1161 Route 243 Melbourne, Quebec, Canada J0B 2B0
Welcome to the Archives

“To discover and rescue from the unsparing hand of time the recordswhich yet remain of the earliest history of Canada. To preserve while inour power, such documents as may be found amid the dust of yet unexploreddepositories, and which may prove important to general history and to theparticular history of this Province, County of Richmond and adjacent areas’.”(RCHS Charter October 2, 1962)

The above quote from the charter of RCHS expresses the purpose for thefounding of this historical society. To that end, an archive developedand grew with historical papers and documents of particular interest toRichmond County. These documents include paper records (letters, diaries,journals and other unpublished written materials); photographs and othervisual records; maps, plans and architectural records; sound recordingsand oral history tapes; printed material (eg. local newspapers, books),electronically stored data and the records of the Richmond County HistoricalSociety.

Local History

General references for local history include listings for: Richmond,Danville, Melbourne, South Durham, Ulverton, Greenlay, Brompton, Windsor,St. Cyr, Denison’s Mills, Kingsey, Trenholmville, L’Avenir, Asbestos, Kingsbury,Kirkdale, Shipton, Cleveland.

Specialized Areas


Family History researchers will find many sources for information,which include:

  • Cemetery indexes
  • Index of individual names in local cemeteries.
  • Census Records: Township of Melbourne 1851, Township of Ely 1861, Countyof Drummond(Durham) 1861, Township of Shipton 1851, Township of Kingsey1861.
  • Land Grant Indexes
  • Books of Birth, Marriages,Deaths for District of St. Francis 1815-1879
  • Individual family histories
  • Computer listings of genealogy
  • Index of the Annals of Richmond County & Vicinity, Vol. 1 & 2 rev.ed.1998
  • Legal Documents-photocopies


Original newspapers, which number in excess of 600, date from 1864-1928.These include:

  • Richmond Guardian
  • Richmond Times-Guardian
  • Times & County Record
  • Richmond News & District of St. Francis Advocate
  • Danville Courier
  • Danville Times
  • Danville Union
  • Windsor Times

Photographs & Maps

Richmond County Historical Society’s collection of local area photographsand postcards includes: schools, churches, industry, mercantile, mining, agriculture,railway, portraits and social life.
A wide assortment of maps of the local areas is available.

Railway History

Rail enthusiasts and historians will find information and photographsfor the following historic railways:

  • Orford Mountain Railway
  • Grand Trunk Railway
  • Asbestos & Danville Railway

Special Collections


The following Web sites are especially useful to the researcher who is searching for Richmond County (Eastern Townships of Quebec) information:

Eastern Townships Resource Centre

Fabian Will,
Executive Director
819-822-9600, ext. 2647

Jody Robinson, Archivist

Le Centre de l’Estrie des Archives nationales du Québec

225, rue Frontenac, bureau 401
Sherbrooke (Québec) J1H 1K1

Tél. : (819) 820-3010
Téléc. : (819) 820-3146

Courriel :

For Roman Catholic records, e.g., Irish ancestry contact the Secretary at:

Ste. Bibiane Parish
970, rue Principale Nord,
Richmond, QC J0B 2H0 Canada

TELE: +1 (819)-826-2390


RCHS is a non-profit organization funded by memberships, donations,admission fees, and fundraising events.
The archives is open by appointment only.

For more information visit our policies page.

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