Looking forward, into the past

L-R: Ted Duncan and John Merritt of the Simcoe County Historical Association, talk shop under an old maple tree while visiting the Oro African Methodist Episcopal Church, Tuesday. The group celebrated its 125th anniversary and is hoping to expand by connecting with other historical groups in the area. Mark Wanzel/Barrie Examiner/Postmedia Network

Barrie Examiner article by Cheryl Browne features SCHA


Board of Directors

bullet  Past President: Earl Elliott

bullet President: Ted Duncan

bullet Vice-President: Mark Fisher

bullet  Treasurer: Deb Exel

bullet  Secretary: Donna Wice

bluelineBoard of Directors At-Large

bullet Membership Chair: Deb Exel

bullet SCHA News and Views Editor: Jill Hynes

bullet  Web Site Manager: Pat Elliott

bullet Social Media: Deb Exel

bullet Board Member: Judith Banville

bullet Board Member: John Merritt

bullet  Independent Audit Authority: Al Cuzen


Board Representatives of Member Associations

bullet Barrie Historical ArchiveDeb Exel

bullet  Barrie Historical Association: Mark Fisher

bullet Innisfil Historical Society:

bullet  Orillia Museum of Art and History: Ted Duncan

bluelineUpcoming EventsbluelineRamara Historical Society ~Yesteryear Celebration 2017~Saturday July 29, 2017

Visit 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 Deb Exel, Membership Chair by e- e-mail: deb@simcoecountyhistory.ca