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Box 1083, Port Elgin, Ontario, Canada N0H 2C0

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Bruce County Sites

Bruce County Bruce County's website. Includes tourism information.

Bruce County GenWeb Maps, lists of cemeteries and churches, queries, and the Bruce Mailing List.

Bruce County Heritage Association Holds an annual steam and antique show.

Bruce County Historical Society

Bruce County Military History Presents the military collections of the Bruce County Archives and Museum. 

Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre, Southampton. Includes Bruce County's Archives.

Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre - Online Collections

Bruce County Virtual War Memorial Bruce County men and women who served valiantly and gave their lives for their country, with links to their memorials at the Canadian Virtual Memorial.

Cabot Head Lighthouse Near Tobermory.

Carrick: Archives Includes Carrick Township births, marriages, deaths and census info.

Chantry Island Lighthouse  At Southampton.

Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation Located on the eastern shore of the Bruce Peninsula.

new Dunblane Historical information about the hamlet at the corners of Saugeen, Arran and Elderslie townships.

new Glammis Historical information about the community at the corners of Greenock, Bruce and Kincardine townships.

Historic Saugeen Métis, Saugeen Métis Council. History and photographs about the Métis families at the mouth of the Saugeen River, Southampton, Ontario.

Kincardine Times Community news.

Paisley Advocate Community newspaper with lots of local history content.

Postcards from the Bay A glimpse into the history of Colpoy's Bay and Wiarton.

Saugeen First Nation  Located on Lake Huron at the base of the Bruce Peninsula.

Saugeen Times Community news.

Township of Bruce Historical Society Lots of useful information for researchers.

Treasure Chest Museum In Paisley.


1867 Directory of the County of Bruce Excerpts from the directory.

County of Huron, Kincardine and Lucknow Directory Published 1881. Kincardine and Lucknow are in Bruce County.

Gazetteer and Directory of Bruce County Published 1880.

Benchmarks: A History of Eastnor Township and Lion's Head

new Bruce County's Black Pioneers by Sylvia Hasbury. Published 2013.

Bruce Township tales and trails: from early days to 1983 

The Brucedale Press This Bruce County book publisher has books with a local focus, such as Heroes in Waiting: The 160th Bruce Battalion in the Great War which is a good  genealogical resource, and Bruce County in Words 2010 (PDF), a bibliographical reference.

The History of the County of Bruce by Norman Robertson

Incidents of Pioneer Days at Guelph and the County of Bruce by David Kennedy

Churches and Cemeteries

Lutheran and Anglican Ministries of the Bruce Peninsula Has histories of the churches.

Bruce County Cemetery Transcriptions on Microfilm The Archives of Ontario's listing of microfilms available through interlibrary loan. 

Bruce County Cemeteries Photographs from cemeteries in Albemarle, Arran, Brant, Bruce, Carrick and Culross townships.

Bruce County Gravemarker Gallery Photographed cemeteries. Part of The Canadian Gravemarker Gallery.

Family Histories

Brown and Bryce Families William Brown owned and operated the Lockerby Mill in Elderslie Township from 1883 - 1923. Thomas Bryce and his family lived in Saugeen Township.

Descendants of William Wesley Latimer  William Wesley Latimer settled in Greenock Township, Bruce County. 

Watson and related families, south of Paisley. See also the diary of Sadie Estelle Roumey of Greenock Township.

Ontario Sites

Grey County

Agnes Macphail. Includes digitalized documents. Although she was raised in Grey County, Agnes Macphail taught for a while at the Gowanlock School in Saugeen Township, Bruce County.

Beth Ezekiel Synagogue, Owen Sound. Canada's last small town synagogue.

Billy Bishop Heritage Museum, Owen Sound. Billy Bishop was Canada's most famous WWI flying ace.

Flesherton Advance and the Markdale Standard, digitalized and searchable.

Gazetteer and Directory of the County of Grey for 1865-6

Graveyard Rabbit of Grey County, Ontario

Grey County Historical Society

Grey Roots Museum and Archives Grey County's museum and archives, near Owen Sound.

Greenwood Cemetery, Owen Sound, Grey County A list of cemetery records is available.

A History of the County of Grey

Owen Sound's Black History Owen Sound, Grey County, was the last terminus of the Underground Railroad.

Split Rail County: A History of Artemesia Township

Rest of Ontario

Canadian County Atlas Digital Project Includes Bruce County, 1880.

Canadian Local History: The First Gazetteer of Upper Canada by Henry Scadding, 1800

Historical Plaques of Ontario Transcriptions of some of Bruce County's historical plaques.

