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Local History Room Materials


“Diary 1878-1881” by Rowe, B.R. (built chapel in 1908, moved to present site of St. Athanasius in 1927)

“Joseph Jones diary excerpts” by Jones, Joseph Howard (employee at Longford Mills)

“The Diary of Captain John Thomson: Orillia pioneer of 1832” by Thomson, John

“Matilda Hatley’s Orillia diary, 1892” by Hatley, Matilda (lived in Orillia for 18 months with her uncle, James Jethro Hatley *”Netley” in Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town*)

Minutes include but not limited to:

Orillia Board of Trade 1890-1958

Orillia City Council 1971-2008

Simcoe District Municipal Council 1843-47, 1902-11, 1960, 1963


City of Orillia (areas of)

City of Orillia (full)

Simcoe County (Townships)

Simcoe County (full & areas of)


Transportation, Waterways & Railways

Cemetery Records

Ardtrea United Church

Atherley Union

Barrie Union

Big Chief Island / Rama Town / Shilling


Craighurst Presbyterian

Fairvalley Methodist Church


Hobart Memorial Church

Knox Presbyterian Church

Longford Mills United Church


The Old Catholic (Church of the Guardian Angels)

Rama Reserve

Ramona United Church

Sebright United Church

St. Andrew's Roman Catholic

St. Andrew's and St. James'

St. Andrew's and St. James', pre 1901

St. Columbkille Roman Catholic

St. George's Anglican

St. George's Lake Union (St. Paul's Anglican)

St. James Anglican Church

St. Joseph Roman Catholic (Black River Roman Catholic – Fawkham)

St. Luke's Anglican Church

St. Michael's Roman Catholic

Udney United


Newspapers (on microfilm)

Orillia Expositor 1867-1869, 1872-1873

Lindsay Expositor 1869-1870

Northern Light 1869-1872

Orillia Packet (weekly) 1870-1924

Orillia Times (weekly) 1873-1924

Coldwater Tribune & Waubashene Investigator 1889-1890

Orillia Daily Times 1889-1891

Orillia Newsletter 1907-1934

Orillia Packet & Times 1928-2017

Orillia Sun 1985-1992

*Orillia Today 1991-present (in hard copy)

Census Records (not all years are available)

City of Barrie 1974

East Simcoe 1894-1977, 1981

Mara 1974-1985

Medonte 1976-1988

Orillia 1876-2006

Oro 1966-1988

Rama 1976-1988

Simcoe North 1979, 1984, 1988


Birth, Marriage, Death Records (catalogued by date)




Bell Directory: Barrie, Orillia, Collingwood, Midland, and surrounding area 1996-2016

Farmers & Business Directory 1890, 1893-4, 1903 (all on microfilm) / 1890, 1901, 1910 (hard copy)

List of Industries 1980-1995

Orillia Directory of Industries (covers 1850-1980)

Simcoe Gazetteer & Directory (family history & genealogy) 1866-67, 1872-73, 1890 (all on microfilm)

Vernon’s 1901-2, 1930, 1933, 1937, 1939, 1942, 1950, 1952, 1961, 1966, 1969, 1971, 1974-1999 (bi-annually)


School Yearbooks


Couchiching Heights Public School 1999-2012

Marchmont Public School 1999-2002

Mount Slaven Public School Centennial Diary 1967

Uptergrove Public School 1980-1998


ODCVI “Oricolle” 1925, 1948-2010

Park Street Collegiate Institute “Paragon” 1962-2007

Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary School “Retrospective” 1987, 1989, 1990

Twin Lakes Secondary School “Geminian” 1972-2007