especially of photographic material, will be avoided.</p><p>Researchers should also recognize, that depending upon the volume and/or condition of the requested material, copying may not be immediately available, and may have to be forwarded upon completion. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.</p>
Guide to Genealogical StudyGuide to Genealogical Study<p><a href="/Archives/Documents/SCA-Guide-to-Geneaology_2021.pdf" title="A Guide to Family history research" target="_blank">​​​A Guide to Genealogical Stu​dy at the Simcoe County Archives</a>​<br></p><p><br>To view this guide, you will require software capable of reading pdf files. <a href="http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html">Adobe Acrobat Reader</a> is available for free on Adobe's website.​<br></p>
Locating ResearchersLocating Researchers<p>​After March 31st, 2019, the Simcoe County Archives will no longer be providing distance research services to distant researchers. </p><p>We strongly recommend coming to the Archives to undertake research in-person. If that is not possible, please contact one of the following organizations to locate a researcher who may be able to undertake your research for a fee.</p><ul><li><a title="Simcoe County Branch Ontario Genealogical Society research services" href="https://simcoe.ogs.on.ca/research-services/">Simcoe County Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society</a></li><ul><li>Genealogy only</li></ul><li><a title="Ontario Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists" href="http://ocapg.org/">Ontario Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists</a></li><li><a title="Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals" href="https://cahp-acecp.ca/">Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals</a></li><li><a title="Archives of Ontario list of Genealogical Researchers in Ontario pdf" href="http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/en/access/documents/customer_service_guide_111_genealogical_researchers.pdf">Archives of Ontario list of Genealogical Researchers in Ontario</a> [PDF]</li><li><a href="https://www.orillia.ca/en/visiting/leacock-museum-and-national-historic-site.aspx">The Leacock Museum and National Historic Site</a></li><li><a href="http://www.orilliapubliclibrary.ca/en/aboutus/genealogylocalhistory.asp">The Orillia Public Library</a></li><ul><li>Genealogy only, and only in OPL collections and internet resources</li></ul></ul><p>The Archives does not curate a list of researchers and does not vouch for, endorse, or recommend any specific third-party researcher(s) or the quality of their work. Please be aware that fees charged by researchers are for undertaking the research; results are not guaranteed.</p>
Municipal Archives in OntarioMunicipal Archives in Ontario<p>​​​In 2008 the Municipal Archives Interest Group of the Archives Association of Ontario published the fourth edition of a <em>Directory to Municipal Archives in Ontario</em>​.  ​Much of the information it contained​ is now outdated, and new municipal archives have since been established.  Nevertheless, researchers may yet find of use the list of archives that were included in the <em>Directory</em>, as well as the ​index to the location of records transferred to those archives​ from​ more than 700 current and former municipalities located in Ontario.​<br>​​<br></p><p> <a href="/Archives/Documents/ARC%20-%20Directory%20of%20Municipal%20Archives%204th%20ed%20revised%202012-05-16.pdf" target="_blank">Directory to Municipal Archives in Ontario</a></p><p> <br>To view this guide, you will require software capable of reading pdf files. <a href="http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html">Adobe Acrobat Reader</a> is available for free on Adobe's website.<br></p>
Historical Research from HomeHistorical Research from Home<p>​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​<a href="/Archives/PublishingImages/2001-19_Ferndale%20School-ca_1902_1080.jpg" title="Ferndale School, ca. 1902" target="_blank"><img src="/Archives/PublishingImages/2001-19_Ferndale%20School-ca_1902_480.jpg" alt="Ferndale School, ca. 1902" class="ms-rtePosition-4" style="margin:5px 90px;width:428px;height:327px;" /></a> </p><p style="text-align:center;"> <span style="font-size:0.714em;text-align:left;">​​​2001-19 Ferndale School, ca. 1902   Copyright​​:  Public Domain</span><br></p><h4>​​​​​​Are you a teach​er, parent or student learning about Simcoe County's history from  home?  ​​​Staff at the Simcoe County Archives have put together a list of on-line resources​ to help you learn about the people, schools, organizations, businesses, and events that form the history of our ​communities.</h4><p> <a href="/Archives/Documents/SCA-Online_resources_historical_research-rev-2020-10.pdf">Print vie​w</a>​​<br></p><h1>​​​Resources for Historical Research</h1><div><div>​ <h2>Simcoe County​<br></h2><h3>Simcoe County Archives​<br></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">The Simcoe County Archives offers a great wealth of information about the history of Simcoe County. Search and browse the collections descriptions through the online database, read blog posts and view exhibits. Learn about the Simcoe County Archives itself or, by searching the <em>Simcoe County Remembers</em> database, about the men and women who served in WWI. </p><ul><li> <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=45666d09-7c4a-4b78-956e-9ff972d5a3ab" title="Main Page" target="_blank">Main Page</a><br></li><li> <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=49f386df-e50a-40cd-ae38-cb6749416df6" title="Search the Collections​" target="_blank">Search