Using the Archives
We welcome individuals from all over Canada and the US to come and perform research at the archives. The Reading Room is equipped with two computers for public access with free WiFi and a microfilm reader with printing capabilities.
- When you visit:
- Bring along as much information as possible on the family members, persons or topic you are researching. Information should include relevant dates if known, names of other family members, places in Norfolk where the person may have lived, etc.
- Provide any sources that you have already checked for information; this will prevent staff from searching for information you already know.
- Try to focus on a single individual, family line or topic and go from there. The more precise the easier it will be to conduct the research.
- If you are seeking information on a particular property, make sure you can provide the municipal address and concession/lot and plan number.
- If you are coming from out of town, it may be helpful to call or email us in advance with any specific information that you are looking for so that staff can retrieve any relevant documents and have them ready.
- Food and drink are not allowed in the Archives, however, we are surrounded by several restaurants. There is also a picnic table on site. Feel free to leave for lunch or a coffee break and return to continue with your research after you’ve recharged.
If you plan on staying a couple of days in beautiful Norfolk County, visit our Norfolk County Tourism website for more information about activities, accommodations, and restaurants: www.norfolktourism.ca
For further information about using the archival collection at Norfolk County, researchers can read the rules and regulations before they arrive. Please see the Researcher Rules & Regulations (PDF document)
There are a variety of methods in which you can obtain records from the Norfolk County Archives. The fees associated with photocopying, scanning and printing copies of archival records can be found in our Schedule of Fees (PDF document). Photocopying can be conducted on-site in the reading room but photo reproduction will be conducted by the archivist and may take one – two weeks to complete. Please see our Photocopying Policy (PDF document) to learn more about copying records at the archives.
If you cannot visit our facility, Norfolk County Archives offers long-distance research services. Staff and volunteers can conduct research on your behalf (research fees will apply – please see ‘Fee Schedule’ (PDF document) for our current rates).
Our resources and service mandate allow us to accept only research requests with a tangible connection to Norfolk County. However, we can guide researchers to other archival repositories where the records may be available.
For information about services offered by the archives and associated costs, please consult our Schedule of Fees or email us at [email protected]
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 closure in 2020/2021 we have experienced a backlog of research requests and may take longer than usual to respond to new requests. Thank you for your understanding.