Nottawasaga Township

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Nottawasaga Twp. in historical SIMCOE Co.

Opened in 1832, and named from Indian words [in reference to the river]. That was the enemy’s route to Georgian Bay. Originally the shore part of the township was called Java, and the southern part, Merlin. Three racial elements were among the first settlers who came about 1834: Highlanders, about Duntroon; Irish Catholics on the Fourth Concession; and Germans near Batteau. Community centres other than Collingwood: Dunedin (1834), Creemore (1845), Avening (1860), Glen Huron (1852), Singhampton (surveyed in 1856), Nottawa (1853), The Batteau (1852), Hurontario Mills (1845), Stayner (1854).

Jesse E. Middleton, The Province of Ontario: a History: 1615-1927, published 1927
Early survey maps with names of original patentees¬†–¬†over-written with subsequent owners.

1 available I0050934

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

McEvoy / 1866-67 Simcoe County / subscr. site

Links & Transcription Progress

Irwin / 1872-73 Simcoe County & Muskoka Dist. / 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

1861 District SubDistrict Film     PGs: 40 – 48
Simcoe Nottawasaga C-1073-1074 40 41 42
Simcoe Nottawasaga C-1073-1074 43 44 45
Simcoe Nottawasaga C-1073-1074 46 47 48

* 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.
1871 District SubDistrict Div.* Film Images
42 Simcoe North A Nottawasaga Div 1 C-9962 Link to Start
42 Simcoe North A Nottawasaga Div 2 C-9962 Link to Start
42 Simcoe North A Nottawasaga Div 3 C-9962 Link to Start
42 Simcoe North B Collingwood Town   C-9962 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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Search Surname - by part name, or use a star as a wildcard -- do not use single quote i.e. O'Brien - instead use O(star) IF CONTENT SHIFTS, RE-HIT 'SEARCH':
Total Records Found: 974, showing 10 per page
SurnameIncidenceTownshipCountyDatesSourceAvailable online?DetailsMisc
Adair 1 Nottawasaga Simcoe 1871 map Link to Source
Adair 2 Nottawasaga Simcoe 1867 directory Link to Source
Adam 1 Nottawasaga Simcoe 1867 directory Link to Source
Adamson 1 Nottawasaga Simcoe 1871 map Link to Source
Adamson 1 Nottawasaga Simcoe 1867 directory Link to Source
Ahart 1 Nottawasaga Simcoe 1867 directory Link to Source
Algeo 2 Nottawasaga Simcoe 1867 directory Link to Source
Allan 2 Nottawasaga Simcoe 1871 map Link to Source
Allen 1 Nottawasaga Simcoe 1867 directory Link to Source
Anderson 7 Nottawasaga Simcoe 1871 map Link to Source


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.