Peterborough County, Ontario Genealogy

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

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Peterborough County. centered on Peterborough (city), was founded from the historic Newcastle District in a new Colborne District in 1838. Curiously, census records don't use Colborne as a district label, instead lumping the townships created under Newcastle.

In 1854, the Colborne District became Peterborough and Victoria County, the later of which was separated into it's own county in 1863. In 1874 the provisional county of Haliburton was planned, derived from Peterborough, Victoria, and Nipissing District. Haliburton didn't become it's own county until 1973.

Townships in Peterborough County
Peterborough Haliburton from Nipissing
Asphodel

Belmont & Methuen

Burleigh & Astruther

Chandos

Douro

Dummer

Ennismore

Galway and Cavendish

Harvey

North Monaghan

Otonabee

Smith

Bruton

Cardiff

Dysart

Dudley

Glamorgan

Guliford

Harburn

Harcourt

Minden

Monmouth

Snowden

Stanhope

Clyde

Eyre

Havelock

Lawrence

Livingstone

McClintock

Nightingale

Sherborne

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Civil Registration

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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, Peterborough 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, Peterborough 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

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Ontario and Nova Scotia Census, 1800-1842

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Canada Census, 1851

Peterborough (District 30)
  • 285, 290 - Belmont and Methuen
  • 286, 288 - Burleigh and Dummer
  • 287 - Douro
  • 289, 291 - Harvey and Smith
  • 292 - Monaghan North
  • 293 - Asphodel
  • 294 - Ennismore
  • 295 - Otonabee
  • 296 - Peterborough

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Census of Canada, 1861

Peterborough
  • Ashburnham
  • Asphodel
  • Belmont
  • Douro
  • Dummer,
  • Ennismore
  • Galway
  • Harvey
  • North Monaghan,
  • Otonabee
  • Peterborough
  • Smith
  • Snowdon
  • Stanhope

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Census of Canada, 1871

Peterborough West (District 56)
  • A - South Monahan
  • B - North Monahan
  • C - Peterborough
  • D - Smith
  • E - Ennismore

Peterborough East (District 57)

  • A - Otonabee
  • B - Ashburnham Norwood
  • C - Douro
  • D - Asphodel
  • E - Dummer
  • F - Belmont, Methuen

Peterborough North (District 58)

  • A - Harvey
  • B - Galway, Cavendish
  • C - Snowden, Glamorgan
  • D - Minden
  • E - Standhope, Sherborne
  • G - Dysart, Dudley, Harcourt, Guilford, Harburn, & Bruton

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Census of Canada, 1881

Peterborough East (District 125)
  • A - Ashburnham (village)
  • B - Norwood (village)
  • C - Burleigh and Anstruther and Chandos
  • D - Harvey
  • E - Galway and Cavendish
  • F - Belmont
  • G - Methuen
  • H - Hastings (village)
  • I - Asphodel
  • J - Standhope and Sherborne and McClintock
  • K - Dudley and Dysart and Harcourt
  • L - Snowden
  • M - Glamorgan
  • N - Mammoth
  • O - Cardiff
  • P - Minden
  • Q - Douro
  • R - Otonabee
  • S - Dummer

Peterborough West (District 126)

  • A - Peterborough (town)
  • B - Smith
  • C - Monahan North
  • D - Monahan South
  • E - Ennismore

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Census of Canada, 1891

Peterborough East (District 109)
  • A - Ashburnham
  • B - Asphodel
  • C - Belmont
  • D - Burleigh, Anstruther and Chandos
  • E - Cardiff
  • F - Cavendish
  • G - Douro
  • H - Dummer
  • I - Glamorgan
  • J - Harcourt, Dudley and Dysart
  • K - Harvey
  • L - Lakefield
  • M - Methuen
  • N - Monmouth
  • O - Norwood
  • P - Otonabee

Peterborough West (District 110)

  • A - Ennismore
  • B - Monaghan North
  • C - Monaghan South
  • D - Peterborough (town)
  • E - Smith

