Ontario (Upper Canada) Genealogy Databases, County Directories, Historical Atlas Maps, Historical Images, Historical Newspaper Files Registration Form


The databases include indexed records that exist from the following counties in the geographical region of south-central Ontario: Victoria, Peterborough, Haliburton, Hastings, Northumberland, Durham, 'OLD Ontario County', and Muskoka District.

What information do the databases have?...The databases consist of indexed information from the following records.

1. Marriage, Death, and Birth Registrations - indexes for Victoria, Durham, Northumberland, Peterborough, Hastings, 'Old Ontario County', Haliburton, and Muskoka District. Records in the databases date from 1858 through 1897 - 125000 records indexed

2. Church Marriages, Baptisms, Burials - indexes for a number of churches in Victoria, Durham, Northumberland, Peterborough, Hastings, 'Old Ontario County', Haliburton, and Muskoka District. Records in the databases date from 1815 through the 1850's - 27000 records indexed

3. Newspaper Notices - indexes for a number of newspapers in Victoria, Durham, Northumberland, Peterborough, Hastings, 'Old Ontario County', Haliburton, and Muskoka District - 60000 records indexed

4. Surrogate Court Records - indexes for Victoria, Durham, Northumberland, Peterborough, 'Old Ontario County', and Haliburton. Records in the databases date from the early 1800's through 1930 - 33000 records indexed

5. Land Board Records - Newcastle District Land Board grant indexes - 900 records indexed

6. Newcastle District Census and Assessment Records, 1797 through 1850 - 23000 records indexed.

7. Newcastle District Township Papers Records. Preliminary database has 3000 names indexed.

In addition to the databases the following exclusive on-line genealogical research sources are offered to subscribers...

New for 2010 is on-line viewing of the County Directories listed below, a great way to locate your families in time and space, in my view, the most important first step in genealogy research.

8. Exclusive access to the 1869-70 Victoria County and Muskoka District Directory. See sample page at   County Directory Sample Page

9. Exclusive access to the 1837, 1846-47 and 1876 Ontario County Directories.

10. Exclusive access to the 1865-66, 1883, 1887 Peterborough and Victoria County Directories.

11. Exclusive access to the 1871 Peterborough and Haliburton County Directory.

12. Exclusive access to the 1865-66 and 1892 Northumberland and Durham County Directories.

13. Exclusive access to the 1865 and 1892 Hastings County Directory.

14. Exclusive access to the 1886-87, 1896 Muskoka County Directory.

15. Exclusive access to the 1892 Haliburton County Directory.

16. Exclusive access to the 1857 Port Hope Town Directory.

17. Exclusive access to the 1866 Prince Edward County Directory.

18. *** New for 2013 is exclusive on-line viewing of the 'Ontario Images of the Past' - images of every day life and locations that may be used in your family history projects. See 'thumbnail' images at  Images of the Past

19. New December 2013 is on-line viewing of Ontario Historical Atlas maps - including Victoria, Peterborough, Muskoka-Parry Sound, Durham, Northumberland, Simcoe, Hastings, Prince Edward and York Counties. See index at  Ontario Historical Atlas Maps

20. On-line reading of the Ontario Genealogy Historical newspaper collection.See index at  Ontario Historical Newspapers

21. New for 2014 is on-line viewing of the Ontario Genealogy Historical Visits to Ontario Villages and Towns - A site dedicated to detailed sketches of trips to various Ontario villages and towns in the 19th century. Check out the index at   Historical Visits


A 'bare bones' index of names included in the databases may be checked out at

Database name and Record Type Index


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Thank you very much! I am hooked and I may never leave the computer for the next two years! So much to see and read! I hope you enjoy a lot of subscribers! Cheers, Darlene

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Many thanks for your great kindness in doing this. I am sure this will be an enormous help in trying to find out more about the family. As always, one wishes one had asked lots of questions a long time ago of living relatives who had good information. Appreciatively Jane .... for Betty Irene

Thanks Michael, I have a link to your website on my homepage & frequently recommend it to others because it's an invaluable resource to anyone wanting to learn more about their family history. Thanks for your efforts on our behalf. Wendy

Thank you. You reply and access authorization is like getting a train ticket home.

This is quite a fascinating collection of Canadian history that available for researchers like me, and I for one, thank you. Of course, I really do not know where to start looking for my Carlisle /Carlyle/Carlile Waite , who was born in Canada circa 1820-1830, but with the info provided in this site I am able to understand much more about our Canadian neighbors than I knew before. I live, and my grandparents, since ?, have lived in upstate NY, from Saratoga County, NY, to Erie County, NY, with Carlile living in the port of Pultneyville, NY. I am sure I eventually will find him, and thanks for your work….Pauline

Thanks for all the great work you do on this website. Donna

Michael, Thank you so much for letting me take take the time to see your site. I am very impressed with your site and this site i am having the opportunity to in solving my puzzle research to my family tree that i have been finding answers to and possibility to find pictures.

Thanks so much and thanks for all of the work that you do. It is really important and valuable!!! Deborah

Yes, they are my relatives, and United Empire Loyalists at that! I'm so excited....thank you very much. I'll be waiting with great anticipation for the postman to arrive. Cheers.

I have to Thankyou for the wonderful site..but I have to admit I spend so much time reading all the interesting pages and seeing the photos that I accomplish very little.. You have an outstanding site and I hope others appreciate it as much as I do. EMC

Thanks Michael, I want to say what a GREAT job you have done with all the genealogy info you have shared with everyone, thanks so much!Diane >^..^

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Thanks so much. I'm just getting started on the Ontario research, so there's ALOT to learn. Will definitely get posted on some mailing lists later this week. Thanks for providing what you do via the internet. It's wonderful! Laurie

Thank you so much for the info! I will check out the Ontario Genealogy & History list. Your site is absolutely wonderful. I do go onto the Land Records site and lo and behold; I was able to read about the changes of different counties and the times of the change. This has been a problem for me to find the time line. Thank you. Joyce

Your site a special piece of work - I can not imagine the time you must spend at the keyboard !!!

I am thinking of doing a day or two at ?????????? somewhere. Haven't figured that out yet. Too many choices. Toronto, Oshawa, Whitby, and or somewhere in the area. Have been to the Toronto archives and several places about 6 years ago. Have learned a bit since but still a bit ,,,,, a lot foggy at all this. Would love to meet with you and share a coffee,,,,pick your brain,,, help to get me in the right direction. I keep finding more and more clues but just maybe I should be doing things a little different. Sometimes I feel like I am trying to plow a thousand acres and only have the resources to plant fifty. Thanks for your time and a great job Bill

Hi Michael Thank you for responding to my e-mail. I appreciate the information you were able to provide -- every little bit helps. I am greatly looking forward to my genealogy trip to "your" area. I am sure that it won't be my last. Rosemary


Need help with Ontario geography? See Upper Canada 1854 Map.

Map of Upper Canada, Northern Ohio, New York State, Pennsylvania, and Michigan

Those researchers with ancestors outside the above named counties of central Ontario may find my Ontario-wide Upper Canada Land Petition database or the new Upper Canada Sundries database indexes useful.

    Upper Canada Land Petitions Updated January 15, 2010

   Upper Canada Sundries Database 9000 Records Indexed


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