Place:Simcoe, Ontario, Canada

Alt namesSimcoe County
Simcoesource: Wikipedia
Coordinates44.5°N 79.7°W
Located inOntario, Canada     (1798 - )
Also located inUpper Canada, Canada     (1792 - 1841)
Canada West, Canada     (1841 - 1867)
See alsoHome District, Upper Canada, Canadajurisdiction covering Simcoe County until 1843
Simcoe District, Upper Canada, Canadajurisdiction covering Simcoe County 1843-1849
Contained Places
Dalston United Cemetery
Anten Mills
Brocks Beach
Crown Hill
Fair Valley
Hydro Glen
Leigh’s Corners
Longford Mills ( 1974 - present )
Longford ( 1974 - present )
Mariposa Beach ( 1974 - present )
New Flos
Rich Hill
Sebright ( 1974 - present )
Uptergrove ( 1974 - present )
Independent city
Inhabited place
Atherley ( 1974 - present )
Bell Ewart
Brechin ( 1974 - present )
Collingwood ( 1858 - )
Gamebridge ( 1974 - present )
Hawkestone ( 1830 - )
Midland ( 1879 - )
Mount Albert
Oakview Beach
Port McNicoll
Port Severn
Shanty Bay
Udney ( 1974 - present )
Victoria Harbour
Wasaga Beach
Washago ( 1974 - present )
Millington ( 1974 - )
North Adjala
Military base
Camp Borden
Adjala-Tosorontio ( 1994 - )
Bradford-West-Gwillimbury ( 1991 - )
Clearview ( 1994 - )
Collingwood ( 1858 - )
Essa ( 1826 - )
Innisfil ( 1820 - )
Midland ( 1879 - )
New Tecumseth ( 1991 - )
Oro-Medonte ( 1994 - )
Ramara ( 1994 - )
Severn ( 1994 - )
Springwater ( 1994 - )
Tay ( 1826 - )
Tiny ( 1830 - )
Wasaga Beach
Adjala ( - 1994 )
Essa ( 1826 - )
Flos ( - 1994 )
Innisfil ( 1820 - )
Mara ( 1974 - present )
Matchedash ( - 1994 )
Medonte ( - 1994 )
Medora ( - 1870 )
Mono (township) ( 1849 - 1874 )
Morrison ( 1861 - 1868 )
Mulmur (township) ( 1849 - 1874 )
Nottawasaga ( - 1994 )
Orillia (township) ( - 1994 )
Oro ( - 1994 )
Rama ( 1974 - present )
Sunnidale ( - 1994 )
Tay ( 1826 - )
Tecumseth ( 1822 - 1991 )
Tiny ( 1830 - )
Tosorontio ( - 1994 )
Vespra ( 1819 - 1994 )
West Gwillimbury ( - 1994 )
Wood ( - 1870 )
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names

NOTE: One should not confuse Simcoe County with the town of Simcoe in the former Norfolk County.

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

Simcoe County is located in south-central Ontario. It stretches from the shores of Lake Simcoe in the east to Georgian Bay in the west and north. Its southern boundary is the one it shares with York Region (formerly York County). Its northern land boundary is Muskoka District. The land area of the county is 4,859.16 square kilometres or 1,876.13 square miles. The census of 2011 yielded a total population of just under 450,000. The county administrative centre is located in Midhurst, just outside of the City of Barrie which is separated from the county administration.

end of contribution from Wikipedia.

The original map of Simcoe County circa 1951 from Archives of Ontario locates more places than can be shown on the sketchmap above.


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

Simcoe County, in particular the former Wendake area near Nottawasaga Bay, was the site of the earliest non-First Nations exploration and settlement of Ontario. Several historic sites, including Carhagouha and Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, mark the earliest known contacts between the area's traditional Huron population and European missionaries. The first actual settlers, mostly fur traders, arrived in the late 1700's.

quoting from Ontario GenWeb.

In 1798 the area in Northern Simcoe, including the three islands, was purchased from the Indians by the Canadian government. The southern part of the area was taken by the government in 1815 and prepared for settlers, mostly military veterans and descendants of Loyalists who had been granted land. Later that year several Scottish settlers arrived from Lord Selkirk's failed Red River Settlement.

Most of the county didn't see settlers until the 1830's. Until then the area was inhabited by its original native inhabitants.

In the 1850's Simcoe County was quite large and included areas that are now part of Grey County, Dufferin County, Muskoka District and Parry Sound District. By 1881 Simcoe County had 'shrunk' to its current size.

Simcoe County's population was around 27,000 in 1852 compared with a 2011 population of approximately 450,000.

end of quote from Ontario GenWeb.

The area was originally established as Simcoe District in 1843 by the Legislative Assembly of Upper Canada. Settlement in the area had occurred before that time when the county was under the jurisdiction of The Home District of Upper Canada. The original 19 townships in 1843 were: Adjala, Essa, Flos, West Gwillimbury, Innisfil, Mara, Matchedash, Medonte, Nottawasaga, Orillia (North Division), Orillia (South Division), Oro, Rama, Sunnidale, Tay, Tecumseth, Tiny, Tosorontio and Vespra.

The District was restructured in 1845, changing its composition to the following 24 townships (Source: Statutory Chronology of Canada):

By this time the townships of Mara and Rama had been transferred to the County of Ontario where they stayed until 1974.

Effective January 1, 1850, An Act for abolishing the Territorial Divisions of Upper Canada into Districts abolished Simcoe "District" in favour of the Simcoe "County", still composed of the Townships noted in the Act of 1845.

On the establishment of the Counties of Grey in 1851 and Dufferin, the townships of Artemesia, Collingwood, Osprey, Saint Vincent, Euphrasia, Mono, and Mulmur were transferred to the new counties.

The most recent restructurings took place in 1991 and 1994 which resulted in the current 16 local municipalities.

Two sketchmaps illustrating Simcoe County before and after the municipal boundary changes. (source:Simcoe GenWeb)


Simcoe County's sixteen local municipalities are:

The cities of Barrie and Orillia are within the Simcoe County census division, but are separated from the county administration. There are also three Indian reserves:

  • Christian Island 30
  • Christian Island 30A
  • Mnjikaning First Nation 32

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 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.
Images and indexes of civil registrations for the "viewable" years can be found on paid websites, and indexes only on FamilySearch. The FamilySearch Wiki on Ontario Vital Records explains how these records are organized and their availability.
In September 2014 announced that its paid website has been subjected to a "houseclean" of its Ontario BMD database, adding data that had been omitted and making many corrections. Its provision now includes

  • Births, with 2,172,124 records covering 1869-1913.
  • Marriages, with 3,393,369 records for 1801-1928 including Ontario county, district and Roman Catholic origins as well as province-wide civil registration.
  • Deaths, with 2,190,030 records comprising Ontario civil registrations of deaths, 1869-1938 and registrations of Ontario overseas deaths for 1939-1947.

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 1921. 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.
Other websites, some paid and some free, also provide Canadian census originals and/or indexes online. One can also view censuses on microfilm at the LAC, at the Archives of Ontario (see address above), or at large libraries throughout Canada.

Hard-to-Find Places

E-books, Books and Newspapers

  • 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 Ancestor Hunt is a blog listing old Ontario newspapers that are available online, both free and pay websites. This is a very extensive list.

Websites with more local information on Simcoe County

source: Family History Library Catalog
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