the Collections​</a><br></li><li> <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=ba64aa42-c922-437c-9f96-5e064fad2311" title="Simcoe County Council Minutes" target="_blank">Simcoe County Council Minutes</a><br></li><li> <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=c971950d-ee58-4bbb-b1e6-cd5f32b06c61" title="Exhibits" target="_blank">Exhibits</a><br></li><li> <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=574795c2-368e-477d-a917-566b0240fe35" title="Blog" target="_blank">Blog</a><br></li><li> <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=8039b373-5bb4-45f8-b028-724f31461832" title="Simcoe County Remembers​" target="_blank">Simcoe County Remembers​</a>​</li></ul><h3>Simcoe County Museum<br></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">The Simcoe County Museum comes into your home for online learning and fun during COVID-19.<br></p><ul style="text-align:justify;"><li> <a href="https://museum.simcoe.ca/" title="Simcoe County Museum​" target="_blank">Simcoe County Museum​</a><br></li><li> <a href="https://museum.simcoe.ca/family" title="Simcoe County Museum from Home" target="_blank">Simcoe County Museum from Home</a><br></li></ul><h3>Simcoe County Geographical Information Systems – Interactive Story Maps<br></h3><p>Tour the war memorials and historic sites of Simcoe County through interactive story maps.<br></p><ul><li> <a href="http://maps.simcoe.ca/StoryMaps/WarMemorial/" title="Simcoe County Maps - War Memorial" target="_blank">Simcoe County Maps - War Memorial</a></li><li> <a href="http://maps.simcoe.ca/StoryMaps/HistoricSites/" title="Simcoe County Maps - Historic Sites​" target="_blank">Simcoe County Maps - Historic Sites​</a><br></li></ul><div> <br> </div><h2>Local History Resources <br></h2><h3>Internet Archives – A History of Simcoe County by Andrew F. Hunter</h3><p>Originally published in 1909, the two volumes of Andrew F. Hunter's <em>A History of Simcoe County</em> continue to be the go-to resources for the history of early Simcoe County.  The first volume covered the Simcoe County's public affairs, while the second detailed the histories of the pioneers.</p><ul><li> <a href="https://archive.org/details/historyofsimcoec01huntuoft/page/n6/mode/2up" title="A History of Simcoe County Volume One ​" target="_blank">A History of Simcoe County Volume One ​</a><br></li><li> <a href="https://archive.org/details/historyofsimcoec02hunt/page/n6/mode/2up" title="A History of Simcoe County Volume Two" target="_blank">A History of Simcoe County Volume Two</a><br></li></ul><h3> <a href="https://simcoecountyhistory.ca/" title="Simcoe County Historical Association" target="_blank">Simcoe County Historical Association</a> </h3><p style="text-align:justify;">This site provides links to many blogs​​​​​, archived newsletters of SCHA, and links to history websites for further research.</p><h3> <a href="https://simcoe.ogs.on.ca/" title="Simcoe County Branch, Ontario Ancestors (Ontario Genealogical Society)" target="_blank">Simcoe County Branch, Ontario Ancestors (Ontario Genealogical Society)</a></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">The Simcoe County Branch of Ontario Ancestors brings together and assists those interested in the pursuit of genealogy and family history in Simcoe County. Browse collections held by the Barrie Public Library, a settler database, and links to township and cemetery maps.</p><h3> <a href="https://static.torontopubliclibrary.ca/da/pdfs/706129.pdf" title="1837 Directory of Toronto and the Home District" target="_blank">1837 Directory of Toronto and the Home District</a><br></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">PDF of <em>The City of Toronto and the Home District Commercial Directory and Register for 1837</em>.  (The Home District included parts of what is now Simcoe County)<br></p><h3> <a href="https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/search.jsp?N=38537&searchPageType=vrl&Ntk=Subject_Search_Interface&Ntt=Simcoe+%28Ont.+:+County%29--Directories&view=grid&Erp=20" title="Toronto Public Library - Directories of Simcoe County" target="_blank">Toronto Public Library - Directories of Simcoe County</a><br></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">Digital Archive of directories from Simcoe County from various years.</p><h3> <a href="https://epe.lac-bac.gc.ca/100/206/301/lac-bac/jesuit_relations-ef/jesuit-relations/h19-151-e.html" title="The Jesuit Relations and the History of New France" target="_blank">The Jesuit Relations and the History of New France – Reuben Gold Thwaites Translations</a><br></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">This site offers a digital version of <em>The Jesuit Relations and allied documents</em>: travels and explorations of the Jesuit missionaries in New France, 1610-1791: the original French, Latin, and Italian texts, with English translations and notes.</p><h3> <a href="http://news.ourontario.ca/Barrie/search" title="Barrie Historical Newspaper Archive" target="_blank">Barrie Historical Newspaper Archive</a> </h3><p style="text-align:justify;">Search and browse past issues of Barrie newspapers.</p><h3> <a href="http://archives.bradford.library.on.ca/" title="Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library Archives " target="_blank">Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library Archives </a> </h3><p style="text-align:justify;">The Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library's digital collection provides access to a variety of records including <a href="http://archives.bradford.library.on.ca/index.php/vital-statistics-2" title="Vital statistics" target="_blank">vital statistics</a>, newspaper articles, and photographs.