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RESOURCES | Find Lot Locations using the 1871 Census

Research 1871 CENSUS locations free online for ALL OF ONTARIO. The individual Township pages at this site, point to every Sched. 4 start page for every Enumeration Division in the Province! COPYRIGHT – the Surname databases, Look-up charts, Transcriptions and all Map geo-points are property of Lisa Rance, Orillia, 2011-current.

Determine the exact Concession & Lot locations where ancestors reported crops on the 1871 Census. This is helpful for differentiating families of a common surname. The ancestor need not have been a farmer – even small personal gardens on town lots, were reported.

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Muskoka and Parry Sound Lot Locations, 1871

I only recently became aware of the existence of an “agricultural” schedule for the 1871 Census of Canada. Here are a thousand+ surnames transcribed for Muskoka and Parry Sound using the cross-referencing procedure described here.

Total Records Found: 1005, showing 10 per page
[1871 surnames] Ryde Muskoka 1871. census check DRAPER Twp.
[1871 surnames] Oakley Muskoka 1871. census check DRAPER Twp.
Adams 1 Muskoka Muskoka 1871. census
Adams 1 Medora Muskoka 1871. census
Adams 3 Chaffey Muskoka 1871. census
Adelhard 1 Morrison Muskoka 1871. census
Alderman 1 Draper Muskoka 1871. census
Alexander 1 Watt Muskoka 1871. census
Algie 1 Hagerman Parry Sound 1871. census
Allard 1 McDougall Parry Sound 1871. census

RESOURCES | onLand+ Land Registry

Searching for residential details of ancestors residing in Ontario, Canada? When the Township / Concession / Lot locations are already known, search Land Records here at onLand.

In 2018 Service Ontario announced its project making available online the Ontario early land record ‘History Books’. Land Registry Offices closed for public search services in 2020.

It is required to know the historical County, Township and Concession location to search the Abstract Index of Deeds.

Access OnLand from this Website

At any Township page, access OnLand from the link in the left sidebar called ‘Land Registry’.

Arriving at the County index for ‘Historical Books’, immediately select the Township from the drop-down manu.

Enter the name of an historical Ontario COUNTY. Counties are expressed as ALL-CAPS.

Bottom right, select ‘Historical Books’ and Search…

From Book Category, select ‘Abstract/Parcel Register Book’

Abstract Index books for the entire county appear in the list. In the top-right corner, filter by Township.

Some land parcels may be filed under the names of towns / municipalities.

In this township, only one historical book is available. The Concession A and B are located on either side of the north-bouund Nipissing Road, and Concessions 1 to 14 are the grid of Concessions and Lots of the remainder of the township.

When viewing maps, Concessions are indicated by Roman numerals.

Abstract Index Books

The Ontario Land Abstract Index books can be viewed at both onLand and FamilySearch. Once details of registration are recorded from the indexes, the documents can often be found in the FamilySearch catalog of County Land Records and General Registers (Probate).
See RESOURCES | FamilySearch Land Records

Be Sure of Land Parcel Descriptions
As found in a directory or census, a concession / block might be coded such as ‘NBTR’. The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources has a township-navigator as part of its arcGIS mapping utility. See instructions here.
Example shown for Southwold Township.

Ken McKinlay’s ‘Finding On the Ground’ series:
A Land Records Challenge
Finding A Rural Route Address in Ontario
Then and Now in Ontario
Finding an Ontario Concession/Lot on a Map
Ordering from OnLand