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The Grimsby Historical Society welcomes new members. Membership is $18 for a single member and $25 for a family. This includes three newsletters each year, eight meetings, free or discounted ticket prices for Genealogy Workshops plus opportunities to take part in special events. To join, please send your cheque or Canadian money order to the Membership Chairman, c/o Grimsby Historical Society, P.O. Box 294, Grimsby, Ontario L3M 4G5.  All visitors are welcome.  

Look for more information on our meetings page.




The Archives will be temporarily closed due to the ongoing renovation of the Carnegie Building by the Town of Grimsby.

We expect to re-open in late May/early June.    Join us for our grand re-opening in the summer 2017. 


Genealogy Workshops 2017 

Given the success of the 2016 workshops,  the Grimsby Historical Society Archive volunteers are once again organizing Genealogy Workshops this winter to introduce people to reseraching their family history. 

The workshops can be useful to those just getting started on their family histories,  people who want to get back into genealogy or those who may be stuck and need some inspiration!

Workshops will be held January 28, February 25 and April 1.   Each session will cover different areas of genealogy and run from 10 am - noon at the Livingston Activity Centre, Grimsby.

Each session costs $5 to cover the cost of the facility.

January 28 - Introduction to Genealogy

February 25 - Introduction to 

April 1 - Interpretation of Wills, Demonstration of and Military Information


To secure your place at the workshop, please pre-register emailing 



Save the date - Wednesday April 19

Join the Grimsby Historical Society and friends on  Wednesday April 19 @ 7:30pm @ The Grimsby Museum for the monthly meeting.

The evening will feature John McKenty, author, who will be presenting "Canada Cycle & Motor Company: The CCM Story"

Looking forward to seeing all our friends and new ones too!    Admission is free and everyone is welcome! 


Trillium Grant 

The volunteers are very excited about the approval and implementation of a Trillium Grant that enabled the purchase and installation of new computer equipment and software!   We have three new desktops, one new laptop and a server linking them all together.     We are also in the process of implementing a new and improved Grimsby Historical Society web-site.    

Funding for this delightful enhancement was made possible by the Ontario Trillium Grant Foundation (OTF).  The OTF is an agency of the Goverment of Ontario and Canada's largest granting foundation.  Over $110 million is swarded annually to some 1000 nonprofit and charitable organizations across the province.    Each year, more than 3,000 applications are reviewed by hundreds of volunteers.  Supported by professional and experienced staff, volunteers bring knowledge of local needs and a wide range of expertise to the decision-making process.   

The Grimsby Historical Society is so thankful and honoured to be selected to be a recipient of an Ontario Trillium Grant.  

We know the results of this grant will enable us to continue to Preserve and Share Grimsby's Past for the Fuure. 


Grimsby Historical Society Archives

Begun briefly in 1913, the present-day Grimsby Historical society was formed in 1949 and since then has been collecting archival material relating to the history and people of Grimsby. An Archives Committee was established in 1999 to organize and preserve this material to make it accessible to the public. And so the Grimsby Historical Society Archives was formed.


The Grimsby Historical Society Archives is located in the renovated premises in the 1911 Carnegie Library Building at the corner of Adelaide and Ontario Streets, just one block north of Main Street. We are sharing this building with the Foundation of Resources for Teens (FORT).  Hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 until 3 except for statutory holidays, and Fridays from 9 until noon, or by appointment.

Our telephone number is 905-309-0796. To contact the historical society, send an email to . Email the archives at Our mailing address is P.O. Box 294, Grimsby, Ontario L3M 4G5.

The collection includes diaries, directories, local history publications, scrapbooks, school yearbooks, family history documents, material on the government of North Grimsby Township, a microfiche copy of the Ontario Land Records Index. We also have an extensive obituary index, and a growing collection of information on Grimsby streets and homes, and their inhabitants over the years. Any print material relating to the history of our town and residents is gratefully received.

We also have files on over 100 local families, some including considerable genealogical information. Visit the Family History page. Genealogists will also be interested to hear that births, deaths, and marriages in Grimsby newspapers are now being indexed. Search for names on the Our Ontario web site by clicking on Ontario newspaper Index.

Grimsby is a town with a long and interesting history. In 1787, a group of about 40 United Empire Loyalists settled here at the mouth of the Forty Mile Creek. As the years have gone by, the town had gone through numerous changes, being first a small rural village, then a centre for the manufacture of farm machinery, hospital furniture and other metal products, and later the hub of the Niagara Peninsula's fruit-growing industry. For many years, Grimsby has also had a successful fishing industry which lasted until the 1960's.

Click here for the Hamilton Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society

Click here for what's going on in Grimsby

Click here for Town of Grimsby information


Engagement of the Forty

Copies are now available at the Grimsby Historical Society Archives. This is Brian Purdy's award-winning video of the re-enactment of the Engagement at the Forty that took place on June 8, 2013. Price: $7.50. 

Grimsby Chautauqua

The Grimsby Chautauqua Online Portal Project is a partnership of the Grimsby Public Library and Art Gallery, Grimsby Historical Society Archives and the Town of Grimsby, and was made possible thanks to the generous funding from the Government of Ontario. Click here for the portal.






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