Ontario Historical Administrative Districts

The geographical historical Counties were, for the most part, established by the 1870’s. When searching for source documents, however, various Electoral (enumeration) and Administrative boundaries may be described.


CARDWELL, BOTHWELL & MONCK

These were only ever Districts created for planning and representation, i.e. ELECTORAL DIVISIONS or CENSUS ENUMERATION.

However, they do appear sometimes in records, for example a birthplace of “Cardwell”.

Ontario Locator’s descriptions:

Bothwell

Cardwell

Monck


ADMINISTRATIVE DISTRICTS UP TO 1860

In 1860, a government project indexed all land patent applications within their Administrative Districts up till to that point. Their notes on the organization of the various Districts and Townships, are summarized at our Land Patents Project.


MORE INFO

FamilySearch Description of Historical Geography

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ONGOING INVENTORY:


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


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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.

 
DIRECTORIES & GAZETTEERS | project


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.

 
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES


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.