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Accession Number: 80-001


Canada West. Victoria County Census. -- Microfilmed 21 Nov. 1979. -- 4 microfilm reels.

Biography / History

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.)

Custodial History

The microfilm was purchased from the National Archives of Canada.

Scope and Content

The Microfilm are copies of the National Archives of 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. Genealogical resource.


Title based on the contents of the fonds.

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

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

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

Associated material located at the National Archives of Canada.

For related records see: 80-002, 83-007, 86-026, and 93-024.

Microfilm. Set 32.

Finding Aid

1851 CensusReel 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