Requests for Research and Queries


Both members and non-members may have their queries published at no charge, both in our newsletter, the Bruce Bulletin, and on this web page.

When you write your query, please be brief (maximum about 50 words), and include your mailing address and/or your e-mail address. State whether you want your query published in our newsletter and/or on our website. Queries published on our website will list only your e-mail address, unless you specifically request that your mailing address be listed as well. For best results, limit your query to one individual or family unit.

Compose your question carefully; determine first exactly which piece of information you are seeking. Avoid abbreviations in names and descriptions. Commonly used nicknames should be underlined or in brackets. Mention a time period, geographical places, maiden names, relationships and multiple marriages.

Format of Standard Query

SURNAME capitalized. About 50 words of text, with only the SURNAMEs capitalized. Place names are all in small letters. Don’t forget to ask a question. Last sentence has the BCGS membership #, name, postal address and e-mail address of the person making the enquiry.

Submit your query by postal mail to: BCGS – Queries, P.O. Box 1083, Port Elgin, Ontario, Canada N0H 2C0 or by e-mail to We will publish your query in one issue of our newsletter, which is mailed to all our members, as well as to other societies across Canada.


If you would like to do your own research, you are welcome to use our library facilities.

If you wish the Bruce County Genealogical Society to do paid research for you, please complete a Request for Research Form, and mail it and the research fee to the BCGS.