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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.

Then & Now - Town of the Blue Mountains History Project

Photographs, maps, audio and videorecordings of the history of the Blue Mountains. Maintained by the Blue Mountains Public Library.

Historical Photos

A collection of local historical photographs searchable by community, keyword and year. Originals are held by the Craigleith Heritage Depot. Beaver Valley, Collingwood Township, Blue Mountains.

BiblioBoard - exhibits, digital books and more

Exciting online exhibits featuring local history, as well as digital books, articles, videos, audio, and other public domain material. Helpful resources for readers, researchers, students.

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.


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.


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.

Canadiana Online

Canadiana Online consists of keyword searchable collections of:  Monographs, Government Publications, and Serials – Periodicals, Annuals and Newspapers.

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.

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 occasion, 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.

Digital Archive Ontario

Current and historical content, curated by the Toronto Public Library. Includes photos, maps, postcards, city directories of Ontario communities. Contains local material relevant to the Town of The Blue Mountains.

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.

Indigenous Resources in Archives

A list of online exhibits, thematic guides and links to archival descriptions and material that relate to Indigenous communities throughout Ontario and Canada.  Compiled by the Archives Association of Ontario.

Indigenous Territories

An interactive map showing traditional territories, languages and treaties of Indigenous people on Turtle Island / North America and other areas of the world. Also see Whose Land.

Ontario Land Registry Access

Search Ontario Land Property Records 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.

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.

Petun Research Institute

The Institute conducts and publish interdisciplinary scholarly research particularly relating to the Petun-Wyandot native people. Of particular local interest is: Craigleith and the Birth of the Wyandot Tribe.

Thornbury Townsite Map 1855

Map of Collingwood Township (Thornbury townsite). Created by the Department of Crown Lands, 1855. Available through the Archives of Ontario Visual Database.

Towards Truth and Reconciliation

A list of free and openly available resources for those seeking to critically examine colonialism, the legacy of the residential school system, and Indigenous issues in Canada; the diversification of collections as part of the truth and reconciliation process; access barriers for Indigenous peoples to institutionally held archival holdings; the ethics of collection use and digitization. Compiled by the Archives Association of Ontario.

Wyandot Nation of Kansas

The Wyandot Nation of Kansas is dedicated to the preservation of Wyandot history and culture and the preservation, protection, restoration and maintenance of the Huron Indian Cemetery in Kansas City, Kansas.  The Wyandot Nation of Kansas is proud to be a member of the Wendat Confederacy. 

Grey County Communities - Century+ Sampler Map

Sites with the Canada 150 logo, existed at or before 1867, at the same location. This project supported in part by Young Canada Works in Heritage Institutions/Jeunesse Canada au travail. A story map by Grey Roots.

Heritage Property Evaluation

Helpful for historic house and property research. A guide to listing, researching and evaluating cultural heritage property in Ontario communities, part of the Ontario Heritage Toolkit. See pg. 28 for "Researching a Property."

How to Research a Heritage Property

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

Researching Land Records

A research guide list to resources at the Archives of Ontario to help you start research into land records.

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