Stratford-Perth Archives


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Stratford Perth Archives

4273 Line 34 (Highway 8 West of Stratford, Next Door to Stratford-Perth Museum)

April 2- September 24, 2016
Monday – Saturday
10 AM to 4 PM

Telephone: 519-271-0531, ext 259         Email:

Please check the Hours page for details about when the Archives is closed for statutory holidays.



Perth County Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society presents…

The Value of my DNA

Saturday, April 23, 2016
1:30pm - 3:30pm

All welcome at this free event. John Maguire from Goderich will speak about the value of DNA.  What it will tell you and what it won't. What is the best test and company to do the testing? Learn more about this increasingly popular technique from this speaker who comes very highly recommended by others who have heard him.
After the meeting, stay to enjoy some refreshments and networking in the Archives Board Room.
Branch members and visitors and reminded that the Stratford-Perth Archives will be on summer hours by then and are open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. So come early and do some research.

John Maguire from Goderich

Stratford Heritage Week-End

Enslaved Africans in Upper Canada Display and Lecture

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Exhibit Open 10 am – 4 pm

Presentation at 2 pm

Enslaved Africans in Upper Canada Display and Lecture

Stratford-Perth Archives is hosting a free exhibition, Enslaved Africans in Upper Canada, Courtesy of the Archives of Ontario as part of the Stratford Heritage Week-End. Many people do not know that slavery existed in Canada. Produced in partnership with the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, Enslaved Africans in Upper Canada, touches on the lives of enslaved Africans, and focuses on the actions they took to resist their servitude. Escaped slave Joseph Harrison (1814 – 1890) came to Canada, apparently with some others who had also escaped, in 1837. He and his family eventually owned a farm in Wellesley Township, where they had connections with other families of escaped slaves in Peel Township, near Glen Allan. In 1871, the family moved to Stratford and established the Royal Shaving Saloon.

Photographs and documents from the archives own collections relating to the Harrison family and local abolitionist John J.J.E. Linton will also be showcased.

Elora writer and stone worker Jerry Prager will speak on the abolition and emancipation movement in southern Ontario at a free event at 2:00 that afternoon. Prager has released two books, Laying the Bed: The Native Origins of the Underground Railroad and Exodus and Arrivals: Fugitive Roads to Guelph and Beyond exploring the Underground Railroad and its ties to the Queen’s Bush settlement where the Harrison family had their farm before moving to Stratford.