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Harrow Early Immigrant Research Society (HEIRS) is located in Harrow, Ontario, Canada. Our name was chosen to emphasize our roots and ​the acronym ‘HEIRS’ was chosen to reflect our cultural heritage. After 50 years, our collections extend beyond the boundary of earliest immigrants as we continue to gather data of historical significance to be shared with future generations.


In May of 1971, at the invitation of Gladys Golden, a small group of interested people formed a local historical and genealogical society related to the municipalities of Harrow and Colchester South Township. The celebration of Canada’s Centennial in 1967 brought attention to stories that should be researched and written, to the artifacts that portray our culture, and to the lineages of ethnic groups that descended from cultures in Europe and Africa.

In December of our founding year, HEIRS was incorporated, and as such we are responsible to our own bylaws. We are also affiliated members of the Ontario Historical Society and the Ontario Genealogical Society, which provide us with information and support. We have nine elected directors who volunteer their time and administer the business of HEIRS. 

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