Archives & Research

Visit us online

Research your:2016 PP Online card

  • Family tree
  • Home or property
  • Business or organization
  • Local interests

Start by checking out our Online Collections database. Currently, a small portion of the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre’s Collection is searchable through this site. We are adding more records on a monthly basis so check back often!

During your research process, you may also wish to consult Bruce Remembers Virtual War Memorial, Historic Photographs, Research Links and Search our Archives pages for other resources related to the history of Bruce County and its residents.

Visit us in person

For more information on hours and admission, visit the Admissions Page.

The Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre is home to a wonderful Research Room and Archives, housed in the 1878 Southampton Public School part of the Museum.  The Research Room includes the Bruce County Genealogical Society’s “Audrey Webster Underwood Library.”

Knowledgeable archives staff supervise the Research Room and are available to provide guidance concerning the most appropriate resources and/or research methods to use to achieve your goals.  Published books and secondary sources are available for access in the Research Room. Upon consultation with staff, researchers may also be provided access to documents stored in our archival storage area.  Stored on the shelves in the Archives is every kind of record imaginable. These records tell the story of Bruce County – both past and present – including:

  • Municipal and County Government Records, including minutes, by-laws and tax rolls;
  • Education Records, including minute books, financial records, and early attendance registers;
  • Business/Organizational Records, including minutes, financial records and publicity records;
  • Personal Papers, including letters, diaries, family histories, and more;
  • Photographs and postcards
  • Maps

If you are unable to visit the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre, we offer a fee-based research service for some types of research requests.  Fill out the form below and we will contact you about your request.

Bruce County Archives Research Request Form

*Please note, the minimum fee for completing a research request is $30.00, payable in advance. 

The Bruce County Archives is grateful for the partnership and support of the Bruce County Historical Society, the Bruce County Genealogical Society and the Bruce & Grey Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society.