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Census of Canada, 1901

Peterborough East (District 106)
  • A - Ashburnham (village)
  • B - Asphodel
  • C - Belmont
  • D - Burleigh and Astruther
  • E - Chandos
  • F - Cardif
  • G - Cavendish
  • H - Clyde, Eyre and Havelock
  • I - Douro
  • J - Dummer
  • K - Glamorgan
  • L - Guliford, Harburn and Bruton
  • M - Havelock (village)
  • N - Harcourt, Dudley and Dysart
  • O - Harvey
  • P - Lakefield (village)
  • Q - Livingstone, Lawrence and Nightingale
  • R - Methuen
  • S - Monmouth
  • T - Norwood (village)
  • U - Otonabee

Peterborough West (District 107)

  • A - Ennismore
  • B - Monaghan North
  • C - Monaghan South
  • D - Peterborough (town)
  • E - Smith

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Census of Canada, 1911

Peterborough East (District 112)
  • [1 - 4] Asphodel Township
    • 1 - Westwood (village)
  • [5 - 9] Belmont and Methuen Townships
    • 9 - Cordova (village)
  • [10 & 11] Burleigh and Anstruther Townships
    • 10 Apsley (village)
  • [12 - 14] Chandos Township
  • [15 - 18] Douro Township
  • [19 - 22] Dummer Township
    • 19 - Warsaw (village)
  • [23 - 30] Otonabee Township
    • 23 - Keene (village)
    • 27 - Lang (village)
    • 28 - Rice Lake Indian Reserve (Hiawatha)
  • 31 & 32 - Havelock
  • 33 & 34 - Lakefield
  • 35 & 36 - Norwood

Peterborough West (District 113)

  • 1 & 2 - Ennismore Township
  • 3 - Cavendish & Galway Townships
    • Kinmount (village)
  • 4 - Galway Township
  • [5 - 7] Harvey Township
    • 5 - Halls Bridge (village)
  • [8 & 9] North Monaghan
    • 9 - Springville (village)
  • [10 & 11] South Monaghan
    • 11 - Bailieboro (village)
  • [12 - 16, 31] Smith Township
    • 15 - Bridgenorth (village)
    • 31 - Chemong Indian Reserve
  • [17 - 31] Peterborough (town)

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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

Populated Places Table


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POPULATED PLACE

FORMER NAME, if applicable TYPE

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WIKIPEDIA

 Anstruther        Link   Link
 Ashburnham       Link   Link
 Asphodel    Township     Link   Link
 Bailieboro        Link   Link
 Belmont     Township   Link   Link
 Bridgenorth       Link   Link
 Burleigh       Link   Link
 Cameron        Link   Link
 Cardiff    Township   Link   Link
 Cavan      Township  Link   Link
 Cavendish       Link   Link
 Chandos     Township  Link   Link
 Chemong Park       Link   Link
 Cottesloe       Link   Link
 Douro       Link   Link 
 Douro     Township   Link   Link
 Dummer     Township   Link   Link
 Ennismore       Link   Link
 Ennismore     Township   Link   Link
 Galway     Township   Link   Link
 Glamorgan   Township   Link   Link
 Harvey    Township   Link   Link
 Hastings       Link   Link
 Havelock       Link   Link
 Kawartha Park        Link   Link
 Keene        Link   Link
 Lakefield        Link   Link
 Mathers Corners        Link   Link
 Methuen     Township   Link   Link
 Mount Pleasant       Link   Link
 Nogies Creek        Link   Link
 North Monaghan   Township   Link   Link
 Norwood       Link   Link
 Otonabee     Township   Link   Link
 Peterborough       Link   Link
 Preveneau        Link   Link
 Rockdale       Link   Link
 Smith      Township   Link   Link
 South Monaghan     Township   Link   Link
 Warsaw       Link   Link
 Westwood          Link   Link  
 Young's Point         Link   Link
 Zion         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.