Bruce County, Ontario Genealogy

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Guide to Bruce County ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

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Online Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Writing for a More Recent Birth, Marriage, or Death Record[edit | edit source]

  • ServiceOntario, Birth Records is the only government-authorized source for obtaining birth certificates. Go to the section entitled "Order a Birth Search". This is the most economical, searches the widest time period, and allows searches for people not immediately related. A letter of information is provided rather than a certificate.
  • ServiceOntario, Marriage Records offers a marriage search option and a historical certificate option.
  • ServiceOntario, Death Records offers a death search option and a historical certificate option. Also official death certificates are available to a wider range of relatives than birth and marriage certificates.

FamilySearch Library Microfilmed Records[edit | edit source]

Some of the church/civil records have been microfilmed by FamilySearch. To find a microfilm:

a. Click on records for Canada, Ontario, Bruce County. You will see a list of available records for the county.
b. You will also see above the list the link Places within Canada, Ontario, Bruce County. This will take you to a list of towns in the counties, which are links to records for the specific town.
c. Click on any topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
d. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record. FHL icons.png. The magnifying glass indicates that the microfilm is indexed. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Year Census Links


Ontario and Nova Scotia Census, 1800-1842

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Canada Census, 1851

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Census of Canada, 1861

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Census of Canada, 1871

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Census of Canada, 1881

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Census of Canada, 1891

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Census of Canada, 1901

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Census of Canada, 1911

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Census of Canada, 1921

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Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records can include baptisms, marriages, burials, membership lists, financial business, and other records for a particular congregation. They may be available online or on microfilm, but frequently they are still with the local church or in centralized archives by religion. The Canadian census records asked for the religion of those listed, so you will be able to narrow down which archives to consult. For help with writing a letter requesting copies of records, see Letter Writing Guide for Genealogy.

Online Church Records[edit | edit source]

These records are incomplete.


Cemetery Records[edit | edit source]

See, Ontario Cemeteries for information on cemetery record collections not yet digitized, but available in published sources and on microfilm.

Online Cemetery Records[edit | edit source]

Populated Places Table[edit | edit source]

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FORMER NAME, if applicable TYPE



 Albermarle   Township   Link   Link
 Amabel   Township    Link     Link
 Arkwright        Link    Link
 Arran   Township   Link   Link
 Brant   Township    Link   Link
 Bruce   Township   Link      Link
 Burgoyne       Link   Link
 Cape Croker        Link      Link
 Carrick    Township   Link    Link
 Chesley        Link   Link
 Colpoys Bay          Link    Link
 Culross   Township   Link    Link
 Dunblane        Link   Link
 Eastnor     Township   Link    Link
 Elderslie   Township   Link    Link 
 Elmwood       Link   Link
 Formosa       Link     Link
 Glammis       Link   Link
 Greenock   Township   Link   Link
 Hanover       Link    Link
 Hepworth        Link    Link
 Huron     Township   Link   Link
 Inverhuron       Link   Link
 Kincardine        Link    Link
 Kincardine     Township   Link   Link
 Kinloss   Township   Link    Link
 Kinlough       Link    Link
 Langside       Link   Link
 Lindsay   Township   Link    Link
 Lion's Head       Link    Link
 Lucknow       Link   Link
 Lurgan        Link    Link
 Mildmay        Link    Link
 Oliphant        Link   Link
 Paisley       Link   Link
 Penetangore        Link    Link
 Pike Bay        Link  Link
 Port Elgin        Link    Link
 Red Bay        Link     Link
 Ripley        Link   Link
 Riversdale          Link    Link  
 Saugeen     Township   Link   Link
 Scone         Link   Link
 Southampton          Link     Link
 St. Edmunds    Township   Link    Link
 Stokes Bay       Link   Link
 Tara        Link    Link
 Teeswater        Link   Link
 Tiverton       Link   Link
 Walkerton       Link    Link
 Whitechurch       Link    Link
 Wiarton       Link   Link

Websites[edit | edit source]

The Forebears website will give you an extensive list of websites that could have information for people who lived in this county. Some sites cover just the county, some cover all of Ontario, and some cover all of Canada. Some sites are databases of names and facts about people; other sites cover background information such as maps, history, geography, or genealogy strategies and methods for the region.