Welcome to the Archives
"To discover and rescue from the unsparing hand of time the recordswhich yet remain of the earliest history of Canada. To preserve while inour power, such documents as may be found amid the dust of yet unexploreddepositories, and which may prove important to general history and to theparticular history of this Province, County of Richmond and adjacent areas'."(RCHS Charter October 2, 1962)
The above quote from the charter of RCHS expresses the purpose for thefounding of this historical society. To that end, an archive developedand grew with historical papers and documents of particular interest toRichmond County. These documents include paper records (letters, diaries,journals and other unpublished written materials); photographs and othervisual records; maps, plans and architectural records; sound recordingsand oral history tapes; printed material (eg. local newspapers, books),electronically stored data and the records of the Richmond County HistoricalSociety.
Local HistoryGeneral references for local history include listings for: Richmond,Danville, Melbourne, South Durham, Ulverton, Greenlay, Brompton, Windsor,St. Cyr, Denison's Mills, Kingsey, Trenholmville, L'Avenir, Asbestos, Kingsbury,Kirkdale, Shipton, Cleveland.
Family History researchers will find many sources for information,which include:
- Cemetery indexes
- Index of individual names in local cemeteries.
- Census Records: Township of Melbourne 1851, Township of Ely 1861, Countyof Drummond(Durham) 1861, Township of Shipton 1851, Township of Kingsey1861.
- Land Grant Indexes
- Books of Birth, Marriages,Deaths for District of St. Francis 1815-1879
- Individual family histories
- Computer listings of genealogy
- Index of the Annals of Richmond County & Vicinity, Vol. 1 & 2 rev.ed.1998
- Legal Documents-photocopies
Original newspapers, which number in excess of 600, date from 1864-1928.These include:
- Richmond Guardian
- Richmond Times-Guardian
- Times & County Record
- Richmond News & District of St. Francis Advocate
- Danville Courier
- Danville Times
- Danville Union
- Windsor Times
Photographs & Maps
Richmond County Historical Society's collection of local area photographsand postcards includes: schools, churches, industry, mercantile, mining, agriculture,railway, portraits and social life.
A wide assortment of maps of the local areas is available.
Rail enthusiasts and historians will find information and photographsfor the following historic railways:
- Orford Mountain Railway
- Grand Trunk Railway
- Asbestos & Danville Railway
The archives house collections of papers/ photographs donated by localfamilies. Included among these are:
- Annett Collection
- Christine Aspinall Collection
- Boast Collection
- Booth Collection
- Day Collection
- Dickson Collection
- Doyle Collection
- Grainger Collection
- Gilchrist Collection
- Harkom Collection
- Hayes Collection
- Horan Collection
- Ignatieff Collection
- Manning Collection
- McAdams Collection
- Paige Collection
- Pray Collection
- St. Cyr Collection
- Watters/Sims Collection
The following Web sites are especially useful to the researcher who is searching for Richmond County (Eastern Townships of Quebec) information:
Eastern Townships Resource Centre
Fabian Will, Executive Director
819-822-9600, ext. 2647
Vicky Martineau, Archivist
Le Centre de l'Estrie des Archives nationales du Québec
225, rue Frontenac, bureau 401
Sherbrooke (Québec) J1H 1K1
Tél. : (819) 820-3010
Téléc. : (819) 820-3146
Courriel : firstname.lastname@example.org
Horaire: Lundi au vendredi : 8 h 30 à 12 h et 13 h à 16 h 30
For Roman Catholic records, e.g., Irish ancestry contact the Secretary at:
Ste. Bibiane Parish
970, rue Principale Nord,
Richmond, QC J0B 2Ho Canada
Office Hours: Mon to Fri., 9am to 1 pm"
RCHS is a non-profit organization funded by memberships, donations,admission fees,
and fundraising events.
The archives is open by appointment only.
For more information visit our policies page.