The map of Simcoe County circa 1951 from Archives of Ontario identifies the individual cities, towns and villages covered by the sketchmap. There is a faility to enlarge it at the bottom for the page.
Two sketchmaps from Simcoe GenWeb show the whole of Simcoe County and the alterations of boundaries that came with the change from townships to municipalities in the 1990s. The web page also leads to a considerable amount of information about Oro Township and its history.
1880 Map of Oro Township
Oro United Church Cemetery, Oro Station, Concession 6, Lot 25, Oro Township
St. Thomas Anglican Cemetery, Shanty Bay, Concession 2, Lot 28, Oro Township
Guthrie Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Guthrie, Concession 5, Lot 20, Oro Township
Rugby Cemetery, Old Barrie Road, Concession 11, Lot 10, Oro Township
Esson Church Cemetery, Old Barrie Road, Concession 11, Lot 10, Oro Township
St. Mark's Cemetery, East Oro, Concession 11, Lot 16, Oro Township
West Oro Baptist Church Cemetery, Concession 5, Lot 5, Oro Township
Edgar Cemetery, Old Barrie Road, Concession 5, Lot 11, Oro Township
Bethesda Congregational Church Cemetery, near Edgar, Concession 3, Lot 10, Oro Township
African Episcopal Church Cemetery, Concession 4, Lot 11, Oro Township
Craighurst Anglican Church Cemetery, Concession 1, Lot 40, Oro Township
Knox Presbyterian Cemetery (old section north end), Concession 9, Lot 10, Oro Township
Leigh's Corners Cemetery, Concession 12, Lot 16, Oro Township
Two lone plots along Old Barrie Road, Concession 6, Lot 11, Oro Township
Cameron Family burial ground, Concession 13, Lot 6, Oro Township
McPherson Family burial ground, Concession 13, Lot 7, Oro Township
McLeod Cemetery, Concession 12, Lot 12, Oro Township
Cemetery, Concession 6, Lot 11, Oro Township
Johnson Cemetery, Concession 14, Lot 7 West 1/3, Oro Township
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.
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 1915 are now available [October 2014]; 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.
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, known to Canadians as "LAC". Copies of original microfilms are online at the LAC website for all censuses up to 1911. Each census database is preceded with an explanation of the geographical area covered, the amount of material retained (some census division material has been lost), the questions on the census form, and whether there is a name index. Census divisions were redrawn as the population increased and more land was inhabited. The 1921 census is only available through Ancestry.ca, but it is free-to-view.
E-books and Books
Websites with more local information on Simcoe County