The Archives are located within the Manor House in the quiet, historic village of Williamstown, Ontario. Some of our records date as far back as the late 1700’s.
When the land registry offices changed to microfilm records in the 1990’s, local history groups acquired the land record abstracts for Glengarry County. The Manor House Committee, a dedicated group of volunteers had these abstracts bound into 30 volumes (actually oversized books). The committee has worked over many years to preserve and share these and other related documents
The Glengarry Archives were established in order to stimulate interest and facilitate local history and genealogical research. People come from across North America to search the archives while tracing their family history.
- Archive Holdings: Land Record Abstracts and associated documents such as wills, mortgages, bills of sale, etc. Associated instruments (deeds) from 1867 to the 1990’s are also found in our records (those prior to 1867 are housed in the Ontario Archives)
- Church Records
– Glengarry Church indexes of baptisms, marriages, and burials, and cemetery transcriptions, compiled by Alex Fraser & Duncan D. MacDonald
– copies of original registers from Williamstown churches.
- Biographical Information on Sir John Johnson
– notably the research papers of Frank Risteen
- Tweedsmuir history books, Picnic Grove Women’s Institute
- Loyalist and Glengarry County history books.
- Local family histories and documents.
- Photographs and maps.