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Accession Number: 77-028


Canada West. Peterborough County Census. -- Microfilmed 2 Nov. 1970. -- 4 microfilm reels.

Biography / History

The land which is now Peterborough County was originally part of Newcastle District before 1841, and the Colbourne District until 1850. At this time the United Counties of Peterborough and Victoria was created. In 1861, Victoria County was given independence from Peterborough. Peterborough County is made up of the following townships: Galway, Cavendish, Anstruther, Chandos, Harvey, Burleigh, Methuen, Ennismore, Smith, Douro, Dummer, Belmont, North Monaghan, Otonabee, and Asphodel. (taken from "Illustrated Historical Atlas of Peterborough County 1825-1875." Peterborough: The Peterborough Historical Atlas Foundation Inc., 1975.)

Custodial History

The microfilm copies of the census records were purchased from the National Archives of Canada by the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

The microfilms are copies of the 1851 and 1861 decennial nominal census for Peterborough County and parts of Prescott and Prince Edward Counties. Also included (reel 4) is the 1851 census for the Townships of Minden, Stanhope, and Dysart. Genealogical resource.


Title based on the contents of the records.

The microfilm was purchased from the National Archives of Canada.

The original records are located at the National Archives of Canada.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

For related records see: 77-029, 83-007, 86-026 and 93-024.

Microfilm. Set 19.

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1851 Census

Reel 1 (P.A.C. film #C-978):

Peterborough County: Division #

285 Belmont Township

290 Methuen Township

286 Burleigh Township

288 Dummer Township

287 Douro Township

289 Harvey Township

291 Smith Township

292 North Monaghan Township

293 Asphodel Township

294 Ennismore Township

295 Otonabee Township

296 Peterborough town

Reel 2 (P.A.C. film #C-979):

Peterborough County: Division #

296 Peterborough town (continued)

Prescott County: Division #

297 Caledonia Township (agricultural census missing)

298 Hawkesbury West Township (agricultural census missing)

299 Hawkesbury East Township (agricultural census missing)

300 Longueuil and Alfred Township (agricultural census missing)

301 Alfred Township (agricultural census missing)

302 Plantagenet North Township (missing)

303 Plantagenet South Township (agricultural census missing)

Prince Edward County: Division #

304 Ameliasburg Township, part 1 Ameliasburg Township, part 2 (personal census missing)

305 Athol Township (personal census missing)

306 Hallowell Township, part 1 (agricultural census missing); Hallowell Township, part 2 (agricultural census missing)  

1861 Census

Reel 3 (P.A.C. film #C-1066):

Perth County: Division #

318A agricultural census

Peterborough County: Division #

319 Ashburnham Village

320 Asphodel Township

321 Belmont Township

322 Douro Township

323 Dummer Township

324 Ennismore Township

Reel 4 (P.A.C. film #1067):

Peterborough County: Division #

325 Galway Township

326 Harvey Township

327 Minden, Stanhope and Dysart Townships

328 North Monaghan Township

329 Otonabee Township

330 Peterborough town

331 Smith Township

332 Snowden Township

332A agricultural census