Renfrew County, Ontario Genealogy

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

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Civil Registration

Birth

Marriage

Death


Writing for a More Recent Birth, Marriage, or Death Record

  • 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

Some of the church/civil records have been microfilmed by FamilySearch.These microfilms may be available for viewing at Family History Centers around the world. To find a microfilm:

a. Click on records for Canada, Ontario, Renfrew 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, Renfrew 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


Year Census Links

1800-1842

Ontario and Nova Scotia Census, 1800-1842

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1851

Canada Census, 1851

Archives of Canada
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1861

Census of Canada, 1861

Archives of Canada
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1871

Census of Canada, 1871

Archives of Canada
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1881

Census of Canada, 1881

Archives of Canada
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1891

Census of Canada, 1891

Archives of Canada
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1901

Census of Canada, 1901

Archives of Canada
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1911

Census of Canada, 1911

Archives of Canada
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1921

Census of Canada, 1921

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Church Records

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

These records are incomplete.

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Cemetery Records

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

Online Cemetery Records

Populated Places Table


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POPULATED PLACE

FORMER NAME, if applicable TYPE

FHL  CATALOG

WIKIPEDIA

 Admaston   Township    Link   Link
 Alice   Township    Link   Link
 Arnprior        Link  Link
 Augsburg        Link  Link
 Bagot   Township    Link   Link
 Barry's Bay       Link  Link
 Barryvale       Link   Link
 Black Donald        Link   Link
 Blythfield    Township    Link   Link
 Bonnechere       Link   Link
 Bromley      Township    Link   Link
 Brougham   Township    Link   Link
 Brudenell       Link  Link
 Brudenell     Township    Link   Link
 Buchanan   Township    Link  Link 
 Burns   Township    Link   Link
 Burnstown       Link   Link
 Calabogie       Link   Link
 Castleford        Link  Link
 Chalk River        Link   Link
 Clontarf        Link   Link
 Cobden         Link   Link
 Combermere       Link  Link
 Cormac        Link   Link
 Deep River        Link  Link
 Deux Rivières        Link  Link
 Douglas       Link   Link
 Eganville       Link   Link
 Esmonde       Link   Link
 Fraser     Township   Link   Link
 Germanicus       Link   Link
 Golden Lake        Link   Link
 Grattan    Township    Link   Link
 Griffith        Link  Link
 Griffith   Township   Link   Link
 Hagarty   Township    Link   Link
 Haley Station       Link  Link
 Haley Station        Link   Link
 Horton    Township    Link   Link
 Jones   Township    Link   Link
 Kaszuby        Link   Link  
 Killaloe         Link  Link
 Killaloe Station         Link  Link
 La Passe          Link   Link
 Latchford Bridge        Link   Link
 Letterkenny       Link  Link
 Lyndoch    Township    Link  Link
 Mackey       Link  Link
 Matawatchan   Township    Link   Link
 McNab   Township    Link  Link
 Mount St. Patrick        Link  Link
 North Algona    Township    Link   Link
 Osceola       Link   Link
 Palmer Rapids        Link   Link
 Pembroke       Link  Link
 Point Alexander        Link   Link
 Quadeville       Link   Link
 Radcliffe   Township    Link  Link
 Raglan   Township    Link  Link
 Rankin       Link  Link
 Renfrew        Link   Link
 Richards    Township   Link   Link
 Rolph    Township    Link  Link
 Rosenthal       Link   Link
 Ross      Township    Link  Link
 Sand Point         Link  Link
 Sebastapol     Township    Link   Link
 Sherwood   Township    Link   Link
 South Algona   Township    Link   Link
 Springtown       Link  Link
 Stafford   Township    Link  Link
 Stonecliffe       Link   Link
 Tramore        Link  Link
 Westmeath         Link   Link
 Westmeath   Township    Link   Link
 Wilberforce   Township    Link   Link
 Wilno       Link   Link
 Wolfe        Link   Link
 Wylie       Link   Link
 Wylie     Township    Link   Link
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Websites

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.

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Renfrew County is rather large and has several population centers:  Deep River, Pembroke, Laurentian Hills, and Petawawa in the north, Arnprior in the southern area of the county, the city of Renfrew and Cobden. Barry's Bay is to the west. 

Neighboring Counties

To the east is the Province of Quebec and Pontiac County, Along the southern border is Lanark County and Carleton County, and further east is the county of Frontenac, then Lennox and Addington County. Hastings County is along the western southern boarder of Renfrew. To the north of the county is the Nipissing District. 

Cemeteries

Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society Cemetery Search This database covers the counties of Carleton, Lanark, Renfrew, Prescott and Russell.

Also search the Ontario Genealogical Society Ontario Cemetery Ancestor Index, Ontario Cemetery Finder.

These two databases are similar, but some content is different, so check both sites.

Societies and Libraries

When doing genealogical research in the Renfrew County area of Ontario keep in mind researching both sides of the Ottawa River (Outaouais, the French version). It is wise to consult archives in Ontario and Quebec such as Renfrew County, Ontario, Gatineau, Quebec, Ottawa and Montreal. Your ancestors did not stay in one area and would frequently move back and forth across, up and down the Ottawa river with ease.  

Here is a list of archives:

Upper Ottawa Valley Genealogical Society Group, 225 Dickerson Ave., Pembroke, Renfrew Co., Ontario. This society is in the lower floor of the Masonic Building in Pembroke, Ontario. This society covers all of Renfrew County and further north in the area on the Ontario side, as well as Pontiac County, Quebec. They have family histories, newspapers, books, cemetery records and more. Consult their webite for their holdings, hours, and research policies:Upper Ottawa Valley Genealogical Society Group

Arnprior McNap/Braeside Archive, 21 B Madawaska St., Arnprior, ON K7S 1R6 This archive is in the public library of Arnprior, Ontario. This archive's emphasis is more on Renfrew County and surrounding areas but again our ancestors moved around more than you think. Consult their website for their holdings, hours and research policies. Archives

The Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society their library is at 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario. Mailing address is P.O. Box 8346 Station T, Ottawa, Ontario K1G 3H8. They cover the counties of Carleton, Lanark, Renfrew, Prescott and Russell, which all are in Ontario but again our ancestors migrated a lot more than we think and had family ties in various areas. Check their website for more information: The Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society

Libraries and Archives Canada 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON K1A ON4, Canada. This is the Canada's main government archive. Consult their online website for more information all topics of genealogy in Canada: Libraries and Archives Canada

The Archives of Quebec has the main building in Montreal and branches throughout Quebec. The main building is at 535 Viger Avenue W. in Montreal. The Branch for Pontiac is located in Gatineau. The Archives of Quebec

Ottawa Chapter of the Ontario Genealogical Society in Ottawa. Link They have cemetery records for Renfrew, Pontiac, Gatineau and areas along the Ottawa River.