Fonds 83-016 - United Counties of Northumberland and Durham. Vital Statistics fonds

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United Counties of Northumberland and Durham. Vital Statistics fonds

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    • 1831-1873 (Creation)
      United Counties of Northumberland and Durham

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    33 cm of textual records (1 box and 3 loose volumes)

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    In 1792, the United Counties of Northumberland and Durham were officially created in a proclamation made by Lieutenant-Governor John Graves Simcoe. The proclamation divided Upper Canada in 19 Counties for representation purposes. The United Counties are bounded by Lake Ontario in the south, Hasting County in the east, Ontario County in the west and Peterborough and Victoria Counties in the north. The town line between Hope and Hamilton Townships divide the two counties. Durham County consists of the Townships of Cartwright, Manvers, Cavan, Darlington, Clarke and Hope. Northumberland County consists of South Monaghan, Hamilton, Haldimand, Alnwick, Percy, Cramahe, Seymour, Brighton and Murray Townships. (Taken from: Illustrated Historical Atlas of Northumberland and Durham Counties, Ontario. Belleville: Mika Silk Screening Limited, 1972.)

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    This fonds was originally in the Cobourg Town Hall of Cobourg, Ontario. Archives staff discovered 5 additional original returns in May 2005, which are also included.

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    This fonds consists of bound volumes of births, marriages and deaths for the United Counties of Northumberland and Durham and loose marriage documents. Fonds is organized into two series: loose documents and bound volumes.

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    Some of the documents have small tears and are becoming brittle. Handle with care. The large bound volumes may not be photocopied.

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    This fonds was donated by Judge Harry Deyman.


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        Published indexes exist for the records of this fonds: The Marriage Registers of Upper Canada/Canada West, Volume 7, Part 1 (1831-1848) and Part 2 (1848-1855), Newcastle District / Walker-Molotkow. Copies of the indexes available in the Archives' Northway Reading Room - Archives REF CS 88 .06 W34 2000 v. 7 pts. 1-2.

        The Archives discovered 5 additional original returns in May 2005 and another 7 additional original returns in January 2007. Because the marriages documented in these returns were not included in the Archives of Ontario registers, the documents are transcribed in the notes at the file-level record
        Indexes/transcriptions of bound volumes have been added as digital objects.

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        For related records see United Counties of Northumberland and Durham. Vital Statistics fonds. 1984 additions (84-004).


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