Peterborough County Genealogy and History

"The history of a county or of a township, if properly investigated, disinters the most important facts with regard to the general state and condition of society, giving facts instead of theories, figures instead of surmises." Sir Francis Palgrave


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This site represents an ongoing effort to collect information related to the genealogy and history of Peterborough County, Ontario. If you have information or material to add or share, please feel free to contact


Peterborough County Maps ~ 1890

Peterborough Town Newspaper Files

Peterborough County Newspaper Files

  Upper Canada and Ontario CRIMINAL Database - Includes Inmates from Peterborough County 

Early History of Douro Township

Early History of Dummer Township

Reminiscences of Early Settlement - Mark Spenceley

Pioneers of Ennismore Township

Irish Emigrants in Peterborough - 1825 - 1826

A Visit to the Chemong Lake Indians - 1831

Otonabee Township 1820 - Richard Birdsall Report

Visit to Otonabee District - 1833

Letter re Emigrants at Peterborough - 1831

Otonabee Township - Early Settlement

Belmont Township - Early Settlement

Kosh lake - History

Reminiscences of Olden Days - Andrew Fairbairn

Letter re Upkeep of Old Methodist Cemetery - Peterborough

Old Methodist Cemetery History - Peterborough

Dinner with the Peterborough Regiment - 1833

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Peterborough County Query Page



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


Upper Canada (Ontario) Newspaper Notices Database Created March 13, 2011

Peterborough County Atlas 1875  Settlement maps of Peterborough County townships with pioneer family names  *Database Subscription Required

1865-66 Victoria and Peterborough County Directory Names and locations of your ancestors   *Database Subscription Required

1870-71 Peterborough County Directory Names and locations of your ancestors   *Database Subscription Required

1883 Peterborough County Directory Names and locations of your ancestors   *Database Subscription Required

Ontario Images of the Past  Thousands of images of the places and activities that were part of your ancestors daily life   *Database Subscription Required


Peterborough County Database Files Featuring thousands of Births, Deaths, Marriages, Wills and Newspaper Records of your ancestors


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    Upper Canada (Ontario) Newspaper Notices Database Created December, 2011


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

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    Ontario Genealogy Database Index Site 400 000 Genealogy Records Indexed


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