Carleton County, Ontario

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a. Click on records for Canada, Ontario, Carelton County. You will see a list of available records for the county.
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The Forebears website will give you an extensive list of websites that could have information for people who lived in this county. Some sites cover just the county, some cover all of Ontario, and some cover all of Canada. Some sites are databases of names and facts about people; other sites cover background information such as maps, history, geography, or genealogy strategies and methods for the region.

Carleton County became Ottawa City.

Parent County

Prior to the establishment of the county form of local government in 1849-50, Carleton existed only for land location. The area that became Carleton County was considered to be in the Johnstown District of Upper Canada (1798-1822), the Bathurst District (1822-1838), and in the Dalhousie District of Upper Canada/Canada West (1838-1849). Upper Canada became Canada West in 1841.

Boundary Changes

From its inception until 1969 Carleton retained the same boundaries. In that year, Cumberland Township was transferred from Russell County to Carleton County.

Carleton County, itself, has not existed since 2001 when the single-tier City of Ottawa was created from the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton.


Fitzroy, Torbolton, Huntley, March, Goulbourn, Nepean, Gloucester, Marlborough, North Gower, Osgoode. Cumberland Township added from Russell County in 1969

Incorporated Villages, Towns and Cities

Ottawa, Eastview, Rockliffe, Richmond, Stittsville (only Ottawa remains since 2001--see below)

Recent Municipal Organization

In 1969 Carleton and the City of Ottawa became a Regional Municipality with the name Ottawa-Carleton. A number of the original townships were amalgamated together.

  • Torbolton, Fitzroy and Huntley merged to form West Carleton
  • March and parts of Goulbourn and Nepean merged to become Kanata
  • Marlborough and North Gower merged to become Rideau
  • Eastview changed its name to Vanier.

In 2001, in another reorganization, all the townships and towns within the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton joined together as a single-tier local government under the name City of Ottawa.

Neighboring Counties

Renfrew, Lanark, Grenville, Dundas, Russell, and a section of Quebec Province across the Ottawa River


Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society Cemetery Search This database covers the counties of Carleton, Lanark, Renfrew, Prescott and Russell.

Also search the Ontario Genealogical Society Ontario Cemetery Ancestor Index, Ontario Cemetery Finder.

These two databases are similar, but some content is different, so check both sites.