Ontario and Upper Canada Genealogy and History

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Definitions of genealogy: Successive generations of kin. An account or statement of the descent of a person or family from an ancestor; pedigree; lineage; the study of pedigrees or family history; Study of one's ancestry, summary history or table of a person's ancestry. A history or account of one's ancestry, tracing back through generations of relatives. Study or account of descent from ancestors. Study of the origins and descent of families. A written history of the descent of a person or family from an ancestor.

'... when we say the word "Heimat", then a wave passes over our hearts; in all our loneliness we are not completely alone ... Heimat is Mother Earth. Heimat is landscape we have experienced ... our Heimat is the land which has become fruitful through the sweat of our ancestors ...' (Yi-Fu Tuan, 1977)

Echoes of the past (Essem)

...Sweet echoes from the far-off past methinks I hear to-night. They waft sweet memories back to me, They dim and cloud my sight. They come, they come, like silvery chimes And whisper words of the dear old times, They cause me joy, they cause me grief, But always bring me sweet relief. They come, they come, at evening hour When swift the moments fly, When joy is gathered round the hearth Or we bid loved ones "good-by." Amid the mystic maze of life These memories sweet, find little room; But when alone in silent thought, They shine like beacons in the gloom. And come, yes, come, like sweetest chimes, And whisper words of the dear old times, Of friends now gone, of joys long past. But memory, dear. will make them last.

The Deserted Farm

A dust worn traveler drew his rein At sunset's dreamy hour, With longing look o'er hill and plain Gives way to memory's power. Long years have passed since he last viewed His native heath and hill, And silence now with shadowy brood Makes nature weirdly still. There stands the homestead of his youth, And clustering round its door Come visions bright of love and truth From memory's endless store. He sees again his father's form Within the doorway stand, His thin locks, whitened by the storm, By passes breezes tanned; Mothers and sisters, brothers, there Resume their wanted place, And lost awhile in scenes so fair He sees each loving face. But wakened from his blissful dream The past returns no more, Alone he stands while sunset's gleam Cast shadows on the door. Deserted now its windows blank Stare at the passer-by, And weeds and grasses stale and rank In wind swept chaos lie, No more from pastures green at night, To farmyard come the kine. Nor homeward come with hearts so light The boys of "Auld lang Syne." No neighing steed from yonder stall Impatient calls his mate; The shades of night around him fall, And all is desolate. He turns again - with lingering look Surveys the old domain, He hears the murmuring of the brook Which onward seeks the plain; His old Canadian hillside home, Amid the gathering gloom - The wanderer turns once more to roam And leaves it to its doom. The sighing winds a requiem sing Amid the cheerless calm, A saddened memory still to bring The old "deserted farm."


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Omemee Memories Facebook Page Created April 2014

Historical Visits to Ontario Towns and Villages in the 19th Century Created February 2014


1921 Canada Census Explanation and Information


Ontario Images of the Past Created September 19, 2013


Ontario Genealogy and History Sites

Victoria County Genealogy and History

Haliburton County Genealogy and History

Durham County Genealogy and History

Northumberland County Genealogy and History

Upper Canada Genealogy and History Site

Newcastle District Genealogy and History Site

Ontario County Genealogy and History Site

Peterborough County Genealogy and History Site


Ontario County Directories Victoria, Haliburton, Hastings, Peterborough, Durham, Northumberland, Muskoka, Prince Edward and Old Ontario County

Ontario Historical Atlas Maps Muskoka District, Parry Sound District, Simcoe, York, Durham, Northumberland, Victoria, Hastings, Ontario, Peterborough, Prince Edward Counties


The Early Settlement of Emily Township, Victoria County - Thesis


Ontario Genealogy Database Page - 450000 Records of Your Ancestors


Upper Canada (Ontario) Newspaper Notices Database Updated January 29, 2012

Ontario (Upper Canada) History and Pioneer Family Research Created April 1, 2011

Queen's Own Rifles - Old Photos of Members Created April 8, 2011

Upper Canada District Maps (Circa 1800) Created April 26, 2011

Upper Canada (Ontario) Criminal Database Cobourg, Toronto, Whitby, St. Catharines, Milton, Brockville, Belleville, Lindsay, Woodstock, Chatham, Kitchener, Windsor, Welland, Napanee, Owen Sound, Picton, Stratford, Cayuga, Brampton (York-Peel) and Guelph Jail Prisoners   Updated January 18, 2011


Upper Canada Land Petitions - 51000 Records Indexed 

  Upper Canada (Ontario) Land Lease and Miscellaneous Petitions Database  September 18, 2010

Upper Canada (Ontario) Sundries Database - 14000 records  Updated March 2, 2010

Upper Canada (Central Ontario) Township Papers Database - 3000 records Updated August 28, 2013

Upper Canada (Ontario) Land Registry Records Database Created July 20,2013


Upper Canada (Central Ontario) Marriage Database - 24000 records Updated May 28, 2013

Upper Canada (Central Ontario) Baptism Database - 22000 records Updated March 19, 2013

Upper Canada (Central Ontario) Burial Database 4500 Anglican, Roman Catholic, Methodist and Church of Scotland Burials indexed  Updated March 26, 2013

Upper Canada (Eastern Ontario) Marriage Database 2200 Anglican, Baptist, Presbyterian, Methodist, Roman Catholic and Church of Scotland Marriages indexed  Updated February 15, 2013

Upper Canada (Eastern Ontario) Baptism Database Updated February 15, 2013

Upper Canada (Eastern Ontario) Burial Database Updated January 1, 2013

  Upper Canada (Western Ontario) Marriage Database  Updated March 6, 2013

  Upper Canada (Western Ontario) Baptism Database  Updated February 26, 2013

Upper Canada (Western Ontario) Burial Database Updated March 6, 2013


Locate your ancestors  Upper Canada Ontario Genealogy Map Site


Upper Canada (Toronto, Ontario) Insane Asylum Database 

Kingston, (Rockwood) Ontario Insane Asylum Database 

Malden, Ontario - Insane Asylum Database 

London, Ontario - Insane Asylum Database December 7, 2012

  Upper Canada (Ontario) Hamilton Insane Asylum Database **On-Line Now - Updated September 29, 2012**


Ontario Postcards - Many rare old views of Ontario landscapes


Ontario Historical Newspaper Collection - Newspaper files of the past 


Upper Canada (Ontario) History Books On-Line Index


 Thomas Crawford Stephenson Letters from Ireland - 1898


1810-1820 Newcastle District Marriages Scan of 'long-lost' ? marriage register from Cobourg Courthouse


Genealogy Documents


Ontario Genealogy Wedding and Marriage Newspaper Notices

Ontario Genealogy Obituary and Funeral Newspaper Notices

Ontario Genealogy Family Tribute and Presentation Newspaper Notices

Ontario Genealogy Wedding Anniversary Newspaper Notices

Ontario Genealogy Family Reunion Newspaper Notices


Ontario Genealogy Database Index

Ontario Genealogy Database Index Site


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