Elgin County, Ontario Genealogy

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Guide to Elgin County ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

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Online Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Writing for a More Recent Birth, Marriage, or Death Record[edit | edit source]

  • ServiceOntario, Birth Records is the only government-authorized source for obtaining birth certificates. Go to the section entitled "Order a Birth Search". This is the most economical, searches the widest time period, and allows searches for people not immediately related. A letter of information is provided rather than a certificate.
  • ServiceOntario, Marriage Records offers a marriage search option and a historical certificate option.
  • ServiceOntario, Death Records offers a death search option and a historical certificate option. Also official death certificates are available to a wider range of relatives than birth and marriage certificates.

FamilySearch Library Microfilmed Records[edit | edit source]

Some of the church/civil records have been microfilmed by FamilySearch.These microfilms may be available for viewing at Family History Centers around the world. To find a microfilm:

a. Click on records for Canada, Ontario, Elgin County. You will see a list of available records for the county.
b. You will also see above the list the link Places within Canada, Ontario, Elgin County. This will take you to a list of towns in the counties, which are links to records for the specific town.
c. Click on any topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
d. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record. FHL icons.png. The magnifying glass indicates that the microfilm is indexed. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Year Census Links


Ontario and Nova Scotia Census, 1800-1842

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Canada Census, 1851

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Census of Canada, 1861

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Census of Canada, 1871

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Census of Canada, 1881

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Census of Canada, 1891

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Census of Canada, 1901

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Census of Canada, 1911

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Census of Canada, 1921

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Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records can include baptisms, marriages, burials, membership lists, financial business, and other records for a particular congregation. They may be available online or on microfilm, but frequently they are still with the local church or in centralized archives by religion. The Canadian census records asked for the religion of those listed, so you will be able to narrow down which archives to consult. For help with writing a letter requesting copies of records, see Letter Writing Guide for Genealogy.

Online Church Records[edit | edit source]

These records are incomplete.


Cemetery Records[edit | edit source]

See, Ontario Cemeteries for information on cemetery record collections not yet digitized, but available in published sources and on microfilm.

Online Cemetery Records[edit | edit source]

Populated Places Table[edit | edit source]

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FORMER NAME, if applicable TYPE



 Aldborough   Township    Link   Link
 Aylmer        Link    Link
 Bayham   Township   Link    Link
 Belmont        Link   Link
 Calton       Link    Link
 Clachan       Link    Link
 Cowal       Link   Link
 Dunboyne         Link     Link
 Dunwich     Township   Link    Link
 Dutton         Link   Link
 Eden           Link    Link
 Fingal       Link     Link
 Frome           Link   Link
 Glencolin          Link    Link
 Grovesend       Link    Link 
 Iona       Link   Link
 Iona Station        Link     Link
 Jaffa       Link  Link
 Lakeview       Link   Link
 Largie        Link     Link
 Luton         Link     Link
 Lyons         Link   Link
 Malahide   Township   Link    Link
 Mapleton       Link    Link
 New Glasgow         Link   Link
 New Sarum         Link     Link
 Orwell       Link  Link
 Port Bruce        Link  Link
 Port Burwell         Link    Link
 Port Stanley         Link    Link
 Port Talbot         Link   Link
 Rodney         Link    Link
 Seville         Link    Link
 Shedden         Link   Link
 South Dorchester     Township   Link    Link
 Southwold   Township   Link     Link
 Sparta       Link   Link
 Springfield         Link    Link
 St. Thomas       Link   Link
 Straffordville        Link   Link
 Talbotville Royal           Link     Link  
 Tyrconnell          Link    Link
 Union          Link   Link
Vienna            Link     Link
 Wallacetown         Link    Link
 West Lorne  Lorne       Link   Link
 Yarmouth     Township    Link   Link

Websites[edit | edit source]

The Forebears website will give you an extensive list of websites that could have information for people who lived in this county. Some sites cover just the county, some cover all of Ontario, and some cover all of Canada. Some sites are databases of names and facts about people; other sites cover background information such as maps, history, geography, or genealogy strategies and methods for the region.