</p><h3> <a href="https://www.collingwoodpubliclibrary.ca/client/en_US/cwood/?rm=TEST+LOCAL+HIS0%7c%7c%7c1%7c%7c%7c1%7c%7c%7ctrue" title="Collingwood Local History and Genealogy" target="_blank">Collingwood Local History and Genealogy</a> </h3><p style="text-align:justify;">An overview of the Collingwood Public Library's local history collection and genealogy resources.</p><h3> <a href="http://www.collingwoodhistoricalsociety.com/stories-of-collingwood.html" title="Collingwood Historical Society" target="_blank">Collingwood Historical Society</a></h3><p> <span style="font-size:1em;"></span> <span style="font-size:1em;text-align:justify;">Information about the history and stories of Collingwood and the surrounding area.</span></p><h3> <a href="http://www.ourstoriesinnisfil.ca/" title="Our Stories Innisfil" target="_blank">Our Stories Innisfil</a> </h3><p style="text-align:justify;">A collaboration between the Innisfil Public Library, Innisfil Historical Society, and the Rotary Club of Innisfil. <em>Our Stories Innisfil</em> provides access to photographs, oral histories and documents about the history and inhabitants of Innisfil and Bradford West Gwillimbury.</p> ​ <p style="text-align:justify;">This site offers great resources and links about the history and stories of Innisfil. There are tips and links provided to help with family history research.</p><h3> <a title="Ibid Net" target="_blank">Ibid Net</a><br></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">IBID is an information database housing historical records and photos from the local area of Bradford West Gwillimbury and Innisfil. Search for essays, artifacts and images from the past, for submitting your own images and stories.<br></p><h3> <a href="http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.redirect?app=fonandcol&id=203792&lang=eng" title="Library and Archives Canada - Hallen Family fonds​" target="_blank">Library and Archives Canada - Hallen Family fonds​</a><br></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">Online digital access to ​records of the Hallen Family of Orillia Township and Penetanguishene held at Library and Archives Canada.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <a href="https://ntpl.ca/" target="_blank" title="New Tecumseth Public Library " style="font-size:1.236em;font-weight:bold;">New Tecumseth Public Library <br></a></p><ul><li><p> ​​​<a href="https://simcoop.ent.sirsidynix.net/client/en_US/newtec/?rm=DIGITAL+HISTORY0%7c%7c%7c1%7c%7c%7c1%7c%7c%7ctrue" title="New Tecumseth Public Library Digital History" target="_blank">Digital History</a><br><span style="font-size:1em;">This collection showcases the history of New Tecumseth. It is organized by community and then by subject.</span></p></li><li><p> <a href="https://simcoop.ent.sirsidynix.net/client/en_US/newtec/?rm=BANTING+DIGITA0%7c%7c%7c1%7c%7c%7c0%7c%7c%7ctrue" title="New Tecumseth Public Library Banting" target="_blank">Banting Digital Library</a><br><span style="font-size:1em;">This digital collection from the New Tecumseth Public Library provides a look into Sir Frederick Banting's life and work.</span></p></li></ul><p></p><h3> <a href="https://www.orilliapubliclibrary.ca/en/books-more/genealogy-and-local-history.aspx" title="Orillia Genealogy and Local History " target="_blank">Orillia Genealogy and Local History </a> </h3><p style="text-align:justify;">The <em>Orilliana Collection</em> from the Orillia Public Library includes original materials from the City of Orillia and the surrounding townships. The William Frost Scrapbooks and Champlain Committee Minutes are offered as online resources.</p><h3> <a href="http://images.ourontario.ca/Orillia/search" title="Orillia in Pictures" target="_blank">Orillia in Pictures</a> </h3><p style="text-align:justify;">This site from the Orillia Public Library allows for searching by subject, people or places for pictures that appeared in local newspapers.</p><h3> <a href="http://news.ourontario.ca/Orillia/search" title="Orillia News, Views and More" target="_blank">Orillia News, Views and More</a> </h3><p style="text-align:justify;">This tool from the Orillia Public Library allows for searching and browsing past issues of Orillia newspapers and periodicals.</p><h3> <a href="http://ramarahistoricalsociety.ca/" title="Ramara Historical Society" target="_blank">Ramara Historical Society</a> </h3><p style="text-align:justify;">This site is dedicated to the preservation of the history of the former townships of Mara and Rama, as well as the former Rama Reserve. It provides local history stories, photographs and articles written by members of the historical society.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <a href="https://www.wasagabeach.com/resident/town-archives" title="Town of Wasaga Beach Archives ​" target="_blank" style="font-size:1.236em;font-weight:bold;">Town of Wasaga Beach Archives ​</a><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Wasaga Beach Archives provides information on the history of Wasaga Beach and the surrounding area.<br></p> <br> <h2>Ontario<br></h2><h3> <a href="https://ontariohistoricalsociety.ca/back-issues/" title="Ontario Historical Society " target="_blank">Ontario Historical Society </a><br></h3><p> <span style="text-align:justify;font-size:1em;">The Ontario Historical</span><em style="text-align:justify;font-size:1em;"> </em> <span style="text-align:justify;font-size:1em;">Society's digital archive provides back issues of the society's scholarly journal published since 1899.