Place:Lennox and Addington, Ontario, Canada

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NameLennox and Addington
Alt namesLennox and Addington County
Lennox and Addingtonsource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeCounty
Located inOntario, Canada     (1849 - present)
Also located inUpper Canada, Canada     (1792 - 1841)
Canada West, Canada     (1841 - 1867)
See alsoMidland District, Upper Canada, Canadaadministrative district 1792-1849
Lennox, Ontario, Canadacounty joined in union 1860
Addington, Ontario, Canadacounty joined in union 1860
Contained Places
Hamlet
Adolphustown
Camden East
Centreville
Denbigh
Enterprise
Erinsville
Flinton
Fredericksburg
Hawley
Hay Bay
Hayburn
Kaladar
Morven
Northbrook
Roblin
Selby
Strathcona
West Plain
Wilton
Inhabited place
Addington
Amherstview
Bath ( - 1999 )
Cloyne
Napanee ( - 1999 )
Newburgh ( - 1998 )
Odessa
Tamworth
Westbrook
Yarker
Municipality
Addington Highlands ( 1998 - present )
Greater Napanee ( 1999 - present )
Loyalist ( 1999 - the present )
Stone Mills ( 1999 - )
Township
Abinger ( - 1998 )
Adolphustown (township) ( - 1999 )
Amherst Island ( - 1999 )
Anglesea ( - 1998 )
Ashby ( - 1998 )
Camden ( - 1998 )
Denbigh (township) ( - 1998 )
Effingham ( - 1998 )
Ernestown ( - 1999 )
Kaladar (township) ( - 1998 )
North Fredericksburgh ( - 1999 )
Richmond ( - 1999 )
Sheffield ( - 1998 )
South Fredericksburgh ( - 1999 )

The text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

The two original counties of Lennox and Addington were originally separate counties within the Midland District of Upper Canada (or Canada West after 1841). When the district system of administration was abolished in 1849 the two counties were made into the United Counties of Lennox and Addington. But whereas most county unions established in 1849-50 split into separate county administrations, Lennox and Addington became a full amalgamation into a single government in 1860. It is formally known as Lennox and Addington County. The county seat is at Napanee.

The counties took their names from had Charles Lennox, 3rd Duke of Richmond and Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth.

Around the middle of the 19th century, the Addington Road was built by the province to encourage settlement in the northern sections of the county.

The original townships of Addington, starting at the north, were:

and those of Lennox, working basically east to west, were:

This map, from the Archives of Ontario, is dated between 1945 and 1951.

Following municipal reorganization in 1998, Lennox and Addington includes the following municipalities:

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.

Censuses

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.

The website of the County of Lennox & Addington Museum and Archives lists useful websites for genealogical research. Their own "Local Resources" come last. They include

source: Family History Library Catalog
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