Verulam Township

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Verulam Twp. in historical VICTORIA Co.

Opened in 1823. Surveys were completed in 1831. The first settlers, in 1832, were John Hunter and William Bell. In 1833 a small Scottish colony of immigrants came in, and some retired English officers took up land on the shore of Sturgeon Lake; but settlement was slow. In 1842 there were only 68 householders in Verulam and in the neighbouring township of Harvey. The founder of Bobcaygeon village was Thomas Need, who built a mill in 1832.

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

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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.

2 available I0051497 | I0051498

See the Archives of Ontario's Introduction to RG-100 Patent Plans, or Search by Township in the Visual Database, entering keywords as follows:

In the TITLE field enter the township i.e. Gwillimbury
In the REFERENCE CODE field enter: RG 1-100

The names on these maps are not transcribed for the HeritagePIN databases.

** This is an 1877-published map. Although the scope of this project is for the Pre-Confederation period (before 1870), we have transcribed names from this 1877 map, as the Victoria Co. directories are limited and do not specify lot locations.

No pre-Confederation era maps have been found, or are known to have been published. See the Patent Maps.
The 1877 VICTORIA Co. Atlas, by Jas. Patterson
Map Transcription Progress

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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1858 Peterborough & Victoria / White / subscr. site
(Names in Towns Only)

1865-66 Peterborough & Victoria / Sutherland / subscr. site

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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: 19 – 22
Victoria Verulam C-1077 19 20 21
Victoria Verulam C-1077 22    

* 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
52 Victoria South E Verulam Div 1 C-9981 Link to Start
52 Victoria South E Verulam Div 2 C-9981 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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* tab marked (Tax Rolls) = no records for entire County

Ontario historical township tax assessments showing concessions and lots

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Township Dates Film Images  
Verulam None Available

NOTE: The above table is for records BEFORE 1880, only!
Films marked in red are viewable at LDS Family History Centers.

FamilySearch has begun to transcribe: (incomplete)

Ontario Tax Assessment Rolls, 1834-1899
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See FamilySearch Wiki about Ontario Taxation.
Both Owners and Tenants were assessed for taxes (i.e. Freeholders and Householders).
See the Instructions to Assessors from 1847 Norfolk Co.

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) :
Total Records Found: 229, showing 10 per page
SurnameIncidenceTownshipCountyDatesSourceAvailable online?DetailsMisc
[ ]enwick 1 Verulam Victoria 1877 map Link to Source
[ ]unkin 1 Verulam Victoria 1877 map Link to Source
Abbott 1 Verulam Victoria 1877 map Link to Source
Adams 1 Verulam Victoria 1877 map Link to Source
Akister 1 Verulam Victoria 1877 map Link to Source
Allen 1 Verulam Victoria 1877 map Link to Source
Allison 1 Verulam Victoria 1877 map Link to Source
Amos 1 Verulam Victoria 1877 map Link to Source
Argue 2 Verulam Victoria 1877 map Link to Source
Ashbury 1 Verulam Victoria 1877 map Link to Source

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.