Series 80-001 - Canada West. 1851 and 1861 Victoria County Census

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Canada West. 1851 and 1861 Victoria County Census

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    • 21 Nov. 1979 (Reproduction)
    • 1851, 1861 (Creation)
      Canada West. Victoria County Census.

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    4 microfilm reels

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    Victoria County, formally established in 1860, is comprised of the Townships of Bexley, Carden, Dalton, Eldon, Emily, Fenelon, Laxton, Digby, Longford, Manvers, Mariposa, Ops, Somerville, and Verulam. The town of Lindsay in Ops Township is the county seat. The County is bordered in the north by the Muskoka District, in the east by Haliburton and Peterborough Counties, in the south by Lake Scugog and the Regional Municipality of Durham, and in the west by Durham and Simcoe Counties. It is 2 169 km square in area. The land in Victoria County was first opened for settlement in 1821 and the first settlers were mainly Irish, both Protestant and Catholic, and Scottish Presbyterians. By 1880, lumbering was firmly established as the main industry in the county. Quickly the region was stripped of its forests, and it wasn't until the 1920's that an interest in reforestation developed. Today, Victoria County is a prime grain producing region. As well, chemical industries and tourism make up the present day economic picture of the county. (Taken from: Mika, Nick and Helma. "Places in Ontario, Part III." Belleville: Mika Publishing Company, 1983.)

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    The Microfilm are copies of the Library and Archives Canada decennial, nominal census for the County of Victoria, 1851 and 1861. Also included on the microfilm are the nominal census for Stormont County, 1861 and Waterloo County, 1861.

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    The microfilm was purchased from the Library and Archives Canada via Professor Al Brunger, Department of Geography, Trent University.


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        For related records see other census records in this collection. Associated material located at Library and Archives of Canada.

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        Microfilm. Set 32.


        1851 Census

        Reel 1 (P.A.C. film #C-11753):

        Victoria County, 1851
        Mariposa Township
        Ops Township
        Emily Township
        Eldon Township
        Fenelon Township
        Bexley Township
        Verulam Township
        Somerville (not settled, taken with Bexley)

        1861 Census

        Reel 2 (P.A.C. film #C01075):

        Stormont & Victoria Counties, 1861
        Stormont County
        Cornwall Township
        Finch Township
        Osnabruck Township
        Roxborough Township
        Agricultural census - Stormont County
        Victoria County
        Anson County
        Bexley Township
        Carden Township
        Dalton Township
        Digby Township
        Eldon Township

        Reel 3 (P.A.C. film #C-1076):

        Victoria County, 1861
        Victoria County
        Eldon County
        Emily Township
        Fenelon Township
        Hendon Township
        Laxton Township
        Lindsay Town
        Lutterworth Township
        Macauley Township
        Draper Township
        Mariposa Township
        Ops Township
        Somerville Township
        Verulam Township

        Reel 4 (P.A.C. film #C-1077):

        Victoria & Waterloo Counties, 1861
        Victoria County
        Verulam Township
        Agricultural census - Victoria County
        Waterloo County
        Berlin Village and Goal
        Dumfries N. Township
        Galt Town
        Hamburg Village
        Hespeler Village

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