Huron County Museum In Goderich.

Official Road Map of Ontario From the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, in PDF format.

Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid Index of surnames in Ontario cemeteries.

Ontario Land Registry Offices Bruce County's is in Walkerton.

Ontario Locator Use this site to look up the location of places in Ontario both old and new, and even if they don't exist anymore.

 new Ontario War Memorials Excellent photos and descriptions.

The Ontario Vital Statistics Project Transcribed by volunteers.

Veterans of Southwestern Ontario

Wesleyan Methodist Baptismal Register


Anglican Diocese of Huron Archives Bruce County is in this diocese.

Archives of Ontario

Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada fonds In the Archives of the Laurier Library, Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario.

Mennonite Archives of Ontario At Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo.

United Church Archives Local church records for most of Ontario. Includes many Methodist, Presbyterian, Congregational and Evangelical United Brethren congregations.

Genealogical Societies

British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa

Lanark County Genealogical Society

Manitoulin Genealogical Club Manitoulin Island is north of Bruce County, in Lake Huron.

Muskoka Parry Sound Genealogy Group

Ontario Genealogical Society - Branches All of the OGS branches are listed here.

Sioux Lookout Genealogical Society In Ontario's far north.

Temiskaming Genealogy Group Northeastern Ontario, including New Liskeard and Kirkland Lake.

Upper Ottawa Valley Genealogical Group Renfrew County, Ontario, and Pontiac County, Quebec.

Canadian Sites

Alberta Family Histories Society

Alberta Genealogical Society

Anglo-Celtic Connections Genealogy and related news and views with a British-Canadian perspective.

Automated Genealogy Volunteer-created indices for the 1851, 1901, 1906 and 1911 censuses.

The Baptist year book (historical number) for Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba and the North-West Territories and British Columbia

British Columbia Archives Vital Event Indexes

British Columbia Genealogical Society

Canadian Adoptees Registry 

Canadian Census of Industrial Establishments, 1871

Canadian Directories

Canadian Genealogy Centre Library and Archives of Canada.

Canadian Geographical Names Search the Geographical Names Board of Canada's database.

Canadian Virtual War Memorial

CensusFinder Canada Census Records Online

Champlain Society Digital Collection

Checklist of Indexes to Canadian Newspapers Held by the National Library of Canada

Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online

Family History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador

Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia

Handbook of Canadian Methodism This 1867 book lists ministers, preachers, circuits and missions.

Heraldry Society of Canada

Hudson's Bay Company Archives

Jewish Genealogical Society of Canada (Toronto)

Library and Archives Canada

Manitoba Genealogical Society

Manitoba Vital Statistics

National Institute of Genealogical Studies

New Brunswick Genealogical Society

New Brunswick Provincial Archives

Places in Canada Place names are linked to internet map sites.

Presbyterian Church in Canada Archives and Records Office

Prince Edward Island Genealogy

Prince Edward Island Genealogical Society

Quaker Archives and Library of Canada

Quebec Family History Society

Saskatchewan Genealogical Society

Saskatchewan Genealogy Index Saskatchewan government online index of births and deaths.

Ships Passenger Lists to Canada

United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada

Bruce County's Townships (before  1998 amalgamations)

Albemarle Township
Colpoy's Bay United Church, Colpoy's Bay, Albemarle Township, Bruce County

Amabel Township
Wiarton, Amabel Township, Bruce County

Arran Township
Christ Church Anglican Cemetery Record, Tara, Arran Township, Bruce County

Brant Township
Walkerton town clock, Walkerton, Brant Township, Bruce County

Bruce Township
Underwood United Church, Underwood, Bruce Township, Bruce County

Carrick Township
Mildmay church, Mildmay, Carrick Township, Bruce County

Culross Township
Salem United Church, Culross Township, Bruce County

Eastnor Township
Barrow Bay, Eastnor Township, Bruce County

Elderslie Township
Memorial plaque, hamlet of Williscroft, Elderslie Township, Bruce County

Greenock Township
Plaque, village of Pinkerton, Greenock Township, Bruce County

Huron Township
Huron Township Hall, Ripley, Huron Township, Bruce County

Kincardine Township
Mural, village of Tiverton, Kincardine Township, Bruce County

Kinloss Township
South Kinloss Presbyterian Church

Lindsay Township
War Memorial, Lindsay Township, Bruce County

Saugeen Township
Dunblane Presbyterian Church, Saugeen Township, Bruce County

St. Edmunds Township

Lighthouse, Tobermory, St. Edmunds Township, Bruce County
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