Our Lookup Policy
Elgin OGS will provide copies from several of our indexed sources found on this website.
The fees vary depending upon the material you are requesting. Note that all fees include the cost of copying and postage.
Payment can be made by a cheque payable to "Elgin OGS", and sent to our address, Box 20060, St. Thomas, ON N5P 0B5
US residents can pay by personal check in US funds. We do not accept credit cards or Paypal.
Requests can be made by writing us at that address or via e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember to include your postal mailing address in your request so we can send the copies
- 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
Funeral Home Records:
-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.
Township Land Papers:
- Elgin OGS will provide photocopies from the microfilm for a cost of $10 for the lookup (includes copying of one page), plus $2 for each additional page requested.
- please put "Township Land Paper Lookup" in the subject line of your e-mail
- requests should contain the name of the Township, the lot and concession of the file you’re interested in, and the page number(s) within that file that you wish copies of.
General Register: 1866-1873 1873-1879 1879-1889
-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 $2 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 $3 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