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

Emailing to confirm your visit plan is always a good idea.

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:

  • Bring along as much information on the family members or persons you are researching as possible.
  • 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.
  • Try to focus on a single individual or family line and go from there.
  • If you are seeking information on a particular property, make sure you can provide the municipal address and concession/lot and plan number.
  • If you are coming from out of town, it may be helpful to call or email us in advance with any specific information that you are looking for so that staff can have any relevant documents ready.
  • Check out this website for various indexes of vital records and other information that we hold.
  • 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 our page Planning A Visit to Norfolk County for more information about activities, accommodations, and restaurants.

Photocopy charges

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

  • There is a .25 cent per page
  • Copies from the computer .50 cents per page
  • You can bring your own usb stick to save images from our microfilm readers to avoid these charges.
  • Oversize copies such as 11 x 14 (eg. maps) .50cents per page

Use of Camera

There is no charge for the use of a camera for any documents or books in our Research Room. However, for pictures of our Norfolk County Registry Books (land/wills) and because of their frail nature, there is a $5.00 charge per document.

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