</span></p><h3> <a href="https://ogs.on.ca/" title="Ontario Ancestors - Ontario Genealogical Society" target="_blank">Ontario Ancestors - Ontario Genealogical Society</a></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">This site offers online resources for researching family history in Ontario. Webinars are free for online viewing for the live presentations, then with membership, access to past-recorded presentations.</p><h3> <a href="https://www.heritagetrust.on.ca/en/" title="Ontario Heritage Trust " target="_blank">Ontario Heritage Trust </a><br></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">The Ontario Heritage Trust is an organization in which the places, landscapes, traditions and stories that embody Ontario's heritage are reflected, valued and conserved.</p><h3> <a href="https://www.ohhfa.ca/Resources.php" title="Ontario Heritage Fairs Association" target="_blank">Ontario Heritage Fairs Association</a><br></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">The Ontario Heritage Fairs Association offers information about heritage in Canada. It offers a list of online heritage resources for students, parents and teachers.</p><h3> <a href="https://cdm22007.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/search/collection/p22007coll8%21p22007coll25/searchterm/ontario/field/relatig/mode/exact/conn/and/order/title/ad/asc" title="​University of Calgary Libraries and Cultural Resources Digital collections (including Ontario local histories)" target="_blank">​University of Calgary Libraries and Cultural Resources Digital collections (including Ontario local histories)</a><br></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">This site offers digital versions of various historical texts from across Canada including Ontario. The digital version of the <em> <a href="https://cdm22007.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p22007coll8/id/561779/rec/8">Simcoe County: Pioneer Papers</a></em> can be found here.</p><h3> <a href="https://www.ontariogenealogy.com/ontariouppercanadahistorybooks.html" title="Ontario Genealogy" target="_blank">Ontario Genealogy</a> </h3><p style="text-align:justify;">This site offers a list of Ontario history books, directories that are free to download or read online.</p><h3> <a href="http://www.geneofun.on.ca/ontariolocator/" title="Ontario Locator" target="_blank">Ontario Locator</a><br></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">Ontario Locator is a directory of past and present place names in Ontario. Created to assist with locating the township, county or district when researching family histories in Ontario.<br></p><h3> <a href="http://otm.torontopubliclibrary.ca/OTM/" target="_blank" title="Toronto Public Library - Ontario Time Machine">Toronto Public Library - Ontario Time Machine</a><br></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">This site is designed to support the Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum expectations for student and teacher learning activities. It is for those students studying history from 1759 to WWI.</p><h3> <a href="http://search.ourontario.ca/search" title="Our Ontario" target="_blank">Our Ontario</a><br></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">Our Ontario offers 2.3 million items and collections from libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, community groups, and government ministries.</p><h3> <a href="https://www.sharontemple.ca/" title="Sharon Temple National Historic Site and Museum" target="_blank">Sharon Temple National Historic Site and Museum</a></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">The Sharon Temple offers a great learn from home page and museum online games to engage learners during COVID-19.<br></p><ul style="text-align:justify;"><li> <a href="https://www.sharontemple.ca/learn-from-home" title="Learn from Home" target="_blank">Learn from Home</a><br></li><li> <a href="https://www.sharontemple.ca/museum-games" title="Museum Activities" target="_blank">Museum Activities</a></li></ul> <br> <h2>​Canada<br></h2><h3>​<a href="https://cha-shc.ca/teaching/learning-at-home" title="​Canadian Historical Association" target="_blank">Canadian Historical Association</a><br></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">This site has searchable resources and links for at-home learning during COVID-19.</p><h3> <a href="http://www.biographi.ca/en/" title="Dictionary of Canadian Biography" target="_blank">Dictionary of Canadian Biography</a> </h3><p style="text-align:justify;">Online detailed biographies of prominent Canadians, including a Biography of the Day, Introductory Essays of the DCB, subject area searches and resources for educators.</p><h3> <a href="https://www.historicacanada.ca/" title="Historica Canada" target="_blank">Historica Canada</a><br></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">Historica Canada offers programs, which allow for exploration, learning and reflection on the history of Canada.<br></p><ul><li> <a href="https://www.historicacanada.ca/heritageminutes" title="Heritage Minutes" target="_blank">Heritage Minutes</a><br><em style="font-size:1em;">The Heritage Minutes</em><span style="font-size:1em;"> are a collection of bilingual Canadian 60-second short films, depicting a significant person, event or story in Canadian history.<br><br></span></li><li> <a href="https://www.historicacanada.ca/think-like-a-historian/last-hundred-days" title="Think Like a Historian" target="_blank">Think Like a Historian</a><br><em style="font-size:1em;">The Think Like a Historian</em><span style="font-size:1em;"> series of videos and resources is a curriculum-based learning tool for educators and students to build skills to analyze and interpret primary sources.