Garafraxa Township

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Garafraxa (West) Twp. in historical WELLINGTON Co.

Opened in 1821.

Jesse E. Middleton, The Province of Ontario: a History: 1615-1927, published 1927

What remains of Garafraxa Twp. in Wellington Co. is only the western portion of the full township, the east portion having ceded to Dufferin Co. in 1879. The intact (original) Garafraxa Twp. had 25 Lots running northward with Concession 1 to 19,A,C running eastward. Garafraxa (West) is restricted to Concessions 1 to 8 (see early Patent Map). For our Transcription Projects, where early Directories and Maps have covered the township before the split, we have manually separated out records into East- and West- portions. Researchers are advised to check both.

See East Garafraxa, in Dufferin County.

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HINT: Before fine-searching the online maps, verify from the database of transcribed names (bottom).

Early survey maps with names of original patentees¬†–¬†over-written with subsequent owners.

1 available I0043427

See the Archives of Ontario Summary and Index to Early Patent Maps, or Search by Township.

The names on these maps are not transcribed, nor will they be included in our project. However, our databases do include transcriptions of names from early Grant/Patent RECORDS (those issued prior to 1826).

Maps at McGill University’s Digital Atlas Project cover the Post-Confederation period (late for the scope of this project). Names of land-owners are transcribed at McGill’s site.

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1866-67 Simcoe Co. / McEvoy / subscr. site

1867 Wellington Co. / Irwin & Burnham / free online

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1871-72 Wellington Co. / Loomis / free online

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Find Concession/Lot Locations from the Agricultural Schedules of the Canadian national Censuses.
1842 (limited), 1851, 1861 and 1871.

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Finding Aid | Search Form – LAC | see table, below

NOTE: Garafraxa Township in Wellington Co. includes the western Concessions 1-8. At the time of this 1861 census the eastern portion had not yet ceded to Dufferin Co. The below pages are for the full township.

1861 District SubDistrict Film     PGs: 17 - 30
Wellington Garafraxa C-1084 17 18 19
Wellington Garafraxa C-1084 20 21 22
Wellington Garafraxa C-1084 23 24 25
Wellington Garafraxa C-1084 26 27 28
Wellington Garafraxa C-1084 29 30  

* The LAC search form is pre-set to search this District, and for Agricultural schedules only. However, these indexes are significantly incomplete. ALL IMAGES ARE AVAILABLE by page number, in the chart, above.

The 1861 Census Districts | Re: Bothwell, Cardwell & Monck

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Important: See FINDING AID – involves a few steps.
The Township of Garafraxa was split into East- and West- sections in 1879, after this 1871 census. However, already at this date the township was divided into East and West enumeration districts. Therefore, only the West part is shown here, with the East filed in Dufferin Co.

1871 District SubDistrict Div.* Film Images
34 Wellington Centre G Garafraxa West Div 1 C-9947 Link to Start
34 Wellington Centre G Garafraxa West Div 2 C-9948 Link to Start

* The Enumeration Division must match the corresponding Sched. 1 Personal Census.

Header titles on each census page aren’t always fully descriptive of the Districts and Divisions. Rely on indexed information at Ancestry or FamilySearch.

The 1871 Census Districts | Maps of City Wards

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HeritagePIN’s own updated list of Named Villages and Settlements in Ontario, based on the 1857 Canada Directory (Lovell) and the 1869 Province of Ontario Gazetteer and Directory (McEvoy/Clark), and on descriptions found in 30+ Pre-Confederation Directories.

See also notes about Administrative Districts that crossed established boundaries.

Many more details and maps are found in the pages for each Township (follow links).

heritagePIN PROJECT DATABASES | Project Goals and Progress

HeritagePIN has a number of Name Transcription Projects on the go since 2008. The time period of study is Pre-Confederation (1867). Since Ontario’s civil records program took some years to fully implement, this time period has been extended to include Ontario’s documented inhabitants prior to the mid-1870’s.

Transcribed surnames are searchable at each Township’s page


MAPS | project

I had been able to photograph several of the (brittle) Pre-Confederation maps at various universities and archives, and by 2016 the University of Toronto has made images available ONLINE for many more!

The names in these databases have been transcribed by me personally, and include names from the inset town maps, and indexes of subscribers, located in the margins of each map.


Likewise, with historical directories, names have been transcribed by eye, not by OCR (conversion to text). They include those entries for individuals living in towns and cities.


Where maps and directories are sparse for a township, or for an early time period, the Databases are supplemented with record-sets * that show names and Concession/Lot locations *. These include early Land Grant/Patents, and Agricultural Census returns.