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Guide to Halton County ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

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Boundary Changes 

Prior to 1816, Halton County was part of the Home District of Upper Canada.  In 1816, the Gore District was formed, comprising of two counties: Halton and Wentworth. [1]

Halton County has seen many changes over the course of the years:

  • In 1816, Halton County contained the following townships: Beverly, Blandford, Blenheim, Dumfries, Flamborough, Nelson (formed in 1806), Nichol, Trafalgar (formed in 1806), Waterloo and Woolwich.
  • In 1821, the Esquesing and Nassagaweya townships were added.
  • In 1840, Halton County is divided into East and West Ridings.  The West Riding included Garafraxa, Nichol, Woolwich, Guelph, Waterloo, Wilmot, Dumfries, Puslinch and Eramosa Townships.[2]
  • In 1845 the townships of the West Riding of Halton form Waterloo County and the townships of Blandford and Blenheim become part of Oxford County.[3][4]
  • In 1849, all Districts including the Gore District ceases to exist. [5]
  • In 1853, the Beverley township was transferred to Wentworth County.
  • In 1854, the Flamborough township was transferred to Wentworth County. [6]
  • In 1973, Halton County was dissolved to form the Regional Municipality of Halton.[7]

Civil Registration

Birth

Marriage

Death


Writing for a More Recent Birth, Marriage, or Death Record

  • ServiceOntario, Birth Records is the only government-authorized source for obtaining birth certificates. Go to the section entitled "Order a Birth Search". This is the most economical, searches the widest time period, and allows searches for people not immediately related. A letter of information is provided rather than a certificate.
  • ServiceOntario, Marriage Records offers a marriage search option and a historical certificate option.
  • ServiceOntario, Death Records offers a death search option and a historical certificate option. Also official death certificates are available to a wider range of relatives than birth and marriage certificates.

FamilySearch Library Microfilmed Records

Some of the church/civil records have been microfilmed by FamilySearch.These microfilms may be ordered for viewing at Family History Centers around the world. To find a microfilm:

a. Click on records for Canada, Ontario, Halton County. You will see a list of available records for the county.
b. You will also see above the list the link Places within Canada, Ontario, Halton County. This will take you to a list of towns in the counties, which are links to records for the specific town.
c. Click on any topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
d. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record. FHL icons.png. The magnifying glass indicates that the microfilm is indexed. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm. Clicking on the microfilm reel will lead to information on how to rent the film. Family history center staff will assist you in ordering the film.

Census Records


Year Census Links

1800-1842

Ontario and Nova Scotia Census, 1800-1842

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1851

Canada Census, 1851

Archives of Canada
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1861

Census of Canada, 1861

Archives of Canada
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1871

Census of Canada, 1871

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1881

Census of Canada, 1881

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1891

Census of Canada, 1891

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1901

Census of Canada, 1901

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1911

Census of Canada, 1911

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1921

Census of Canada, 1921

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Church Records

Church records can include baptisms, marriages, burials, membership lists, financial business, and other records for a particular congregation. They may be available online or on microfilm, but frequently they are still with the local church or in centralized archives by religion. The Canadian census records asked for the religion of those listed, so you will be able to narrow down which archives to consult. For help with writing a letter requesting copies of records, see Letter Writing Guide for Genealogy.

Online Church Records

These records are incomplete.

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Cemetery Records

See, Ontario Cemeteries for information on cemetery record collections not yet digitized, but available in published sources and on microfilm.

Online Cemetery Records


Resources

Biographies

Thomas Merrick (Oakville)

Colonel William Chisholm and family (founder of Oakville)

Chief Joseph Brant (Thayendanegea) - (Burlington) He owned the land which later became Burlington



Also, refer to  Biographies in the Province of Ontario Resources - Biography.

Cemeteries

Refer to the follow resources for information regarding cemeteries in Halton:

Transcriptions and online resources:


Cemetery websites:
Burlington:
Oakville:
  • City managed cemeteries - includes Trafalgar Lawn and seven inactive or "pioneer" cemeteries (Bronte, Merton, Munn's, Oakville/St. Mary's, Palermo, St. Jude's and Wedgewood).
  • Glen Oaks
Milton:

Evergreen - includes online search

Halton Hills:
  • Town managed cemeteries - including Greenwood (Georgetown), Fairview (Acton) and seven inactive or "pioneer" cemeteries (Trafalgar Road Pioneer Cemetery ( Georgetown), Pioneer Cemetery
  • (Georgetown), Pioneer Cemetery (Hornby), Acton Pioneer Cemetery (Acton), St Paul’s Anglican Cemetery (Norval), Worden Pioneer Cemetery (Acton), Hornby Presbyterian Cemetery (Hornby))
  • Holy Redeemer - Georgetown Catholic Cemetery

 

Additionally, please read about Cemeteries in the Province of Ontario Resources - Cemeteries .

Census Records

Additionally, please read about Census Records in the Province of Ontario Resources - Census .

