Middlesex County, Ontario
- 1 Getting Started
- 2 History
- 3 Places/Localities
- 4 Resources
- 4.1 Biographies
- 4.2 Cemeteries
- 4.3 Census Records
- 4.4 Church Records
- 4.5 Court Records
- 4.6 Directories
- 4.7 Genealogy
- 4.8 Land and Property Records
- 4.9 Local Histories
- 4.10 Maps
- 4.11 Military Records
- 4.12 Newspapers & Obituaries
- 4.13 Probate Records
- 4.14 Taxation Records
- 4.15 Vital Records
- 5 Societies and Libraries
- 6 Web Sites
- 7 References
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The current Middlesex County, Province of Ontario was carved out of what was originally designated by the British as the "Western District". The Western District was one of four districts of the Province of Quebec created in 1788 in the western reaches of the Montreal District and partitioned in 1791 to create the new colony of Upper Canada. Known as Hesse District (from Hesse in Germany) until 1792, it was abolished in 1849. The district originally consisted of that part of Upper Canada west of a line running north from Long Point on Lake Erie, in the region now referred to as Southwestern Ontario. The district town was Sandwich, later renamed Windsor.
In 1798, the district was reorganized to consist of the counties of Essex and Kent, and at the same time, parts of the district were separated to create a new London District.
The London District included what are now the counties of Middlesex, Norfolk and Oxford, which were originally parts of the Home and Western Districts. The district town was Charlotteville, but moved to Vittoria in 1815 and finally London in 1826. Also, in 1826, the townships of Rainham and Walpole were moved to Haldimand County in Niagara District because of their distance from London. In 1837, Oxford County was separated into a new Brock District and Norfolk County was separated to form Talbot District. In 1849, the district was replaced by Middlesex County.
Middlesex County has the major city of London within its borders. Other sizable urban areas are Strathroy, Mt. Brydges, Glencoe, Melbourne, Thorndale and Ailsa Craig.
Middlesex County is located in Southwestern Ontario. The County is bordered by Huron and Perth on the north, Oxford County and the east, Elgin County on the south and Chatham-Kent and Lambton on the west.
At this time, please read about Biographies in the Province of Ontario Resources - Biography.
At this time, please read about Cemeteries in the Province of Ontario Resources - Cemeteries .
At this time, please read about Census Records in the Province of Ontario Resources - Census .
At this time, please read about Church Records in the Province of Ontario Resources - Church Records .
The Anglican Diocese of Huron is located on the campus of the Huron University College on Western Avenue in London, Ontario. Parking is difficult so plan ahead. They do charge $25.00 for research onsite. diohuron.org/what/HR/archives.php Contact them in advance for an appointment and to learn about their holdings, which cover Middlesex, Chatham-Kent and Lambton Counties.
At this time, please read about Court Records in the Province of Ontario Resources - Court Records.
At this time, please read about Directories in the Province of Ontario Resources - Directories.
At this time, please read about Genealogies in the Province of Ontario Resources - Genealogy.
Begley, Donal. The Journal of an Irish Emigrant to Canada. The journal of Thomas Alexander Langford from Co. Leix. to Canada via New York, on the ship "New World" to join his Uncle Thomas. 1853. Article in The Irish Ancestor, vol.VI.no.1.1974, pages 43-47. Family History Ref. 941.5 B2i v5-6.
Land and Property Records
At this time, please read about Land and Property Records in the Province of Ontario Resources - Land and Property.
At this time, please read about Local Histories in the Province of Ontario Resources - History.
At this time, please read about Maps in the Province of Ontario Resources - Maps.
At this time, please read about Military Records in the Province of Ontario Resources - Military Records.
Newspapers & Obituaries
At this time, please read about Newspapers and Obituaries in the Province of Ontario Resources - Newspapers.
At this time, please read about Probate Records in the Province of Ontario Resources - Probate Records.
At this time, please read about Taxation Records in the Province of Ontario Resources - Taxation.
At this time, please read about Vital Records in the Province of Ontario Resources - Vital Records
Societies and Libraries
The London Public Library has the London Room on the top floor for history and genealogy. Located in the heart of the city of London. There collection covers Middlesex County, plus Elgin, Norfolk, Oxford as well as the city of London. They have books, cemetery books, diaries, manuscripts, minutes, maps, photographs.and more. www.londonpubliclibrary.ca/research/genealogy You can park on the street in front of the library there are parking meters or in the parking lot south of the library.
The London & Middlesex County Branch of the Ontario Society is located in London, Ontario. londonmiddlesex.ogs.on.ca/ Their resource center is in the coach house behind Grosvenor Lodge at 1017 Western Rd. London, Ontario. They have newspaper and obituary notice collection, computer surname database, family, church and local histories, atlases, cemetery transcriptions of Middlesex and adjacent townships, Ontario district and County Marriage registers prior to 1869, microfilm, and books and more. They also have a nice United Empire Loyalist Collection.
The Strathroy Public Library in Strathroy has a genealogical collection, newspaper collection, indexes, and more.They share the space with the Museum Strathroy-Caradocwww.strathroymuseum.ca/en/. It is part of the Middlesex Library system. Parkhill Library has microfilm of local materials. www.olco.canlib.ca/client/en_US/middlesex/
Glencoe and District Historical Society
P.O Box 313
247 Main Street
Canada MOL 1MO
The Society has the original land registry records, 140 years of transcript and Free Press, genealogical and local history books, and a wealth of local historical documents, and house family histories for over 40 local families.