Place:Bonnechere Valley, Renfrew, Ontario, Canada

NameBonnechere Valley
Coordinates45.46°N 77.13°W
Located inRenfrew, Ontario, Canada     (2001 - )
See alsoEganville, Renfrew, Ontario, Canadatown merged into Bonnechere Valley in 2001
Grattan, Renfrew, Ontario, Canadatownship merged into Bonnechere Valley in 2001
Sebastopol, Renfrew, Ontario, Canadatownship merged into Bonnechere Valley in 2001
South Algona, Renfrew, Ontario, Canadatownship merged into Bonnechere Valley in 2001

The following article is based on one in Wikipedia.

Bonnechere Valley is a township in Renfrew County, Ontario, Canada. It had a population of 3,665 in the Canada 2006 Census. It was established in 2001 by amalgamation of the village of Eganville and the townships of Grattan, Sebastopol and South Algona.

Ontario GenWeb has a sketchmap of the original townships.

The map of Renfrew County circa 1951 from Ontario Archives locates the individual municipalities, townships, city, towns and villages of the county.


The administrative and commercial centre of Bonnechere Valley is Eganville, a small community occupying a deep limestone valley carved at the Fifth Chute of the Bonnechere River.

The township also comprises the smaller communities of Augsburg, Castile, Clontarf, Constant Creek, Cormac, Dacre, Donegal, Esmonde, Grattan, Lake Clear, McGrath, Perrault, Ruby, Silver Lake, Scotch Bush, Vanbrugh, Woermke and Zadow, as well as the ghost towns of Newfoundout, Balaclava and Foymount.


The power of the Bonnechere River has been harnessed since 1848 but it was John Egan's grist mill that gets credit for stimulating the area's economic growth.

In 1911, the Great Fire destroyed many of the buildings in Eganville. Seventy-five homes were lost in all along with schools, churches and industries along both sides on the Bonnechere River. A year later, the Municipal Building was erected, and served as the village post office for almost a century. This building has since become the home of the Bonnechere Museum and one of the most well known symbols of Eganville.

Research Tips

The primary source for basic documents (vital statistics, land records, wills) for people who lived in the Province of Ontario is the Archives of Ontario, 134 Ian Macdonald Blvd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M7A 2C5.

Early Records

Civil registration did not begin in the province until 1869. Before then there may be church records of baptisms and burials. For the most part these are still held by the denomination who recorded them. Copies of marriage records made pre-1869 had to be sent by individual clergymen to the registrar of the county in which the marriage took place. These marriage records are available through Ontario Archives, on micorfilm through LDS libraries, and on paid and unpaid websites, but because they were copied at the registrars' offices, they cannot be considered a primary source.

Vital Records after 1869

Birth, marriage and death registrations are not open to the public until a specific number of years after the event occurred. Births to 1914 are now available [October 2012]; dates for marriages and deaths are later. Birth and death registration was not universally carried out in the early years after its adoption. Deaths were more apt to be reported than births for several years. The more rural the area, the less likely it would be that these happenings were reported to the authorities.
Images and indexes of civil registrations for the "viewable" years can be found on paid websites, and indexes only on FamilySearch. The latest year published is not yet available online. The FamilySearch Wiki on Ontario Vital Records explains how these records are organized and their availability.

Land Records and Wills

Information on how to access land records and wills is best sought on the Archives of Ontario website. An ancestor's land holding might be found on Canadian County Atlas Digital Project if he was in occupancy circa 1878.

Association for the Preservation of Ontario Land Registry Office Documents (APOLROD). A list of Land Registry Offices for all Counties of Ontario.


The original censuses are in the hands of Library and Archives Canada. All of the original census (1851-1911) images are online with the exception of that for 1861. Not all of them are indexed. Later censuses are not yet available. Census divisions were redrawn as the population increased and more land was inhabited.
Other websites, some paid and some free, also provide Canadian census originals and/or indexes online. One can view censuses on microfilm at the Archives of Ontario or at big libraries throughout Canada.

E-books and Books

  • The Internet Archive, particularly texts from Canadian universities, can contain interesting material
  • Our Roots is a Canadian website similar to The Internet Archive
  • Global Genealogy is an online bookshop specializing in Ontario material who will ship anywhere in the world.

Some websites with more local information on Renfrew County

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