About the Archives

Look Inside the Home of Norfolk County's Archive

Our holdings include a wealth of research tools and aids for those seeking their family's Norfolk roots such as the Walsh Papers, historical township records, old area records on microfilm, several libraries and a thriving family histories collection. Our Early American Library is recognised as one of the finest outside the United States.

To learn more about the collections within our Archives, just click on each of the titles below and a brief overview of that category will appear. The first example - "Library Content" - has already been highlighted.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us via email at genealogy@norfolklore.com

Archive Hours

Tuesday - Thursday

10:00 am - 4:00 pm


The jewel in our Archives crown is that the Norfolk Historical Society is pleased to be able to co-operate with the Grand River United Empire Loyalist Association to display over 100 books and directories of their work. Additional resources but are not limited to the following, which are accessible under supervision in the Archives Reading Room include over 300 large copy books of Land Records, 120 boxes of indexed document collections, 1790 to early 1900's, 375 published and printed family genealogies. Our Families Library is one of our prized possessions, a large collection of historic maps and over 2500 reference books on all aspects of life covering Norfolk County, Ontario, other Provinces, the United States and some of the World.
The Eva Brook Donly Museum & Archive is recognised as the major repository of primary and secondary source information relating to the United Empire Loyalists who settled in the Long Point Area of Ontario. Our collection also contains a large number of resources pertaining to New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island as well as what has been described as the largest collection of published Colonial America resources held in a non-academic library. Our microfilm holdings consist of muster rolls for Loyalist regiments, indexed Land Grants, petitions and more.We are pleased to be able to co-operate with the Grand River United Empire Loyalist Association and invite you to check out the more than 200 titles in their Loyalist library which is held on our premises.
Our Early American Library includes hundreds of books, including Canada's largest American genealogy collection with research material covering the original 13 colonies.
All released Census Rolls for Norfolk County
Our family records include family histories, family files, genealogy books, family bibles, newspaper clippings, descendants letters and hundreds of on-going family queries from other genealogists.
Our Collections of Birth-Marriage-Deaths for Norfolk County include marriage records - 1795 to 1870 (8000 indexed by name) and to Ontario Birth-Marriage-Death records from 1869 forward (indexed)
Cemetery Tombstone Transcripts (by Norfolk Historical Society and Ontario Genealogical Society) along with several local cemetery keeper logs.
Our land records come in the form of both microfilm and books - and include abstracts and copy books covering 1795 to 1950.
Our collection of wills spans from 1796 to 1900 and are indexed.
Our documents include thousands of early document papers dating from 1795 forward along with published histories of Norfolk County. We have amassed a collection of Norfolk Historical Society member speeches on local history. Our documents also include various local township records including Voters Lists (1975 forward), Assessment Rolls, etc.
Histories and newspaper records from 1870 forward along with baptism, marriage and funeral registers from several area churches
Our collection includes both 1856 and 1877 historical maps.
Our newspaper collection includes various early issues from 1840 to 1860 along with Simcoe Reformer newspapers from 1860 to 1967. Other newspapers in our collection include Waterford, Port Dover, Tillsonburg, and Jarvis.
Over a century of photographs of Norfolk residents, groups, homes, farms, and businesses that exceed 10,000 in number.
Our War Records in hundreds of records and newspaper accounts of Norfolk and area men and women who served in various wars from 1800 to WW1, all carefully transcribed and indexed for easy use.
Our archives include dozens of volumes of early records from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
All Rights Reserved (2017) - Norfolk Historical Society