The Bruce and Grey Branch has an extensive collection of genealogical publications. These publications range from Family Histories with Bruce or Grey references, to Cemetery Listings, to Research Guides and How-to Books, to a Newspaper BMD Surname Collection. This genealogical collection is housed at the North Grey & Union Public Library located at 824 1st Avenue West in Owen Sound, Ontario.
The Bruce & Grey Branch has undertaken many projects over the years since its founding.
Our Surname Collection is actually a number of collections of newspaper clippings that volunteers have put in scrapbooks over the years. The photo to the right shows just one of these collections before it was digitized. These collections hold mostly birth, marriage and death announcements but they also include anniversaries, birthdays, engagements, promotions, graduations, military honours etc. These collections include clippings covering approximately 140 years (early 1870’s to 2010). It is a goldmine of information for Family History researchers with ties to Bruce & Grey counties. This collection can be found in our Members Only. Surnames available are A – P.
It was the mandate of BGOGS to transcribe and record information from every cemetery in both Bruce and Grey Counties. This was a huge project and took several years to complete. During recent years, these Cemeteries Listings are being updated to provide researchers with up-to-date information. These can be viewed under the Free Resources tab.
Indexing of census records and extracts of Births Marriages and Deaths from various newspapers in Bruce and Grey Counties are continuing to be done by many different volunteers.
Over the years, our branch has been instrumental in producing many varied genealogical publications. BGOGS Publications for Sale are available as Digital Downloads on the Ontario Ancestors Marketplace.