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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