<br><br></span></li><li> <a href="https://www.historicacanada.ca/thememoryproject" title="The Memory Project" target="_blank">The Memory Project</a><br><em style="font-size:1em;">The Memory Project</em><span style="font-size:1em;"> invites veterans and Canadian Forces members to share their military experience with fellow Canadians. There is an online archive and speaker' bureau to browse.<br><br></span></li><li>​<a href="https://soundcloud.com/historicacanada/sets/radio-minutes" title="​Radio Minutes" target="_blank">Radio Minutes</a><br>Canada's defining moments and personalities are captured in 90-second dramas heard on radio stations across Canada.</li></ul><h3> <a href="https://www.canadashistory.ca/" title="Canada's History" target="_blank">Canada's History</a></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">This site provides online resources such as podcasts, magazines, blog posts, book reviews and digital archives exploring Canada's history.</p><h3> <a href="https://www.historymuseum.ca/" title="Canadian Museum of History" target="_blank">Canadian Museum of History</a></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">The Canadian Museum of History offers virtual exhibits, access to their digital collection and videos for online learning during COVID-19.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"></p><ul><li> <a href="https://www.historymuseum.ca/museum-at-home/" title="Museum at Home" target="_blank">Museum at Home</a></li><li> <a href="https://www.historymuseum.ca/exhibitions/#online-exhibitions" title="Online Exhibitions​" target="_blank">Online Exhibitions​</a><br></li></ul><p></p> <span style="font-size:1.236em;font-weight:bold;"> <a href="https://www.cbc.ca/history/GENCONTSE4EP99CH2PA3LE.html" title="CBC-CBC Learning (Canada: A People's History) Literary Links" target="_blank">CBC-CBC Learning (Canada: A People's History) Literary Links</a></span> <p style="text-align:justify;"> A list of literary sources used to create the series <em>Canada: A People's History</em>.</p><h3> <a href="https://www.cbc.ca/archives" title="CBC Digital Archives" target="_blank">CBC Digital Archives</a><br></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">Browse and search past Canadian news stories.</p><h3> <a href="https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en" title="Canadian Encyclopedia" target="_blank">Canadian Encyclopedia</a></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">This site provides Canadians and others with accurate, updated information about Canada.</p><h3> <a href="https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/immigration/immigration-records/immigrants-grosse-ile-1832-1937/Pages/immigrants-grosse-ile.aspx" title="Immigrants at Grosse Isle Quarantine Station​" target="_blank">Immigrants at Grosse Isle Quarantine Station​</a></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">Browse and search the database regarding the 30000 immigrants who passed through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station.</p><h3> <a href="http://www.canadiana.ca/" title="Canadian Research Knowledge Network" target="_blank">Canadian Research Knowledge Network</a></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">Search and browse scholarly journal content of Canada's documentary heritage.</p><h2>Archives and Libraries<br></h2><h3> <a href="https://www.dufferinmuseum.com/" title="​​Museum of Dufferin" target="_blank">​​Museum of Dufferin</a><br></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">The Museum of Dufferin, formerly known as the Dufferin County Museum and Archives, has online research and resources for learning from home during COVID-19.</p><h3> <a href="https://greyroots.com/" title="Grey Roots Museum and Archives" target="_blank">Grey Roots Museum and Archives</a></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">This site offers many links to heritage resources for researching family histories.</p><h3> <a href="http://www.pama.peelregion.ca/en/programseventsandschoolresources/pama-home.asp" title="Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives" target="_blank">PAMA – Peel Art Gallery Museum + Archives</a></h3><p>This site “brings art and history exploration home with a variety of easy, fun filled activities for all ages."</p><h3> <a href="https://www.archeion.ca/" title="Archeion" target="_blank">Archeion</a><br></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">Archeion is a service provided by the Archives Association of Ontario. (AAO). Search and browse to find records of businesses, individuals, families and organizations from all periods of the province's history. </p><h3> <a href="http://www.archivescanada.ca/" title="Archives Canada" target="_blank">Archives Canada</a><br></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">ARCHIVES CANADA is a gateway to archival resources found in over 800 repositories across Canada.<br></p><h3> <a href="http://www.archivescanada.ca/car/car_e.asp?l=e&a=genealogy%E2%80%8B" title="Archives Canada Directory of Genealogical Resources" target="_blank">Archives Canada Directory of Genealogical Resources</a><br></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">This site offers a directory of genealogical resources from provinces and territories across Canada.</p><h3>​<a href="http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/" title="​Archives of Ontario" target="_blank">Archives of Ontario</a><br></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">Search and browse the collections, which document the decisions, functions and activities of the Government of Ontario. Individuals, businesses, and organizations also donate records of enduring provincial significance that illustrate the history and development of Ontario.