Local History & Genealogy

Visit our Local History & Genealogy Department to access our collection of books, local history files, newspapers on microfilm, and other documents relating to the history of the Collingwood area.

Our collection includes histories of local towns and townships, schools, theatres, historical and residential buildings, and places of worship. We also have business directories, telephone books, and local high school yearbooks.

Our local history department focuses on Collingwood, Simcoe, Grey and Bruce Counties but also contains some books relating to other parts of the province.

Our genealogy collection includes an extensive collection of birth, marriage, and death registration records for the Town of Collingwood and townships in Simcoe, Grey, and Bruce Counties. There are census records for these counties, plus transcriptions of the cemeteries for the Town of Collingwood and the various townships in Simcoe, Grey, and Bruce Counties. 

The library has a small collection of guidebooks to help patrons with their genealogical research. 

Recommended Resources

The Genealogy Database is an index to marriage, birth and death announcements in our microfilm collection. The entries in the database indicate where to find specific entries in our local newspaper collection. Contact Suzanne McLean for more information about this service.

Ancestry Library edition: A key resource for genealogical research, Ancestry Library Edition has census information, vital records, immigration and military records, photographs, maps, and gazetteers. Coverage with this resource includes Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Ancestry Library Edition is only accessible from the library.

FamilySearch.org: Family Search is a genealogical organization and is the largest genealogical organization in the world. Family search maintains a collection of records, resources, and services designed to help people learn more about their history. Sign up for a free account with limited access from home. For an enhanced research experience use our public computer stations


If you have questions about our local history and genealogy collections or services, please contact Suzanne McLean at 705-445-1571, ext. 6228 or smclean@collingwoodpubliclibrary.ca