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Olive Tree Genealogy Picks this genealogy database Return of Emigrants Landed at the Port of Kingston Ontario, Canada 1861-1882 gives the final destination of the individuals, their date of arrival at Kingston and more
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In your research you will need to know these various names for Ontario!
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There are many genealogy records for ancestors immigrating to Ontario. Olive Tree Genealogy has online passenger lists carrying Peter Robinson Settlers to Peterborough Ontario in 1820.
If, for example, you find a census record in the U.S.A. or in Ontario showing your ancestor was born in C.W. , this was Canada West -- and existed only between the years 1842-1867. That will help you narrow the time period of an ancestor's birth, and provide clues for more genealogical research.

Before December 26, 1791 present day Ontario was known as the Western part of the Montreal District of the Colony of Quebec.
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Start your genealogy journey on Ontario History. Find clues to break that brick wall in Ontario Settlements & Early Settlers and Districts of Upper Canada in 1846
In 1791 the colony of Quebec was divided into the two provinces of Upper and Lower Canada. Upper Canada (now Ontario) was all that land lying west of the Ottawa River, while Lower Canada (now Quebec) was all the land lying east.

In 1842 Upper and Lower Canada united to form the Province of Canada.
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Upper Canada (present-day Ontario) became known as Canada West while Lower Canada (present day Quebec) became known as Canada East. In 1867 Upper Canada, or Canada West was given the name of the Province of Ontario. It was one of four original provinces at the time of Ontario Confederation on July 1, 1867.

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The Constitution Act of 1867 also allowed for the admittance of Rupert's Land and the North-Western Territory into the Dominion of Canada, but it was not until The Rupert's Land Act of 1868 that this occured.

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Rupert's Land was originally owned by Hudson's Bay Company. It consisted of part of the present-day provinces of Ontario and Quebec North of the Laurentians and West of Labrador; all of Manitoba; most of Saskatchewan; the southern half of Alberta; the eastern part of Nunavut Territory; and portions of Minnesota and North Dakota in the United States.

There are other miscellaneous obscure genealogy records where you can search for Ontario ancestors such as Blacks Settlements in Ontario, Home Children Records, Ontario Genealogy Books, Ontario Resources & Addresses

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Have you searched for ancestors in Ontario City & Farmers' Directories, Ontario Court Records, Ontario Divorce Records or Ontario Education Records? Try Ontario Military Records, Ontario Medical Records, Ontario Municipal Records, Ontario Newspaper Records, and yes, even Ontario Tavern Keepers
If you want to search family names in Ontario, start with the McGinnis Family of Wellington County, Shuart Family of Ontario, the Peer, Pier, Pear Families of Ontario , Isaac Van Valkenburg aka Vollick Loyalist from New York with Butler's Rangers in Niagara, Jonas Larroway Loyalist from New York with Butler's Rangers in Niagara, Elisha Wilcox (Willcox, Willcocks) Sr Loyalist from New England with Butler's Rangers in Niagara, and his children also Gasper Brown, Ancestry of Jacob Burkholder of Hamilton Ontario, Gingrich Family in Waterloo Ontario

Seach more family names including Peter Bell & Elizabeth (Betty) Higginson, Arthur Forbes Bryce & Mary Hawkins, Jonathan Butler, a black man, & wife Elizabeth Jenkins, Daniel Dodge & Elizabeth Sternberg, William Elgie & Jane Walker, Edmund Facey & Redigon Aungier, Thomas Fitzsimmons & Harriet Eliza Barnes, The Harstone & Windsor Family, Descendants of Michael Jackson & Mary, John & Florinda Kennedy, Massey - Montgomery Family, The McGinnis, King & Bell Families, The Frederick Purdue & Margaret Cowan Family,

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