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Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre​

33 Victoria Street North (in the town of Saugeen Shores)
Southampton, ON Canada N0H 2L0

Toll Free: 1-866-318-8889 | Phone: 519-797-2080 | Fax 519-797-2191

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Our success is made possible, in part, by the support we receive through our strong relationships with you, our donors. Your generosity ensures that we will continue to inspire, educate and remain the premier destination of choice for exploring our history.


Volunteers are the building blocks of our Museum. All our activities and programs depend on the assistance of dedicated volunteers.

Research Information

Explore Online Resources

These online resources provide access to many images and information from the Collection.  Online Collections also describes many of the items that are available to view in-person in the Research Room & Archives”

If you are unable to discover resources you are searching for online, please contact and staff will provide information about resources available on-site, not yet listed in Online Collections.

Finding Aids

The finding aids and links below were prepared for researchers to learn about the resources available in the Archives and Research Room.  These lists only reflect a selection of our collection.  Researchers are encouraged to call ahead to arrange for items in these aids to be retrieved from the archival storage area, and to ask whether there may be other items relevant to their research topic.  

Artists whose works are featured in BCM&CC’s Collection have either resided in the County or have featured County scenes prominently in their works.

Paintings in the BCM&CC Collection

Some of our featured artists include:

Learn more about Bruce County artists through these resources, available to view in the Research Room:

Bruce County Court records collection (1867 to 1939) at Bruce County Museum, including:

Criminal Justice Records research guide (Archives of Ontario)

The Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre is working to preserve and collect items that tell the local story of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

If you have correspondence, social media posts, journals, photos, videos or similar items that document the personal aspects of our Bruce County experience, please consider submitting them!

Below are links to images, and descriptions of items people have submitted reflecting their experiences:

Newspapers and government reports and council minutes may also contain information about our communities’ experiences during both the Covid-19 pandemic (2020-2023)  and the 1918 Influenza pandemic (1918-1920).

Cemetery Locator & Finding Aid
The Bruce County Genealogical Society and the Bruce & Grey Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society have transcribed tombstones in many of the cemeteries in Bruce County.  Click on the link to the Bruce County Genealogical Society website to discover tools to help locate cemeteries.   The Bruce & Grey Branch O.G.S. transcriptions are now available online for free.

Census and Vital Statistics Records
Microfilm copies of census records and birth, marriage and death indexes and registrations.

Directories and Telephone Books

Directories list names, occupations and other information about residents of towns/townships

Telephone books have similar information, without the occupation, in more recent times.

Family Histories
Search our Online Collections for family history books and family trees. Also browse the collection by name using the Term Search page of Online Collections

FamilySearch Affiliate  As a FamilySearch Affiliate, you may access many more records in the Research Room through, than what you can access at home.

Genealogy Resource Checklist
A checklist of materials in the Research Room & Archives that may be useful to family historians.


Personal Papers

As the years go by, everyone amasses a great amount of records in the form of personal and business letters, journals, diariesphotographs and the like. Often, these materials are passed on from generation to generation and can find their way into the Archives. These records give us a first- hand account of what life was like in the past.  See our Online Collections to view descriptions, and in some cases images, of a selection of personal papers.

Online Collections – People Search

Visit the “Term Search” page of our Online Collections to see a list of people known to be associated with records currently described online.  As this represents only a small percentage of our records, visit the Archives & Research room to continue your research.

The Archives is the official repository for many of the permanently retained records of the Corporation of the County of Bruce.  Bruce County municipalities have also transferred some of their archival materials to the Archives. These records include Land Transfer Copy Books, Assessment and Collector’s Rolls, Voters’ Lists, Minutes, By-Laws, correspondence and more.


County of Bruce
The Bruce County fonds consists of administrative records for the United Counties of Huron, Perth and Bruce (1850-1852), the United Counties of Huron and Bruce (1853-1866), the County of Bruce Provisional Council (1857-1866), and the County of Bruce (1867- ).   It includes by-laws, minutes and other records created by the various departments of the Corporation of the County of Bruce.


