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Check Local Resources - For People

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Thomas Chevalier Prosser family
Thomas Chevalier Prosser family

Many homeowners want to know more about their property than the lot size and the age of the bricks and mortar. Information about people can be found in a variety of records.


Census returns of the population are available for Simcoe County Municipalities for 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901 and 1911; returns for the former Ontario County municipalities of Rama and Mara are available from 1851 to 1911. Microfilm copies are held at the Simcoe County Archives. On-line transcriptions of and indexes to Simcoe County census are available for all years, and digital images of the 1881, 1891, 1901 and 1911 census are available on the Library and Archives Canada website.

Tweedsmuir Histories

The ladies of the local branches of the Women’s Institutes deserve a great amount of praise for the work they have done to gather together information about the small communities of the country. Named after Lady Tweedsmuir, who was very interested in the activities of the W.I., the Histories contain a wide variety of document and written summaries about people, farms, homes, churches, schools, halls, parks, and heritage sites.

1933 Vernon's Directory
1933 Vernon's Directory


Like census records, directories place people and businesses in a specific place at a specific point in time. The street directory can also help with the placing of buildings within town blocks.

Business Records

Records of private businesses, as well as organizations, provide a day-to-day perspective of activities.