RESOURCES | Maps showing Land Parcel Data

The Ontario Government’s ‘Make a Topographic Map’ online utility

It can be used to confirm modern land parcel data, you may also mark it up with personal boundaries and comments and save maps digitally for printing.

TIP: with each new location, re-enter the program from its home page:


Enter an address.

This address is in modern-day Seguin, Ontario. It can be located under both Parry Sound (large municipality) or by township name.

Select the targeted location on which to center the map.


Zoom in close and each individual lot is labelled with Township, Concession and Lot.

These labels are the modern Parcel descriptors, and may correspond with the historical lots shown on old maps. Sometimes through time, townships have become amalgamated or renamed.

Zooming in more, results in “Ontario Imagery” (satellite/aerial views).


Click-and-drag and zoom in-out to get the map view just right.
Then click ‘I want to…’ and select ‘Printing’

Select digital output format and make a title. Click ‘Print’ button.

Much more can be done with this utility!

RESOURCES | Find Lot Locations using the 1871 Census

Research 1871 CENSUS locations free online for ALL OF ONTARIO. The individual Township pages at this site, point to every Sched. 4 start page for every Enumeration Division in the Province! COPYRIGHT – the Surname databases, Look-up charts, Transcriptions and all Map geo-points are property of Lisa Rance, Orillia, 2011-current.

Determine the exact Concession & Lot locations where ancestors reported crops on the 1871 Census. This is helpful for differentiating families of a common surname. The ancestor need not have been a farmer – even small personal gardens on town lots, were reported.

See Tutorial

Muskoka and Parry Sound Lot Locations, 1871

I only recently became aware of the existence of an “agricultural” schedule for the 1871 Census of Canada. Here are a thousand+ surnames transcribed for Muskoka and Parry Sound using the cross-referencing procedure described here.

Total Records Found: 1005, showing 10 per page
[1871 surnames] Ryde Muskoka 1871. census check DRAPER Twp.
[1871 surnames] Oakley Muskoka 1871. census check DRAPER Twp.
Adams 1 Muskoka Muskoka 1871. census
Adams 1 Medora Muskoka 1871. census
Adams 3 Chaffey Muskoka 1871. census
Adelhard 1 Morrison Muskoka 1871. census
Alderman 1 Draper Muskoka 1871. census
Alexander 1 Watt Muskoka 1871. census
Algie 1 Hagerman Parry Sound 1871. census
Allard 1 McDougall Parry Sound 1871. census

RESOURCES | onLand Land Registry

2018 is the year that Service Ontario announced its project making available all Ontario early land record ‘History Books’, free online.

Until now, such a search required a visit to a regional Land Registry Office or to the Archives of Ontario.

Family historians are just learning about this important resource and wondering as to the extent of records that will be made available by the completion of the project.

At the very least, the indexes should indicate family groups occupying lots in the earliest time periods, or the presence of instruments describing inheritances.

Using onLand website to view historical Land Records. (This utility will advance from its start in Dec. 2018)

At this site, access onLAND from the link in the left sidebar called ‘Land Registry’

Or use the onLAND home page:

Enter the name of an historical Ontario COUNTY. Counties are expressed as ALL-CAPS.

Bottom right, select ‘Historical Books’ and Search…

From Book Category, select ‘Abstract/Parcel Register Book’

Abstract Index books for the entire county appear in the list. In the top-right corner, filter by Township.

Some land parcels may be filed under the names of towns / municipalities.

In this township, only one historical book is available. The Concession A and B are located on either side of the north-bouund Nipissing Road, and Concessions 1 to 14 are the grid of Concessions and Lots of the remainder of the township.

When viewing maps, Concessions are indicated by Roman numerals.