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"></p><ul><li> <a href="http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/en/explore/index.aspx" title="Explore Exhibits​" target="_blank">Explore Exhibits​</a></li><li> <a href="http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/en/education/index.aspx" title="Education at the Archives of Ontario" target="_blank">Education at the Archives of Ontario</a><br></li><li> <a href="http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/en/access/documents/research_guide_232_mnr_aerial_photos.pdf" title="Ministry of Natural Resources Aerial Photography" target="_blank">Ministry of Natural Resources Aerial Photography</a><br>Link to information about the Ministry of Natural Resources Aerial Photography collection.<br></li><li> <a href="http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/en/about/patent-plans.aspx" title="Digitized Patent Plans" target="_blank">Digitized Patent Plans</a><br>Access to more than 4,100 recently digitized patent plans on the Archives of Ontario's Visual Database. This online resource allows for tracing Crown land records and high-resolution images.</li></ul><p></p> <br> <h3> <a href="https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/history-genealogy/" title="Toronto Public Library - Local History and Genealogy" target="_blank">Toronto Public Library - Local History and Genealogy</a> </h3><p style="text-align:justify;">The Toronto Public Library has online databases and digital archives, which comprise pictures, maps, books and other historical materials, such as city directories. </p><h3> <a href="https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/digital-archive/" title="Toronto Public Library - Digital Archive" target="_blank">Toronto Public Library - Digital Archive</a></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">Browse and access to rare historical photos, maps, books and more from the Toronto Public Library.</p><h3> <a href="https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/accountability-operations-customer-service/access-city-information-or-records/city-of-toronto-archives/" title="City of Toronto Archives" target="_blank">City of Toronto Archives</a></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">The City of Toronto Archives offers a wide variety of resources including photographs, maps, plans, municipal records and architectural drawings.</p><h3> <a href="https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/Pages/home.aspx" title="Library and Archives Canada" target="_blank">Library and Archives Canada</a></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">Library and Archives Canada acquires, processes, preserves and provides access to Canada's documentary heritage and serves as the continuing memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions. Search and browse the collections which document the decisions, functions and activities of the Government of Canada.</p><ul><li> <a href="https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/Pages/census.aspx" title="Census Returns " target="_blank">Census Returns </a><br>Library and Archives Canada holds an extensive collection of Canadian census records from 1640 to 1926 and, for Newfoundland, from 1671 to 1945.</li></ul><h3> <a href="https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/postal-heritage-philately/Pages/postal-heritage-philately.aspx" title="​​Canadian Postal Archives" target="_blank">​​Canadian Postal Archives</a><br></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">This collection contains over a million items, such as stamps and other philatelic materials. It contains archival documents on all aspects of the design and production of postage stamps and on the Canadian postal service. It includes monographs, philatelic periodicals, serials, publications, stamp-club bulletins, specialized catalogues, and brochures and series on philately.</p><h3> <a href="http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/" title="National Archives of the United Kingdom" target="_blank">National Archives of the United Kingdom</a><br></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">Access records held by The National Archives and more than 2,500 other archives.</p><h2>University Library Collections​<br></h2><h3> <a href="https://library.ucalgary.ca/digital?b=g&d=a&group_id=14797" title="University of Calgary Libraries and Cultural Resources Digital collections" target="_blank">University of Calgary Libraries and Cultural Resources Digital collections</a><br></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">The site offers searchable digital collections and versions of various historical texts from across Canada.</p><h3> <a href="https://fisher.library.utoronto.ca/" title="University of Toronto - Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library" target="_blank">University of Toronto - Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library</a> </h3><p style="text-align:justify;">The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library houses the <em>Department of <a href="https://fisher.library.utoronto.ca/" title="University of Toronto - Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library" target="_blank">Rare Books and Special Collections</a></em> including books, manuscripts and other materials. The Library acquires, makes accessible and preserves comprehensive research collections of national and international significance. </p>​​<a href="https://utarms.library.utoronto.ca/about" title="​​University of Toronto Archives and Records Management Services" target="_blank" style="font-size:1.236em;font-weight:bold;">University of Toronto Archives and Records Management Services</a> <p style="text-align:justify;">The University of Toronto Archives is responsible for the appraisal, acquisition, preservation and use of University records of permanent value and the private records of individuals and organizations associated with the University.