Brant County, Ontario Genealogy

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

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History[edit | edit source]

Prior to the establishment of Brant County as an administrative county in 1849-50, the area was governed locally by the Gore District of Upper Canada (Canada West after 1841). The townships were previously located in Wentworth and Oxford Counties. Settlement began in the area in the 1780s.

In 1999, Brant County became a single tier municipality. Its townships ceased to exist, and the county was governed like a city with wards replacing the townships. Brantford and Paris maintained their own municipal governments.

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Oxford, Waterloo, Wentworth, Haldimand, Norfolk

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.These microfilms may be accessible for viewing at Family History Centers around the world. To find a microfilm:

a. Click on records for Canada, Ontario, Brant 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, Brant 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]

Census Districts and Sub-Districts Links

Ontario and Nova Scotia Census, 1800-1842

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Canada Census, 1851

Braint County (District 2)
  • 5 - Brantford (partial, part 4 missing)
  • 6 - Brantford
  • 7 - Burford
  • 8 - Dumfries
  • 9 - Oakland
  • 10 - Onondaga
  • 11 - Paris
  • 12 - Tuscarora

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Census of Canada, 1861

Brant County

Brantford, Burford, Oakland, Onondaga, Paris,

South Dumfries, & Tuscarora.

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Census of Canada, 1871

Brant South (District 15)
  • A - Burford
  • B - Oakland
  • C - Brantford West
  • D - Brantford
  • E - Tuscarora

Brant North (District 16)

  • A - South Dumfries
  • B - Brantford East
  • C - Paris
  • D - Onondaga

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Census of Canada, 1881

Brant South (District 159)
  • A - Brantford (city)
  • B - Burford
  • C - Oakland
  • D - Brantford West
  • E -Tuscarora

Brant North (District 160)

  • A - Brantford East
  • B - Onondaga
  • C - Dumfries South
  • D - Paris (town)

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Census of Canada, 1891

Brant North (District 48)
  • A - Ancaster (of Wentworth)
  • B - Blenheim (of Oxford)
  • C - Brantford East
  • D - Dumfries South

Brant South (District 49)

  • A - Brantford West
  • B - Brantford (city)
  • C - Onondaga
  • D - Paris (town)
  • E - Tuscarora

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Census of Canada, 1901

Brant South (District 46)
  • A - Brantford (city)
  • B - Brantford West
  • C - Onondaga
  • D - Paris (town)
  • E - Tuscarora

Wentworth and Brant North (District 127)

  • A - Ancaster (Wentworth)
  • B - Barton (Wentworth)
  • C - Blenheim (Oxford)
  • D - Brantford East
  • E - Dumfries South (Division 3 missing)

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Census of Canada, 1911

Brant (District 56)
  • 1-7 - Brantford township
    • 4 - Cainsville & Echo Place (villages)
  • 8-16 -Burford township
    • 8 - Scotland & Kelvin (villages)
    • 11 - Burford (village)
    • 13 - New Durham & Harley (villages)
    • 14 - Brant (township)
  • 17-23 - South Dumfries township
    • 18 - Harrisburg (village)
    • 20 - Glenmorris (village)
  • 24-25 - Onondago township
    • 24 - Middleport (village)
    • 25 - Onondago (village)
  • 26-28, 35 - Tuscarora township
    • 26 - Ohsweken (village)
    • 27, 28, & 35 - Six Nations Indians
  • 29-34 - Paris (city)

Brantford (Distroct 57)

  • 1-39 Brantford township
    • 1 - Falkland (village)
    • 4 - Mount Pleasant (village)
    • 6 - Mount Vernon (village)
    • 7 - Oakland (village)
    • 8 - Scotland (village)
    • 9-39 Brantford (city)

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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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 Bishopgate       Link   Link
 Brantford        Link    Link
 Brantford   Township   Link     Link
 Burford        Link   Link
 Burford   Township   Link    Link
 Burtch       Link   Link
 Cainsville       Link   Link
 Cathcart         Link     Link
 Glen Morris        Link    Link
 Hagersville        Link   Link
 Harley          Link    Link
 Harrisburg       Link    Link
 Hatchley          Link   Link
 Kelvin         Link    Link
 Middleport       Link    Link 
 Mount Pleasant        Link   Link
 Mount Vernon        Link     Link
 Oakland       Link    Link
 Oakland   Township   Link   Link
 Ohsweken       Link    Link
 Onondaga        Link    Link
 Onondaga    Township    Link   Link
 Paris       Link    Link
 Scotland        Link    Link
 South Dumfries    Township   Link   Link
 St. George        Link   Link
 Tuscarora   Township   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.

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Virtual War Memorial for Brantford and the county of Brant online, this is provided by the Brantfod Public Library.

Newspapers & Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Brantford Expositor Newspaper: This newspaper provides a searchable index of births, marriages and deaths covering the years between 1852-201o with some missing years. If you are not located in this area you can request copies of the notices for a fee.