One of the St. Lawrence counties set apart as an electoral district by Simcoe in 1792, and named in honour of the Right Hon. Henry Dundas, Viscount Melville, British statesman. First settlers arrived on June 20th, 1784, being German Loyalists who had fought with Sir John Johnson in the American Revolution. They were the descendants of the Palatine immigrants who were sent to America in 1710 and settled in the Mohawk Valley. The County is united for municipal purposes with Stormont and Glengarry.

Historical Maps

All Townships available

See County Maps!

Historical Directories

None available

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Transcribed Names

Database for each Township, or

Province-Wide Search


Maps with Names

all Townships avail


none available

Municipal Heritage
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(Search Surnames at Township pages)
more maps and names

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.