Genealogy & Local History

Want to find out the history of Grey Highlands? Interested in genealogy? Want to read a newspaper that isn’t 90% advertisements? The following links host records of the area and most can be accessed from the comfort of your own home.

  • The Agnes Macphail Digitization Project – Discover the Grey County roots of Canada’s first female Member of Parliament, and browse the digital collection of unique local artifacts.
  • Grey Highlands Local Newspapers – View digital copies of the Flesherton Advance and the Markdale Standard dating back to 1880 and up to the 1950’s. PDF versions are available for printing/sharing.
  • Split Rail Country Photo Collection – These images have been made public as part of the Split Rail Country: History of Artemesia collection, and are additional to those printed in the Split Rail Country Vol. II history book. Hosted by Our
  • Library Edition – Genealogy research tool provides access to over 1 billion names, 3000 databases and primary resources. In Library use only.
  • Split Rail Country: A History of Artemesia Township – Digital edition of the local history book about the setting and settlers of Artemesia Township, Grey County, Ontario.
  • South Grey Museum – Hosts a community history collection representing the settlement and development of Southern Grey County.
  • Heritage Grey Highlands – This committee has put together information and created resources about our local heritage sites, including listed and designated properties in Grey Highlands.
  • Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid – This database will enable you to search surnames, cemetery names, and the location of over 3 million interments from several thousand cemeteries across Ontario.
  • The Canadian County Atlas Digital Project – County Atlases have been digitized by McGill University, allowing you to search maps and people. The Grey County map was printed in 1880.
  • Ontario Genealogical Society – Learn more about genealogy through the society’s website.