Victoria 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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Welcome to the Victoria County Genealogy and History Site.

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

I am a native of the village of Omemee, in the township of Emily, which was the first settled township in Victoria County. My great-grandfather Thomas Stephenson first settled in Port Hope with his father and brothers and moved on to Metcalfe (Omemee) in 1856, and my family has maintained a presence there through the 1990's. I developed an interest in history and genealogy while at Trent University, and much of my work at the university dealt with the early settlement of Victoria County and the surrounding region.

Victoria County Group Mail List Rootsweb Mailing List for Victoria County

The Victoria County Genealogy and History Facebook Group

Omemee Memories Facebook Page 

The Emily Township Genealogy and History Facebook Group

Victoria County Pioneer Land Settlement Database

History of Victoria County - By Watson Kirkconnell M.A. (1920)

Ontario Land Registry Records Research Thousands of your ancestors and where they lived (including Victoria County) in Ontario

Ontario Genealogy Historical Newspaper Collection  Historical Newspaper Files from Victoria County and much more...

The Early Settlement of Emily Township - Thesis

Victoria County History  Sketches of the early history and pioneer inhabitants of Victoria County

Upper Canada and Ontario CRIMINAL Database  Includes Lindsay Jail Register

Upper Canada (Ontario) Newspaper Notices Database 

Geography, Topography, and Geology of Victoria

Sketches of the Early Settlement of Victoria County

Sketches of the Early Pioneers of Victoria County

Victoria County Census and Assessment Records on Microfilm

Biographical Sketches of Influential Victoria County Men

Victoria County Maps Some very useful maps of Victoria and region

Victoria County Historical and Genealogical Sources of Information  Local History Books, Articles, Literature, Primary Research Sources

Victoria County Politics

1871 Canada Census - Search Victoria County

Trent University Archives - Victoria County Collection  Great Collection of original material

Victoria County Cemeteries  Cemeteries of Victoria County, sorted by Township

Emily Township Assessment and Census Records 1821-1901  Site includes Emily Township, and Omemee Village (post-1871)

Newspapers and Periodicals Published in Canada - 1857<  Alphabetical Listing

Postoffices (Settlements)  Settlements in Victoria, Peterborough, Durham, Northumberland, Ontario, Hastings Counties - Data From 1857-58 and 1869 Canada and Ontario Directories

Victoria County Roads 1905

Central Ontario Roads 1914

Submitted Family History / Links for Victoria County

Can't find an ancestor? Read the queries of other researchers and post your own. In order to conserve space, as well as visitor time, I am asking that only those with demonstrated locations within VICTORIA County, use this resource. New Queries, which should include a MINIMUM of at least Surname, Location, and Approximate Date should be posted to:

 Victoria County Query Page

1921 Canada Census Explanation and Information

Victoria County Atlas 1881  Settlement maps of Victoria 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

1869-70 Victoria County Directory Names and locations of your ancestors   *Database Subscription Required

1887 Victoria 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

Victoria County Database Files Featuring thousands of Births, Deaths, Marriages, Wills and Newspaper Records of your ancestors  Database subscription required for access


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Ontario Canada Historical Map Site New December 2018

Ontario Place Locator - 19th Century Ontario Town and Village Locations and Inhabitants

Upper Canada (Ontario) Ancestor and Family History Records Site 

Upper Canada (Ontario) Pioneer Settler Land Locations, Census Records and Property Descriptions 

Historical Visits to Ontario Villages and Towns  Take a trip back in time to the late 19th century and explore the towns and villages where your ancestors lived, loved, laboured, laughed and played.

Ontario Images of the Past Thousands of Images of City, Town, Village and Country Life

Ontario Land Registry Records Research Thousands of your ancestors and where they lived in Ontario 

Upper Canada (Ontario) Newspaper Notices Database 

Ontario (Upper Canada) History and Pioneer Family Research 

Queen's Own Rifles - Old Photos of Members

Upper Canada District Maps (Circa 1800)

Upper Canada (Ontario) History Books On-Line Index

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

Central Upper Canada (Ontario) Marriage Database 22650 Marriage Records Indexed 

Central Upper Canada Baptism Database 25000 Anglican, Methodist, Roman Catholic and Church of Scotland Marriages indexed 

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

Eastern Upper Canada Marriage Database Anglican, Roman Catholic and Church of Scotland Marriages indexed 

Eastern Upper Canada Baptism Database Anglican, Roman Catholic and Church of Scotland Baptisms indexed 

Eastern Upper Canada Burial Database 

Upper Canada (Western Ontario) Marriage Database

Upper Canada (Western Ontario) Baptism Database  

Upper Canada (Western Ontario) Burial Database 

Upper Canada Land Petitions 51000 Records Indexed

Upper Canada Land Leases and Miscellaneous Petitions 10000 Records Indexed

Upper Canada (Ontario) Sundries Database

Upper Canada (Ontario) Toronto Insane Asylum Database

Upper Canada (Ontario) Kingston Insane Asylum Database

Upper Canada (Ontario) London Insane Asylum Database

Upper Canada (Ontario) Malden Insane Asylum Database

Upper Canada (Ontario) Hamilton Insane Asylum Database

Ontario Genealogy Historical Newspaper Collection Historical Newspaper Files from various regions of Ontario

Newspaper Genealogical and Historical Records - Thousands of entries

Ontario (Upper Canada) Map Collection  Great site for locating your ancestors in Ontario

Ontario Genealogy Postcard Site - Great old-time landscape views

Upper Canada and Ontario CRIMINAL Database 

Ontario Genealogy Database Index Site 500000 Genealogy Records Indexed

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