Church Records

Halton County Marriages - online transcriptions of 1858-59, 1860, 1865-66, 1868, Georgetown Congregational 1858-1872

Halton Marriage records - manual transcription lookups for:

  • Halton Journal 1855- 1858 - Halton Co. Ontario
  • Halton-Peel Marriages performed at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church,
  • Halton-Peel Marriage performed at St. James Anglican Cathedral

Home District - online transcriptions of:

  • 1840-56 (Vol II pg 37)
  • 1831-33 (vol 10)
  • Register of Stephen Howard, Clerk of the Peace, 1803-1830 (Vol 6)
  • Register of Rev. James Harris, Presbyterian Church, 1823 - 1825 (Vol. 7)
  • Register of Rev. James Harris, Presbyterian Church, 1826-1831 (Vol. 8)
  • Brock Parish, Anglican Church records

Also check out:  Church Records in the Province of Ontario Resources.

Directories

Halton Historical Directories

Online searchable index of Halton names in the following directories:

  • Canada Directory of Professional and Business Men, Montreal: John Lovell, 1851
  • Canada Directory of Professional and Business Men, Montreal: John Lovell, 1857
  • Fuller's counties of Peel and Halton Directory for 1866 & 1867, Blackburn's City Steam Press, Toronto, 1866
  • County of Halton Directory, 1869-70, Hamilton: A. Lawson and Co., 1869
  • Lovell's Business and Professional Directory of the Province of Ontario for 1882, Montreal: John Lovell & Son, 1871
  • Lovell's Business and Professional Directory of the Province of Ontario for 1882, Montreal: John Lovell & Son, 1882
  • Morrey's Business Directory - Halton, Waterloo and Wellington, Ingersoll: Union Publishing Co., 1896
  • Morrey's Business Directory - Halton, Waterloo, Wellington counties, Ingersoll: Union Publishing Co., 1899


Land and Property Records

Illustrated Historical Atlas

Local Histories

The history of Georgetown (now part of the Town of Halton Hills)


The history of Limehouse (now part of the Town of Halton Hills)


The History of Oakville


Newspapers & Obituaries 

A Number of Halton County and present day Regional Municipality of Halton newspapers have been digitally scanned, indexed and are searchable online. http://news.halinet.on.ca/search provides a portal to search for birth, marriage and death announcements, article and in some cases, full issue browsing.


Searchable and/or archived Halton newspapers, including publication dates ranges:

  • Acton Free Press, 1875-1984[8] (HHPL)
  • Acton Tanner,  1992-1997[8] (HHPL)
  • Burlington Gazette, 1899-1986[9] (BPL)
  • Burlington Post (BPL)
  • Canadian Champion (MPL)
  • Daily Journal Record
  • Erin Advocate  (HHPL)
  • Georgetown Gemini  (HHPL)
  • Georgetown Herald, 1867-1992  (HHPL)
  • Georgetown Independent, 1973-1978 (HHPL)
  • Georgetown Leader (HHPL)
  • Halton Hills This Week (HHPL)
  • Hamilton Spectator
  • Independent & Free Press, 1985-present (HHPL)
  • Nassagaweya Country News
  • New Tanner (HHPL)
  • North Halton Compass (HHPL)
  • Oakville Beaver (OPL)
  • Oakville Journal Record (OPL)
  • Oakville News (OPL)
  • Oakville Record (OPL)
  • Oakville Record-Star (OPL)
  • Oakville Star & Independent (OPL)
  • Oakville Trafalgar Journal (OPL)
  • Standard and Halton and Peel Gazetteer

The acronym in brackets after each newspaper denotes the public library that holds archived material for these papers (microfilm, microfiche etc).  Library details are listed below:

Societies and Libraries  

Societies:

Libraries:

  • BPL: Burlington Public Library (www.bpl.on.ca)

Central Branch: 905.639.3611

  • HHPL: Halton Hills Public Library (www.hhpl.on.ca)

Georgetown Branch(note this branch is closed until Fall 2012): 905-873-2681

  • MPL: Milton Public library (www.mpl.on.ca)

Main Street Branch: 905-875-2665

  • OPL: Oakville Public Library (www.opl.on.ca)

Central Branch: 905-815-2042

Populated Places Table


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POPULATED PLACE

FORMER NAME, if applicable TYPE

FHL  CATALOG

WIKIPEDIA

 Acton       Link   Link
 Aldershot        Link   Link
 Appleby       Link   Link
 Bronte        Link   Link
 Burlington      Link  Link
 Campbellville       Link   Link
 Drumquin       Link   Link
 Dumfries    Township   Link   Link
 Eden Mills       Link   Link
 Esquesing    Township    Link   Link
 Georgetown       Link   Link
 Glen Williams        Link   Link
 Halton Hills          Link   Link
 Hornby        Link   Link
 Kilbride       Link   Link 
 Limehouse       Link   Link
 Lowville       Link    Link
 Merton      Link   Link
 Milton       Link   Link
 Moffat        Link   Link
 Nassagaweya      Township   Link   Link
 Nelson         Link   Link
 Nelson    Township   Link   Link
 Norval       Link   Link
 Oakville       Link   Link
 Omagh        Link   Link
 Palermo       Link   Link
 Stewarttown       Link   Link
 Tansley      Link   Link
 Trafalgar    Township   Link   Link
 ANY NEW LOCATIONS IN FHL CATALOG???       Link  

Websites

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.