Our Elgin OGS volunteers will provide copies or images of primary source documents at local libraries (ie microfilm searches for newspaper clipping images) as available from several of our indexed sources found on our website.
The fees vary depending upon the material you are requesting. Note that all fees include the cost of copying and postage.
Currently, US residents can pay by personal check in US funds or our online PayPal account at our Elgin OGS E-Store (credit cards accepted).
Payment by a cheque payable to “Elgin OGS”, and sent to our address, Box 20060, St. Thomas, ON N5P 0B5.
Requests can be made by writing us at that address or via
e-mail to to the Elgin OGS Research Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember to include your postal mailing address in your request so we can send the copies. Scans of Newspaper clippings can be sent to your email address.
– Elgin OGS will provide copies of any articles found in the on-line index of the Newspapers.– Our fees are $10 for the first item, and $5 for each additional item received in the same request.– Please put “(name of paper you are requesting)” in the subject line of your e-mail.– Please include the issue date, page and column number (if given) as well as the name and event (birth, death, marriage, etc.) of the person you found in the index– please note that these copies are being made from microfilm, and photographs sometimes do not reproduce well
-Elgin OGS has records from various funeral homes and undertakers throughout Elgin County in their holdings. Because the records sometimes contain private information, Elgin OGS is prevented from publishing or reproducing exact copies of these documents.– However, we can provide an extraction of genealogical information from these records, which will not include the cause of death or any financial details. We cannot provide photocopies of the original record.– the extent and type of information varies with each funeral home. The usual information expected would be date of death, date of burial, age, date of birth, place of birth and death, place of burial, and sometimes parents’ names and names of survivors.– Elgin OGS will provide an extraction of genealogical information at a cost of $5 per surname– do not send payment until we assess your request. In some cases where there is very little information contained in the record, the fee may be waived.– Please quote the name of the funeral home and the person’s name and year of death (if given in the index) in your request.
-Elgin OGS will provide copies from the microfilm of the items found in the General Register at a cost of $10 for the lookup (includes copying of one page), plus $5 for each additional page– please put “General Register Lookup” in the subject line of your e-mail– please quote the Volume Number (found at the beginning of the document on the website); the number of the requested document and the page number(s) associated with it.– please include the principal name of the person found in the document so we can ensure we copy the correct pages for you.
– Elgin OGS will provide photocopies from this collection at a cost of $5 per page.– please put “Garton Scrapbook Lookup” in the subject line of your e-mail– when requesting a copy, please quote the scrapbook page number and the name of the person in the article For Research assistance and Lookups contact the Elgin OGS Research Coordinator at: email@example.com