</p><h3>​<a href="https://www.lib.uwo.ca/archives/index.html" title="​Western University Archives and Special Collections" target="_blank">Western University Archives and Special Collections</a><br></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">The Western University Archives includes all fonds and collections, including both university and private records. The <em>James Alexander and Ellen Rea Benson Special Collections</em> include rare books, monographs, and serials with a particular emphasis on the history of southwestern Ontario.</p> <br> <h2>​Military History​​​​<br></h2><h3> <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=8039b373-5bb4-45f8-b028-724f31461832" title="Simcoe County Remembers" target="_blank">​Simcoe County Archives - Simcoe County Remembers</a><br></h3><p style="text-align:justify;"> <em>Simcoe County Remembers</em> is a virtual supplement to the public memorials located in communities around Simcoe County.  It is a database containing the names of 1,006 men and women who had connections to Simcoe County and who died while in service or of wounds or injuries sustained during the First World War.</p><h3> <a href="http://maps.simcoe.ca/StoryMaps/WarMemorial/" title="War Memorials Interactive Map" target="_blank">Simcoe County – Geographical Information Systems – War Memorials Interactive Map</a></h3><p>Tour the war memorials of Simcoe County through an interactive story map.</p><h3> <a href="http://ontariowarmemorials.blogspot.com/" title="Ontario War Memorials" target="_blank">Ontario War Memorials</a><br></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">This site offers photographs and information about the War Memorials in Ontario.</p><h3> <a href="https://www.cwgc.org/" title="Commonwealth War Graves Commission" target="_blank">Commonwealth War Graves Commission</a> </h3><p style="text-align:justify;">The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) honours the 1.7 million men and women who died in the armed forces of the British Empire during the First and Second World Wars.</p><h3> <a href="https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance" title="Veterans Affairs Canada" target="_blank">Veterans Affairs Canada</a><br></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">Veterans Affairs Canada offers the memories, stories, and events of the courageous people that fought to keep Canada safe. Search collections of service records, video recordings and photographs.<br></p><ul><li> <a href="https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/books/search" title="Books of Remembrance" target="_blank">Books of Remembrance</a><br>The first seven Books of Remembrance commemorate the more than 118,000 Canadians who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country in uniform. The names inscribed in these Books of Remembrance are also in the Canadian Virtual War Memorial. The eighth book, the War of 1812 Book of Remembrance was commissioned to mark the 200th anniversary of the signing of a peace treaty that ended this pivotal conflict.</li></ul> <br> <h3> <a href="http://www.canadiangreatwarproject.com/searches/gwpSearch.asp" title="Canadian Great War Project" target="_blank">Canadian Great War Project</a> </h3><p style="text-align:justify;">The Canadian Great War Project is a fully searchable database dedicated to the Canadian men and women that served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) during the Great War (1914-1918). </p><h3> <a href="https://www.warmuseum.ca/" title="Canadian War Museum" target="_blank">Canadian War Museum</a><br></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">The Canadian War Museum has hundreds of objects and thousands of photos in curated online exhibitions for learning from home during COVID-19. </p><h3> <a href="https://www.warmuseum.ca/war-of-1812/" title="War of 1812 Virtual Exhibition​" target="_blank">Canadian War Museum - War of 1812 Virtual Exhibition​</a><br></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">This virtual exhibition uses historic objects and images to show the conflict from the perspective of its major participants - Americans, British, Canadians (including Canadian First Peoples), and Native Americans. </p><h3> <a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/art-monuments/monuments/valiants.html" title="The Valiants Memorial​" target="_blank">The Valiants Memorial​</a><br></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">The Valiants Memorial is a collection of nine busts and five statues depicting individuals who played a role in major conflicts throughout our history. Browse links, which provide more detailed information about the individuals depicted in the memorial.</p> <br> <h2>​General​</h2><h3> <a href="https://www.gutenberg.org/" title="Project Gutenberg" target="_blank">Project Gutenberg</a><br></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online.</p><h3> <a href="https://archive.org/" title="Internet Archive" target="_blank">Internet Archive</a> </h3><p style="text-align:justify;">Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.