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Book a Research Appointment

If you haven’t used the collection at the Norfolk County Archives, there are a few things you can do to prepare for your visit. It will help our volunteers and staff to assist you and allow you to get the most out of your time with us.
Book an Appointment

When you visit:

Old books
  • 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.

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)


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: