Archives | Family Histories

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

More specifically, but far from conclusively...

Norfolk County Records
Family Records
Family files, genealogy books, family histories, newspaper clippings, descendants letters.
Family Histories
(Here's a partial list.)
Cemetery Tombstone Transcripts
Dozens of Norfolk County tombstones transcribed,
and several local cemetery keeper logs.
All released Census Rolls for Norfolk County
Census Years: 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901
Land Records
Abstracts and Copy Books covering 1795 to 1950
Various early issues from 1840 to 1860
Simcoe newspapers from 1860 to 1967
Others from Waterford, Port Dover, Tillsonburg, and Jarvis.
Marriage Records
1795 to 1870 (8,000 indexed by name)
Various Vital Statistics collections
Church and Newspaper Records
from 1870 forward
Baptism, Marriage and Funeral Registers
from several area churches
Indexes to Ontario Vital Statistics
Birth Marriage and Death records  
from 1869 forward
Various local township records
Birth, Marriage and Death registrations, Wills, Voters Lists, Assessment Rolls, business transactions,  etc.
Document collections including thousands of early papers dating from 1795 forward
indexed from 1796 to 1900
Historical Maps
including 1856 and 1877
Assessments, Directories and Voter's List
from 1795 forward
Over a century of photographs
of Norfolk residents, groups, homes, farms and businesses
Beyond Norfolk Resources: 
Loyalist Library
of Early Ontario and Early Canada resources
supported by the Grand River Branch of the
United Empire Loyalists Association
New Brunswick and Nova Scotia Collections
dozens of volumes of early records.
Early Amercian Library
hundreds of books, including Canada's largest American genealogy collection with research material covering the original 13 colonies plus depth sections on New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, New England and Michigan.
to Other Archives, Libraries and Museums, 
such as the Archives of Ontario in Toronto, 
and the National Archives of Canada in Ottawa.

100's of Photographs

1000's of books

Miles of microfilm