BRUCE County

County organized in 1849, and named in honour of James Bruce, eighth Earl of Elgin, Governor General of Canada. First permanent white settlers in the county in 1848. A large Scottish element in the population; diligent, and thrifty… Saugeen Territory, owned by the Indians, included all the region from Meaford to the Maitland River and all the watershed to the Caledon Hills. It was ceded to the Government by treaty of August 9th, 1836, and opened for settlement April 19th, 1847, under the popular name of the “Queen’s Bush”. Bruce formed a part of this area.

Historical Maps

Patent maps per Township

See County Maps!

Historical Directories

Most Townships available

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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

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.