Thomas Henry Miller, Father Miller, [between 1905 and 1910]
Grey Roots

Northern Terminus

Grey Roots

The African Canadian History Journal

The goal of this Journal is to provide readers with information about the historical Black community of Grey County. Although the focus is on historical events and people within Grey County, the wider regional, provincial, national and international contexts that shaped Black history and presence in Grey County are also of interest to the Journal. Through essays, interviews and reviews, the journal highlights the work of organizations, historians and published authors. 

Journal Catalogue

Check out covers and tables of contents for all volumes of Northern Terminus: The African Canadian History Journal. An index is available: 

All volumes can be purchased either in person, or by mail order, from our Museum Store. Some articles are also available online (see below). A note regarding heritage articles: the editors have opted to retain the original language of these historic texts, even when the language is racist.

Categories for Submission:

Regular Stream: This category includes articles based on historical research, biographical sketches, reviews of books and other resources, and reports on projects and community endeavours. All submissions are subject to review by the editorial board.

Peer Review Stream: This category is intended for those who wish to have their submissions reviewed by scholars within the field. Submissions will be sent out to at least two reviewers for blind review. Articles should be based upon original historical research and should be well-grounded within historical literature and scholarship. Optimal length of articles should be between 10 and 20 pages. For further information about the Peer Review Stream, contact Professor Naomi Norquay (, Senior Scholar, York University.

Submission Guidelines: All submissions must be double-spaced, have page numbers, use a font-size of 12. A bibliography and footnotes or endnotes must be included for all material referenced in the article. Full-length articles should normally not exceed 6,000 words. Reviews should normally be between 500 to 2000 words in length.

Style Guide:

For citations and referencing, the Journal generally follows the most recent edition of The Chicago Manual of Style (back issues of the Journal provide abundant examples of citations). English spelling follows the most recent edition of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary. Northern Terminus aims to publish articles that use gender-neutral and "bias-free" language. For example, do not use terms such as "lady" unless it is a title or description, or social titles, such as Mr., Ms, etc., unless specified; do not use "Indian" - instead use "Indigenous". When referring to people coming to Canada to escape slavery, use "enslaved person" or people, or "refugee(s) from slavery". This separates the lived condition from the person's identity. Please note that many place names have changed over time. Writers should try to be cognizant of these changes. For example, present-day Ontario was called "Upper Canada" and "Canada West" at different times in its history.

All submissions (in both the regular and the peer reviewed streams) will be reviewed by the editorial board.

Editors reserve the right to edit accepted submissions and make changes where necessary.

Call for Submissions: 

Vol. 20 submission deadline is January 31, 2025.

Submissions may be sent electronically to Karin Noble at

Submissions may be sent in print to: Karin Noble, Archivist, Grey Roots Museum & Archives, 102599 Grey Road 18, RR4, Owen Sound, ON N4K 5N6.

Journal Committee: Karin Noble, and Naomi Norquay.

As of Volume 16 and following, this Journal is published both in house at Grey Roots Museum & Archives and online at  Authors retain authority to publish their articles elsewhere, or otherwise do with their own work as they see fit. We rely on volunteer submissions and sincerely appreciate the assistance of volunteer authors. Thank you!

More Stories

A Canadian Nursing Sister

The story of a woman who finds herself in the middle of the Great War is told at the Grey County Archives. Luella Euphemia Denton volunteered her services as a nurse in the First World War. It is through her letters to a friend and neighbour from Annan, that her story is told.

Grey Roots

Pratie Oaten celebrates the “Devil’s Apple”

As the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer 2015 begin to fade into memory and the cool crisp days of autumn take centre stage, it is once again time to celebrate our Irish Heritage and the much loved potato, as Grey Roots Museum & Archives presents our annual Pratie Oaten Irish Festival.

Susan Martin - Heritage Interpretation

Art of the People

In mid-November, Grey Roots Museum and Archives will present its winter/spring collections-based exhibition, I Made It Myself – Folk Art of Grey County.

Sim Salata - Collections Manager

Artefact Donation 101

When deciding whether or not to offer a family heirloom to a local, provincial or national museum, many people think long and hard about the pros and cons of doing so.  If something of great personal value is going to leave the possession of a family, the potential donor and any other people invo

Sim Salata - Collections Manager