Municipality of Arran-Elderslie (including the former Arran Township, Elderslie Township, Chesley, Paisley, and Tara)

Municipality of Brockton (including the former Brant Township, Greenock Township, and Walkerton)

Township of Huron-Kinloss (including the former Huron Township, Kinloss Township, Lucknow, and Ripley)

Municipality of Kincardine (including the former Bruce Township, Kincardine Township, Kincardine, and Tiverton)

Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula (including the former Eastnor Township, Lindsay Township, St. Edmunds Township, Lion’s Head, and Tobermory)

Town of Saugeen Shores (including the former Saugeen Township, Port Elgin, and Southampton)

Municipality of South Bruce (including the former Carrick Township, Culross Township, Mildmay, and Teeswater)

Town of South Bruce Peninsula (including the former Albemarle Township, Amabel Township, Hepworth and Wiarton)

Land Records:  See the “Land Records, Maps & Geography” section on our Useful Links page (for Bruce County records from external sources).


Local History Books:  Many published resources about various geographical parts of Bruce County are available in the Research Room.  Try entering your location in the “Place” field in the Online Collections advanced search page, with the “Library” catalogue checked at the top of that page.


Bruce Krug Local History Scrapbooks:  Bruce Krug created scrapbooks for every former township of Bruce County, consisting of newspaper clippings, historical notes, photographs, and summaries of interviews he conducted with Bruce County residents. Indices of the scrapbooks are available in the Finding Aid Links field in the Online Collections descriptions of each scrapbook.


First Nations:  For holdings related to First Nations, check out the Peter Schmalz fonds or use “First Nation*” as a keyword search in our Online Collections.



Search by Place in Online Collections:  Use quotation marks when searching for places consisting of two words.  For example: “Port Elgin”


Weichel Research Collection:  For Southampton information and people, also consider reviewing the John B. Weichel research collection inventory, consisting primarily of notes and copies of newspapers and other published materials collected by author and historian, John Weichel.


Women’s Institute Tweedsmuir Community Histories 

The Research Room and Archives contain a variety of marine related resources related to Bruce County. These include:

Some of the items listed in the “Local History” section above, such as Township history books and newspapers are also excellent sources of marine information. 

Resources related to shipwrecks and underwater archaeology beyond Bruce County are accepted as part of the developing Ontario Marine History and Underwater Archaeology Research Centre at the BCM&CC. 

The military service of those connected with Bruce County is a popular research topic!

Online Military Records include:

To search for particular soldiers:

Records available to view in the Research Room include:

World War-related records:

Historic newspapers recorded the social, political, personal, and economic events that influenced the development of our communities.  Read over 12,700 newspaper issues from almost 30 newspaper titles on BCM&CC’s Bruce County Historic Newspapers Website.  Even more newspapers are available to view on site in the Research Room (the in-house inventory below is not exhaustive, contact us to inquire about the availability of newspapers if your paper of interest is not on the microfilm list).  

Many of the resources listed in the Government Records, Local History, Maps & Charts, and Family History & Genealogy categories on this page may assist in discovering information about the history of a property or building.


This Researching Heritage Properties Guide by the Simcoe County Archives provides information about resources, most of which are also applicable to researching properties in Bruce County.


This “How to Research Properties” video, prepared by the Bruce County Archives at the BCM&CC focuses on research methods and resources directly related to Bruce County.


Also visit the “Land Records, Maps & Geography” section of our Useful Links page for additional land record resources.


This is a list of some of the organizations who have donated records to the BCM&CC, thereby making them accessible to the public.  The links lead to descriptions of the records in Online Collections.

Bruce County Historical Society

Canadian Order of Foresters

Chantry Singers

CFUW Kincardine

CFUW Southport

Concerned Farm Women

Country Sisters Community Club

Do-Cum-In Farm Forum, Culross

Gould Lake Ratepayers Association

Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire, White Cloud Chapter

Lighthouse Squares

Loyal Orange Lodges

Oliphant Campers’ Association

Order of the Eastern Star

Peninsula Bruce Trail Club

Port Elgin Senior Citizens Friendship Club #976

Probus Club of Saugeen Shores

Queens Bush Rural Ministries

Rebekah Lodges of Bruce County

Rock of Friendship Temperance Society

Rotary Club of Chesley

S.H.O.W. Garden Club

Teeswater Rifle Association

Sauble Beach Ski and Snowshoe Club

South-Port Optimists Club

Southampton Tennis Club

Underwood Presbyterian Church

Women’s Institutes

Women’s Probus Club of Saugeen Shores

The Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre holds thousands of images related to Bruce County events, people, and places!   You may search over 20,000 image in the BCM&CC Online Collections.


Here are a few specific collections that you may also wish to browse online.


