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More help in your Simcoe County Ontario Genealogy research. Includes a Lookup Service, Marriage Records, Newspaper Extracts and more

(Please keep in mind that some townships may not currently exist)


Gwillimbury W.






Townships Then & Now


The north boundary of Flos was Tiny Tp. and on the west was Sunnidale. Vespra and Medonte Tp. border the south and east of Flos. Population in 1842 was 200. Flos Township no longer exists and is now part of Springwater Township.


Tay Tp. is bordered on the north by Gloucester Bay, on the west by Tiny Tp, on the south by Medonte Tp. and on the east by Matchedash Tp. In 1846 there were 3400 acres of Crown lands for sale. The population in 1842 was 202. Tay Tp. still exists.


Tiny Tp. is bordered by Georgian Bay and Nottawasaga Bay on the north and the west. Flos Tp. is its southern border and Tay is to the east. Most of the settlers here by 1842 were half French, half native. There were 230 people here in 1842. Tiny Tp. still exists.


This township has been combined with Medonte to form Oro-Medonte


This township has been combined with Oro to form Oro-Medonte


This township no longer exists and is part of Springwater.


This township no longer exists and is part of Clearview Township


This township no longer exists and is part of Clearview Township


Combined with Tosorontio to form Adjala-Tosorontio


Combined with Adjala to form Adjala-Tosorontio


Now Ramara Township


Now part of Severn Township


Now part of Severn Township


Part of New Tecumseh Township

Gwillimbury W.

Now part of Bradford-West Gwillimbury

Simcoe District in 1846

In 1846, Simcoe District consisted of the County of Simcoe, including the townships of Adjala, Artemisa, Collingwood, Essa, Flos, West Gwillimbury, Innisfil, Medonte, Matchadash, Mulmur, Mono, Nottawasaga, Ospry, Oro, Orillia, St. Vincent, Sunnidale, Tay, Tiny, Tecumseth, tossorontio, Euphrasia and Vespra.

The boundaries of Simcoe District were the Home District, Lake Simcoe, Lake Gougichin, and Severn River on the east, Severn River and Georgian Bay on the north, Wellington District on the west, and Home District on the south.

Simcoe District was part of the Home District until 1843, at which time the county of Simcoe was declared a separate District. Land for settlement was excellent for farming - the main drawback being lack of good roads. The district town was Barrie, on Kempenfelt Bay. In 1846 201,872 acres of Crown Land was for sale in Simcoe District at a cost of 8 shillings per acre.

The population of Simcoe District in 1842 was 12,592 and there were 96 schools.

The District town was Barrie

Map of Simcoe County in 1855

Simcoe County Archives

The Simcoe County Archives was the first county archives in Ontario and is the central repository of genealogical and historical materials for all of Simcoe County.

For a fee of $25.00 Canadian, the Archives will undertake a two-hour search of the records.

The Archives holds the following materials:

  • Census Records for 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901
  • Land Patent Book for Simcoe County
  • Tax Assessment Rolls, 1858-1912
  • Vital Statistics pre 1869
  • Newspapers from 1847 to current (many are indexed)
  • Cemetery Studies
  • School & Church Records
  • Directories from 1866 to current
  • Genealogical Records of Simcoe County Families - compiled by descendants of Simcoe County settlers and collected by the Archives
  • Additional Sources such as maps, photographs, municipal records, manuscripts

Simcoe Co. Archives
Minesing ON
L0L 1Y0

The archives is one hour driving time from Toronto and can be reached via Highway 400 North to Barrie. At Barrie exit on Bayfield Street North - this becomes Highway 27. Follow Highway 27 North for about 10 km. to Highway 26. The Archives and the Simcoe Co. Museum are just minutes from the junction of Highways 26 and 27.


OGS Simcoe County Branch

Box 892
Barrie, ON
L4M 4Y6


Ontario Genealogical Society
40 Orchard View Blvd.
Suite 102
Toronto, ON
M4R 1B9
OGS Homepage

OGS Library

Canadiana Collection, North York Public Library
North York Centre, 5120 Yonge St., 6th floor
North York, ON
M2N 5N9

Ontario Historical Society

34 Parkview Avenue
Willowdale, ON
M2N 3Y2
(416) 226-9011 phone
(416) 226-2740 fax

Simcoe County Land Records Office

Court House
114 Worsley Street
Barrie, Ontario
L4M 1M1
(705) 725-7232 phone



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