History Comes Alive at

   Archives Lanark [Canada]   . . .

Each year many patrons from Canada and other countries visit the Archives to research their family roots and to learn more about where their ancestors lived. Local historians and genealogists, families, church groups and school children use the Archives.  Intrigued? See for yourself.


The Archives celebrates its first year as an independent legal entity on January 20, 2018 at Drummond Centre Hall.  Join us for our first public Annual General Meeting at 2 p.m.  Many local genealogists and others researching properties etc.  have benefited from the incredible collection of material found at Archives Lanark.  One can explore land records, genealogies, cemetery, birth, death and marriage records which are all essential documents used to assist researchers with their enquiries.  Join us on Saturday the 20th to learn more about  our Board of Directors, the work they do on behalf of the Archives and our plans for the future. 

In addition, guest speaker,  Brian Gilhuly, author and cartographer of "Tracing the Lines:  Eastern Ontario and West Quebec Railway History in Maps."   A native of Perth and now a resident of Arnprior, Brian is an enthusiastic student of Ottawa Valley history and a member of the Ottawa Railway History Circle.   He is also a member of the Ottawa Railway History Circle.  He enjoys sharing his discoveries so do come out for this interesting presentation on the history of the railway in Maps.

The Business segment of the meeting will be brief and refreshments follow the presentation by the guest speaker.





The foundation of the Archives' collections is the land records for Lanark County. At the beginning of this millennium, the land abstracts along with the supporting deeds and legal documents for all land transactions from the 1860s to the mid 20th century were destined for destruction until a lobby group of historians and genealogists convinced Queen's Park to allow organizations in each of the Counties to take and preserve the records.  The opportunity to preserve the original land documents provided the incentive to move forward with the creation of a central repository for the preservation of historical and genealogical documentation for future generations.  Archives Lanark opened to the public in February 2002.  Since then our collections have grown extensively and are representative of every corner of the County.

Archives Lanark is an incorporated entity within the Province of Ontario and a registered charity within Canada.

Resource Materials Available

The Lanark County Land Registry Abstract Books and Land Deeds dating from 1868 to 1955

Listings for local cemeteries, census records, early church records of baptisms and marriages 

Scrap-books of births, deaths and marriages gleaned from local newspapers.  Compiled alphabetically, they complement the published indexes of the Almonte Gazette, Lanark Era and Perth Courier 


Original editions of The Almone Gazette, Carleton Place Canadian, Lanark Era and the Perth Courier (also available on microfilm)

Women's Institute Tweedsmuir History Books

Family genealogy studies and local histories.

  Sample of available collections:

  • Ellen Foster Collection, Smiths Falls area
  • Leduc/Steele Collection, Almonte/Ramsay area
  • Microfilm/fiche - local weekly newspapers, Canada Census
  • R.J. Stead photographic & Glass Slides collection (late 1800s)
  • School Registers and Inspectors’ Reports
  • The Poole Papers (County legal documents)
  • Viola Reid Collection, Pakenham area

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