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Virtual Museum - Craigleith Heritage Depot

Visit the virtual museum of the Craigleith Heritage Depot! View exciting local history online exhibits, online weekly programs, and other digital resources available. Great for students, researchers, and other curious minds!

Yesterday's News

Historic news bites from Thornbury Review-Herald and Courier-Herald from approx. 25, 50, 100 years ago. Source newspapers are on microfiche at the Craigleith Heritage Depot. May require logging in to Facebook to join the group. Find group on Craigleith Heritage Depot's FB page.

Index to Obituaries in Thornbury, Ontario Newspapers, 1960-2004 by James N. Thatcher

Includes obituaries from the Review Herald, Valley Courier, and Courier Herald from 1960-2004, complied by James N. Thatcher. Library Edition

Trace your family history by searching for historical records on Ancestry Library Edition.

Records from Canada, the United States, and parts of Europe, including census and voter lists, birth, marriage and death, military, immigration and emigration, family trees, newspapers and periodicals, directories and member lists, stories, memories and histories, court, land, wills and financial, reference materials and finding aids, pictures, maps, and atlases and gazetteers.

Access to Ancestry Library Edition has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry. Remote access will be available until the end of May and will be re-evaluated monthly as needed. Access is limited to desktop computers at this time.

Here's how to access Ancestry from home:

  1. Visit our online catalogue.
  2. Log in with your library card and PIN (the last 4 digits of your phone number).
  3. Click the Ancestry logo.

Search Archeion to find records of businesses, individuals, families and organizations from all periods of the province's history (Ontario). The archives described include photographs, diaries, minute books, church registers and municipal records.

Learn about how to search Archeion here.

Archives of Ontario

The Archives of Ontario is the second largest archives in Canada and provides a window into the past for all Ontarians, connecting us with our ancestors, our communities and our government. Access a unique and multi-faceted collection that includes records dating back to the late 16th century and contains everything from hand-written ledgers to electronic files, hand-drawn maps, architectural drawings, photographs, films and sound recordings. Includes online databases, exhibits, research guides and more.


Canada Gen Web's Cemetery Project

Browse the directory by location covering the Thornbury Clarksburg Union Cemetery. Includes photographs of gravestones.  

Canadian County Atlas Digital Project

A searchable database of the property owners' names which appear on the township maps in the county atlases. Township maps, portraits and properties have been scanned, with links from the property owners' names in the database. Created by McGill University.

Censuses - Library and Archives Canada

A database of Canadian censuses from 1825-1926 available online. Transcripts of multiple local censuses available to view in person at the Craigleith Heritage Depot as well.

Early Canadiana Online

The most complete set of full-text historical content about Canada, including books, magazines and government documents  This includes material published from the time of the first European settlers to the first half of the 20th century. Content spans 21 languages, including French, English, Latin, Greek, and many First Nations languages. is the largest non-profit genealogy organization in the world. Search for records from around the globe including Canada, and UK and Ireland.

Genealogy and Family History - Library and Archives Canada

Step-by-step instructions on researching your family tree. Links to databases and resources, maintained by librarians at Library and Archives Canada.

Grey County Census and Cemetery Transcriptions

Cemetery Transcriptions listed by historic township. Grey County Census information listed by location. Links to PDF documents.

Grey County Historic Communities

Images from the Grey Roots Archival Collection. Searchable by map or community name.


The Héritage project is a 10-year initiative to digitize and make accessible online some of Canada’s most popular archival collections encompassing roughly 40 million pages of primary-source documents. Chronicling the country and its people from the 1600s to the mid-1900s, this collection represents a vast and unique resource for Canadian historians, students, and genealogists.

Ontario Genealogical Society

Mission: to encourage, bring together and assist those interested in the pursuit of family history and to preserve our Ontario genealogical heritage. Includes resources for genealogical research such as webinars, links to cemetery indexes, student lesson plans, webinars and more.

Our Ontario

Our Ontario Find digital image, text, audio and video materials about Ontario history, heritage and culture. Search the collections of libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, heritage and community groups, government agencies, and private collections in Ontario and across Canada...via a single search portal. Search results link you to the digital content on the contributing partner's web site.

WWI Personnel Records

Search the Personnel Records of the First World War using name and/or regimental number. A Library and Archives Canada initiative.

How to Research a Heritage Property

An introduction on how to research a heritage property - a publication of Ontario Heritage Trust. 

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