YORK County

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Named from the town of York, now Toronto, established by Governor Simcoe (1792) as the capital of the Province, near the site of a French Fort (Rouille) which was burned in 1759. The county is about equally divided by Yonge Street, the road built by Simcoe’s Queen’s Rangers from Lake Ontario to Lake Simcoe, and at the time of the first surveys (1791) was clothed with pine and hardwood forests. Has always been counted as the centre of Ontario life.


Historical Maps

All Townships available

See County Maps!


Historical Directories

All Townships available

See County Directories!


Transcribed Names

Database for each Township, or

Province-Wide Search

An excerpt from The Province of Ontario: A History, 1615-1927, by Middleton, J.E. & Langdon, F., 1927, Dominion Publishing Co., Toronto

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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.