Krug CollectionOver 3,000 negative images, featuring scenes from across Bruce County, Grey County and surrounding areas, taken by Howard or Bruce Krug are viewable online.  (Most online records have multiple images attached)  These are part of a collection of 22,000 negative images.  A full inventory of the images may be viewed and downloaded from this description:  Krug Series 4, File 7 – Negative Photographs.


Postcard Collection:  About 2,000 picture postcards featuring Bruce County scenes, holiday celebrations or messages from Bruce County residents are viewable through Online Collections.  (If an image has not been uploaded, the BCM&CC does not have copyright clearance for online display).


Scougall Collection:  Photographs (primarily glass plate negatives) taken by Kincardine photographer and town clerk John H. Scougall (1850-1922)


Thornburn Collection:  Port Elgin area photographs taken by teacher and photographer J. Lindsay Thornburn (1910-1995).   When viewing the results list, please note that many of the online records have multiple images attached.


Early Photography Presentation

For information about early photography, watch this presentation by Archival Assistant Krista Keller.

Bluewater District Schoolboard Records 

The Archives holds historic Bluewater District Schoolboard Records, including attendance registers, general registers, board minute books and cash books.  Contact to inquire about records related to particular schools.  Access to some of these materials is restricted under privacy legislation. 



Yearbooks are used to understand family history, school history, social experiences, education, and other qualities of a community!  Our Collection includes: 

If you have yearbooks not listed here, please contact us if you would like to donate them to our Collection! 

School History Resources 

  • Bruce County Genealogical Society Schools Clipping Binders:  Newspaper clippings and photocopies of school and class photographs and descriptions of school histories are organized in these binders. 
  • Community History Books:  Books written about former townships, towns and villages usually contain a chapter on education or schools.  We have all the books in the Research Room!  
  • General Registers:  The General Registers of schools often contain a page at the end in which historical information about the school is written 
  • Research Files:  Other researchers exploring the history of schools over the years have donated their notes and files. 
  • Photographs:  Photographs include class photos and building photos 
  • Public School Photographs 
  • High School Photographs 
  • School Reunions:  Our collection includes historical booklets prepared for school reunions, photographs and memorabilia collected at reunions, and records documenting the reunion events. 

School Sections 

Before the County Boards of Education were formed, rural schools were known by their “School Section”, such as S.S. No. 6 Greenock (a.k.a. Narva School).   

When searching for these schools in Online Collections, use “S.S. No. #” with the quotation marks. 

Online Collections & Property Research Video Tutorials

Visit Us in Person

The Research Room and Archives, including the Marine History and Underwater Archaeology Research Centre and the Bruce County Genealogical Society’s “Audrey Webster Underwood Library” are housed in the 1878 Southampton Public School, forming part of the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre. 


Make a Research Appointment

Contact or call the Research Room 226-909-2890 to book an appointment and/or discuss your research goals.

  • Researchers are encouraged to contact Archives Staff to make an appointment to ensure sufficient table space and/or computer and microfilm availability in the Research Room. 
  • When researchers share their goals with staff in advance, the necessary resources will be retrieved from the storage area before the researcher’s arrival.
  • Some items in the archival storage area may not be accessible on Saturdays, without advance notice.

Researcher Registration Form 

Before or at your first visit, you will be asked to complete the Researcher Registration Form.  You are invited to complete the form online before your visit:  Researcher Registration Form.


In the Research Room 

Knowledgeable archives staff 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 look at items 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
  • Businesses and organizations
  • Homes and properties
  • Natural history, marine history and many local topics of interest
  • People and family history
The Bruce County Archives is grateful for the partnership and support of Bruce County Historical Society, Bruce County Genealogical Society,  and Bruce & Grey Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society.

Research Requests

Unable to visit in person?  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.  *Please note, the minimum fee for completing a research request is $32.00, payable in advance. 

  • Research fee: $32.00 per hour, in increments of 1 hour, with a minimum fee of $32.00 + HST, payable in advance. If no resources are available relating to the request, you will be so advised in the initial ‘time/cost’ assessment, and no fee will be charged
  • Photocopies: 25 cents per page (legal/letter) – 50 cents per page  (ledger/tabloid)
  • Assisted copy service: 50 cents per page, PDF or physical copy, with a minimum fee of $15.00
  • Shipping & Handling: Minimum $5.00
  • Fax:  $2.00 minimum
  • Plus HST

Once your information is submitted, we will contact you via email of phone to confirm payment arrangements.

Research Request Form

  • eg. Birth, Death, Marriage, General
  • (anything you already have)
  • ($32 / hr)
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