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Researching Local History

The Town of the Blue Mountains was formed in 2001 with the amalgamation of the Township of Collingwood and the Town of Thornbury.  Communities in the municipality include Thornbury, Banks, Camperdown, Castle Glen Estates, Christie Beach, Clarksburg, Craigleith, Duncan, Gibraltar, Heathcote, Kolapore, Little Germany, Loree, Ravenna, Red Wing, Slabtown, and Victoria Corners.

Visit the Then & Now Local History ArchivesThe Then & Now The Blue Mountains History Project is an online collection of photographs, maps and (coming soon) videos the document the history of the Town of the Blue Mountains. Browse by community or subject, search by keyword or just happily wander. The website is a work-in-progress and we are always looking for volunteers who are interested in working on the project.

Clarksburg Sesquicentennial collection from the Virtual Museum of Canada: Did you know that Clarksburg was founded in 1860, or that it celebrated it's 150th birthday - also known as a sesquicentennial - in 2010? In celebration of this occassion, past staff of the Craigleith Heritage Depot collected over 300 photographs of memories from Clarksburg's history to create a Virtual Museum of Canada Community Memories online exhibition.

Local history books in our collection

Historical Photos Database: An online database of local historical photographs, searchable by community, key words, and date. These photographs are located in our Local History Collection at the library. This is a collection created in 2005 and will be eventually migrated into the Then & Now The Blue Mountains History Project website.

Local newspapers on microfiche Obituaries between 1918 and 2004 have been indexed but unfortunately no general index of exists for articles published before 2008.

The Library has the Ontario Archives land record index, ca. 1780-1920 on microfiche. The Land Registry Office is located in Owen Sound. Visit during office hours to search and view land records for Grey County. There is a charge if you wish to make copies.

Ontario Land Registry Access OnLand is your online information source from the Ontario Land Registration and Writs system. This channel gives you access to official, property-related information and documents.

The L.E. Shore Memorial Library : a Living Legacy (PDF) A history of the L.E. Shore Memorial Library

Who was L.E. Shore?