SCHA General Meetings


April Meeting

Date: Tuesday, April 4,  2017
– Time – 7:30 p.m.

Location: Barrie City Hall, Collier St.

Speaker: Michael Moir

Topic: Collingwood Shipyards


Date: Tuesday May 9,  2017
Time – 7:30 p.m.

Location: Barrie City Hall, Collier St.

Speaker: Judith Banville

Topic: The Barrie Tornado


Mark Your Calendars

May Dinner and Meeting

Date: Tues. May 23, 2017
Price: $25.00
Contact: John Merritt to reserve your ticket
Time: Social and Silent Auction 5:30 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00
AGM and Speaker to follow

Location: Midhurst United Church
91 Doran Rd RR 1, Midhurst, ON L0L 1X0

Jay Young– Archivist with Archives of Ontario 


Family Ties: Ontario Turns 150

This presentation will focus on stories of four family groups in Ontario at the time of Confederation, and how their lives intersected with larger historical forces of the era. Based on the Archives of Ontario’s exhibit,
Family Ties: Ontario Turns 150, this presentation will also touch on themes of early photography in Ontario, communication, social change, and the value of genealogy in studying the past.


Upcoming Events


“Active Archives: Bringing Ontario’s History Online”

OHS Symposium at the Archives of Ontario

When:  Thursday, April 6 from 1:30-4:00 p.m.

Where: Archives of Ontario
George Spragge Classroom, Archives of Ontario
134 Ian MacDonald Blvd, Toronto, ON

Admission is FREE, but space is limited!

Registration not necessary.

Complimentary refreshments will be provided courtesy of the Archives of Ontario

Topics: The day will feature a series of presentations exploring new pathways and initiatives in the delivery and preservation of historical materials in Ontario.

Dee Psaila- Manager, Digitization & Operations, Information Privacy and Archives, Archives of Ontario
“Share the Load: Digitization Partnerships at the Archives of Ontario”

Daniel Dishaw – Communications & Outreach Coordinator, OHS,

Hassam Munir  – York University History Student & OHS Placement Student

“Public History on Social Media: Reaching New Audiences”

Sarah McCabe – Project Manager, Ontario Historical Society

“Bringing Ontario History Journal Online: 117 Years of Scholarship”

Alison Norman, PhD – Research Advisor, Ministry of Indigenous Relations & Reconciliation / Research Associate, Frost Centre for Canadian & Indigenous Studies, Trent University

“Indigenous History Online: Research, Writing & Preservation”

bluelineBarrie Legion’s commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Battle at Vimy Ridge
Date: Sunday April 9, 2017
Time: 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Location: 410 St. Vincent St., Barrie

This is a no-charge event but that the Legion encourages all who come to this event wear a Vimy Pin in solidarity with our Remembrance. If they don’t already have a Vimy Pin, they are on sale for $5 from the Barrie Legion Bar Steward. (see 2nd attachment).  The Barrie Legion uses the funds from the sale of Vimy Pins to help support our educational programs at the Legion. 


  • Outdoor Parade and Wreath Laying Ceremony at 1pm (Parade Marshal, Fern Taillefer);
  • Indoor WWI Militaria Display (opens at 12:30pm)
  • Speakers Presentations beginning at 2pm Opening Remarks – Start at 2PM – Call on Federal, Provincial and City Representatives to Bring Greetings;
    • 1st Speaker – Start 2:10PM – Darcy Murray, Simcoe County Men who fought at Vimy Ridge (30 Minutes);
    • 2nd Speaker – Start 2:40PM – Lori Oschefski – The British Home Children Fighting at Vimy (30 Minutes);
    • 3rd Speaker – Start 3:20PM MGen Glynne Hines – The Royal Cdn. Legion and the OSI Special Section (20 to 30 Minutes)
    • 4th Speaker – Start 3:50PM (KeyNote) – University of Western Ontario Prof. Andrew Iarroci – Canada Remembers Vimy (50 to 60 Minutes)

Prof. Iarroci is a Canadian History Professor at UWO who co-edited the book Vimy Ridge, A Canadian Reassessment.

bluelineRamara Historical Society ~Yesteryear Celebration 2017~Saturday July, 29, 2017Visit the Website for complete information.An event designed for people of all ages, families, historians, farmers, educators and more. Partake in hands -on demonstrations, view military artefacts, speak with knowledgeable participants, enjoy musical entertainment or stroll through Market Square and purchase hand-crafted items. Displays of vintage vehicles, farming and construction equipment, steam engines, hit and miss motors, genealogical information, church tours, costumed volunteers and the list goes on. This unique event will allow you to reconnect with your past and old friends, while meeting new ones.


Share Your WWI StoryThe Canada’s History website – Canada’s Great War Album is asking for you to Submit Your Story by sending them scanned WWI photos, letters, or mementos from your family’s collection and they will include them on this website. From the front lines to the homefront — help ensure these great Canadians are never forgotten.Have a look at stories that have already been submitted. Read about fascinating stories such as Hidden Messages and Code Words used in letters home and how members of a family served overseas and others had to stay behind to support war efforts on the homefront.



SCHA Mailing Address

Send items to:
The Correspondence Secretary
Simcoe County Historical Association
P.O. Box 144
Barrie, ON L4M 4S9

Simcoe County Genealogy Help

Simcoe County Archives
1149 Highway 26
R.R. #2
Minesing, ON L0L 1Y2
Phone: (705) 726-9331
Toll Free: 1-866-893-9300
Fax: (705) 725-5341
Email: archives@simcoe.ca
Open Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:00pm

Simcoe County Branch – Ontario Genealogical Society

Association Member Meetings

Monthly meetings are scheduled on the 3rd Tuesday in:
May - AGM

Membership Information

Annual Membership fee:
- Single or Institutional: $15.00
- Couple or Family: $20.00
- Membership Form can be found by clicking on the Membership tab in the top menu bar

Please join the S.C.H.A. by
contacting Earl Elliott, Membership Chair by phone: 705-734-9808
or by e-mail: earl.elliott@rogers.com