</p><h3> <a href="https://archive.org/web/" title="Wayback Machine" target="_blank">Wayback Machine</a> </h3><p style="text-align:justify;">This site contains more than 424 billion webpages that have been saved over time.</p><h3> <a href="http://activehistory.ca/" title="Active History" target="_blank">Active History</a></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">ActiveHistory.ca is a website that connects the work of historians with the wider public and the importance of the past to current events. Explore podcasts, publications, resources, book reviews and essays.</p><h3> <a href="https://ingeniumcanada.org/channel" title="Ingenium Canada" target="_blank">Ingenium Canada</a></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">The Ingenium Channel is a digital hub featuring curated content related to science, technology and innovation. It helps science enthusiasts, teachers, parents, and curious Canadians share and engage with innovative stories through focused news, articles, blogs, podcasts, and videos.</p><h3> <a href="https://www.oclc.org/research/themes/data-science/fast.html" title="Online Computer Library Centre Research" target="_blank">OCLC Research (Online Computer Library Centre)</a></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">OCLC is a community resource for the research-driven advancement of libraries and archives, and provides advanced development and consultation for the teams that create and maintain OCLC's products. It also enhances OCLC's member and partner engagement to mobilize the community around shared concerns.</p><h3> <a href="https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/films-videos-sound-recordings/virtual-gramophone/Pages/virtual-gramophone.aspx" title="The Virtual Gramophone" target="_blank">The Virtual Gramophone</a><br></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">Virtual Gramophone is a multimedia website devoted to the early days of Canadian recorded sound, providing an overview of the 78-rpm era in Canada. The database contains information for 78-rpm and cylinder recordings released in Canada from 1900 to 1950, as well as foreign recordings featuring Canadian artists and/or compositions.</p><h3> <a href="https://www.canlii.org/en/on/" title="Canadian Legal Information Institute" target="_blank">Canadian Legal Information Institute</a></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">The CanLII.org website provides access to court judgments from all Canadian courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada, federal courts, and the courts in all Canada's provinces and territories. </p><h3> <a href="https://www.cyndislist.com/canada" title="​Cyndi's List" target="_blank">​Cyndi's List</a>​<br></h3><p style="text-align:justify;"> <em>Cyndi's List</em> is free for everyone to use and it is meant to be a starting point when researching online. It is a comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links to genealogical research sites. </p><h3> <a title="Automated Genealogy - Canadian Census Transcriptions" target="_blank">Automated Genealogy - Canadian Census Transcriptions</a><br></h3><p style="text-align:justify;">Automated Genealogy hosts several projects to index Canadian censuses. Each project uses simple web forms to allow volunteers to transcribe census data from the images into a database, with the entered data being immediately available on the site. </p>​<a href="/Archives/PublishingImages/Stayner_School_ca_1890-1080.jpg" title="Stayner School, ca. 1890" style="font-size:1em;"><img src="/Archives/PublishingImages/Stayner_School_ca_1890-480.jpg" alt="Stayner School, ca. 1890" style="margin:10px 60px;" /></a></div><p style="text-align:center;"> <span style="font-size:0.714em;">2014-103 Stayner​​​ </span> <span style="font-size:0.714em;">​</span><span style="font-size:0.714em;">School, ca. 1890   Copyright:  Public Domain</span><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <span style="font-size:1em;">We hope you enjoy doing historical research from home.​​</span><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span><br></p><p style="text-align:left;"> <span style="font-size:1em;">​Links last updated 2020-10<br></span></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <span style="font-size:1em;">The Simcoe County Archives remains closed to the public, but you can still contact us: archives@simcoe.ca</span></p><p>​<br>​<br><br></p></div>
Researching Heritage PropertiesResearching Heritage Properties<p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1">​​​​​Resource originally posted following a presentation by Archives' staff to the Collingwood Branch of Architectural Conservancy Ontario in ​​February 2009.</span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1"></span><span style="font-size:0.714em;">Resource updated ​​A</span><span style="font-size:0.714em;">pril 2020.</span></p><div><span style="font-size:1em;">Visitors to the Simcoe County Archives are often looking for information pertaining to their prop</span><span style="font-size:1em;">erty. The reasons behind their research are many, but the resources they consult are generally the same. By using this guide researchers should gain an understanding what kind of information is available, in what type of record, and at what location. You can follow the guide from beginning to end or chose relevant sections by clicking on the links below.</span><br></div><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-wpbox"><div class="ms-rtestate-notify ms-rtestate-read 4ddee518-28df-4959-83da-1c6b2bde3e36" id="div_4ddee518-28df-4959-83da-1c6b2bde3e36" unselectable="on"></div><div id="vid_4ddee518-28df-4959-83da-1c6b2bde3e36" unselectable="on" style="display:none;"></div></div><p><br> </p>