OMAH’s Lake Country Rotary Research Room is home to a variety of resources that can be used to assist in personal research or genealogy work. In the Lake Country Rotary Research Room (housed in the Museum’s historic Jail Cells) visitors have access to a variety of publications specific to the Orillia area, such as:

  • census records
  • business records
  • marriage & death certificates
  • maps, etc. 

Digital records are accessible to visitors through the assistance of a trained volunteer. Our volunteer can help guide your research sessions using our online database. See below for pricing options.

Interested? Please fill out the Research Inquiry Form.

Printing Services

  • Black & White – $0.25/page
  • Colour – $1.00/page 


  • Black & White – $0.50/page
  • Colour – $1.50/page

Artefact and Image Digital Photo Reproductions (Resolution: 600dpi)

See Reproduction Use Policy for details. 

  • JPEG, PNG, TIFF format output files – $2.00/scan
  • PDF File – $2.50/page


Online or Telephone Research Inquiries

Research Question – $5.00/question 

Definition: A ‘simple’ inquiry resulting in a two or three sentence answer.

Includes one photo scan.

  • Complex Research Question – $20.00/hour 

Definition: An inquiry that requires more detailed research and/or a longer answer from a volunteer.

Assisted Research Session

Please book in advance by completing and submitting a Research Inquiry Form prior to the session.

Assisted Research Session run by Volunteer/Staff – $20.00/hour for non-members*

OMAH Member Benefit

Members at OMAH get free access to our Research Room services and are able to conduct research sessions with our trained research volunteers. Additional fees may apply if any additional materials such as photocopies or digitized images are requested.


30 Peter Street South
Orillia, ON L3V5A9
+1 (705) 326-2159


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Land Acknowledgement

The Orillia Museum of Art & History is located on the traditional territory of the Anishnaabeg. The Anishinaabeg include the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Pottawatomi nations, collectively known as the Three Fires Confederacy. We respect and observe the long and enduring presence of Indigenous Peoples – First Nations, Metis and Inuit – on this land. Their teachings and stewardship, culture and way of life have shaped our City’s unique identity.

In acknowledging that we occupy colonized Indigenous territories, and out of respect for the rights of Indigenous people, we accept our collective responsibility to recognize our colonial histories as well as their present-day manifestations in order to honour, protect, and sustain this land.