Planning a Research Visit

If you haven't used the research facilities at the Eva Brook Donly Museum & Archives, there are a few things you can do to prepare for your visit. It will help our volunteers to assist you and allow you to get the most out of your time with us.

Our Hours

Tuesday to Thursday: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Research Admission

The use of the research facilities is free to members of the Norfolk Historical Society; while research admission for non-members is only $10 per day. Volunteer assistance is included in both cases.

When you visit:

  • Before coming:
    • Check out this website for various Research Data Indexes such as Census, Births, Deaths, Marriages and other information that we hold.
    • If you are coming from out of town, it is always a good idea to call (519-426-1583) or email us at in advance to confirm your planned visit date and any specific information that you are looking for so that staff can have any relevant documents ready.
  • Bring along as much information on the family members or persons you are researching as possible.
    • Try to focus on a single individual or family line and go from there.
    • Information should include relevant dates (birth, marriage, death) if known, names of other family members, places in Norfolk where the person may have lived, etc.
    • Provide any sources that you have already checked for information; this will prevent staff from searching for information you already know.
    • If you are seeking information on a particular property, make sure you can provide the municipal address and concession/lot and plan number.
  • While you are here:
    • Food and drink are not allowed in the Archives, however, we are surrounded by several lovely restaurants and a Tim Hortons. Feel free to leave for lunch or a coffee break and return to continue with your research after you've recharged.
    • If you plan on staying a couple of days in lovely Norfolk County, check out Norfolk Tourism - Things To Do for more information.

Copy charges

There are a variety of methods in which you can obtain documents from our archives:

    • Photocopies:
      • Standard = 25 cents per page
      • Oversize - eg. 11 x 14 maps) = 50 cents per page
    • Scanning:
      • Print documents = 50 cents per page
      • Images = $7.00 per image
    • PC digital document prints:
      • Microfilm Reader printout = 50 cents per page
      • PC document printout = 50 cents per page

  • NOTE: You can bring your own usb stick to save images from our microfilm readers and avoid some charges.

Use of Camera

There is no charge for the use of a camera for most documents or books in our Research Room.

  • Exception - because of the size and frail nature of our Norfolk County Registry Books (land/wills), any documents copied by camera from Registry books will be subject to a $5.00 charge per document (versus per page).
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