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Port Hope, Ontario
A  Living  Past
Ontario Genealogical Society This site was created in March 2000 with the hope of expanding our own family research. We also began transcribing the wealth of Port Hope/Hope Township resources available. Hopefully, you will find something of value in these 200+ pages and might have something you can share.

In 2017, we were honoured to have the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) approach us to partner with them to ensure our future continued online presence. To access their website, please click the OGS logo.
- Barbara Kyle & Peter Bolton

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Our family
maple leaf We are hoping that presently unknown relatives in the following family groups will browse through our lineages pages, recognize a connection, and get in touch.
  • Bolton, Gray, Powell, Thomas (Buckinghamshire/Middlesex)
  • Skitch, Peardon, Bailey, Harris (Cornwall/Devon)
  • Nicholas (Yorkshire)
  • Holloway (England)
  • Kyle, Carse, Oliver, White (Northumberland, England)
  • Currie (Argyll, Scotland)
  • Monaghan, Mills, Beatty, McCleary, Campbell (Ireland)
  • Frederick, Rush (Loyalists from New Jersey)
  • Greenleaf (Bergen Co., New Jersey)
  • Marshall, O'Connell (Quebec)
...and possibly yours
maple leaf List the local surnames you are researching.
maple leaf Local family histories we have received. If you would like yours added, please remove any living relatives from the file, due to privacy concerns.

Port Hope and Hope Township resource materials
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maple leaf The following census (and related) materials are available for online searching:
  • Crown Deeds of Hope Township
  • Elias Smith's 1799 Hope Township report
  • Augustus Jones' 1799 Hope Township report
  • 1801-1806 Port Hope/Hope Township Oaths of Allegiance
  • 1802-1807 Hope Township tax assessment rolls indices
  • 1803-1841 Hope Township census indices
  • 1842-1847 Hope Township assessment rolls indices
  • 1847 Port Hope assessment roll index
  • 1850 Hope Township census returns
  • 1851-1921 census returns
  • 1856 Business Directory
  • 1857-1858 Business Directory
  • 1890 Financial Report of the Methodist Church, Canton Circuit
  • 1891 Financial Report of the Methodist Church, Canton Circuit
  • c1898 Port Hope Bell Telephone Directory
  • 1900 Port Hope Bell Telephone Directory
  • 1913 Port Hope assessment record
  • 1920 Hope Township voters' list (with a township map)

Vital statistics
maple leafupdated gif An index of some 32,500 local births, marriages, and deaths, as reported in the 1832-1991 Port Hope newspapers.
maple leaf 152 Port Hope/Hope Township marriages (1804-1854) from Reid's Marriage Notices of Ontario, Wilson's Ontario Marriage Notices, and Marriage Bonds in Ontario.
maple leaf 133 baptisms (1854-1884) from the registers of Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church (Port Hope)
The entire BMD (1853-1920) image set for the Church online has not been indexed, so researchers will need to go through them page by page. It will be necessary to open a free account with the LDS, at which point the above link will work.
maple leaf 148 baptisms (1875-1914) recorded in the Garden Hill Presbyterian Church register
maple leaf Port Hope/Hope Township extractions from four holdings in the Archive's extensive collection (#83-016), beginning with this listing of 273 births (1869-1872), taken from the United Counties of Northumberland and Durham Vital Statistics fonds and transcribed through the kindness of Bernadine Dodge, Trent University Archivist.
maple leaf 238 Port Hope/Hope Twp. marriages (1869-1872), transcribed from the United Counties of Northumberland and Durham Vital Statistics fonds (#83-016). Also included are several recently-discovered marriage entries in the 1825-1848 range.
maple leaf Extracts from the United Counties of Northumberland and Durham Vital Statistics Additions fonds - 1838-1855 (#84-004): baptismal records; marriage lists; and burial lists. The transcription maintains the original spelling - except where known errors have been corrected - so it would be advisable to manually check the database, in addition to using the search engine.
maple leaf 260 Port Hope/Hope Township inquests taken from the United Counties of Northumberland and Durham Court Records fonds - 1832-1914 (#84-020). As this transcription also maintains the original spelling, you should manually search the database.
An example of the inquest procedure is shown for Robert Best, who died of exposure in the northern section of Hope Township in 1867.
maple leaf Vital statistics transcribed from local family Bibles
maple leaf CemSearch—an online database of 400,000+ interments. Information is also provided about local cemeteries.
maple leaf A lot map for Zion United Church Cemetery (1839-1972), located in Hope Township on Con. 3, Lot 31
maple leaf 140 death/funeral notices from 1861-1916
maple leaf Local funeral home records dating from 1864
maple leaf Elizabeth Hancocks, of Generation Press, has given permission to list the Port Hope/Hope Township probate entries from her book, Surrogate Court Index of Ontario, Canada (1859-1900) Volume 4, Northumberland and Durham Counties.
maple leaf 1,400+ probates (1821-1997) of area residents

maple leaf 1st Regiment of the Durham Militia (15 Dec 1837)
maple leaf 1st-6th Durham Battalions of the Militia of Canada (1847)
maple leaf 1st Battalion of the Durham Regiment of Militia (1856)
maple leaf The Prince of Wales' Canadian Dragoons (c1857), an article prepared by Neil Dukas
maple leaf Royal Hospital Chelsea out-pensioners in the Toronto District (1859)
maple leaf Port Hope Light Infantry Volunteer Company (01 May 1866)
maple leaf Photograph of the 46th Battalion band at the Commons, southeast of the viaduct (1869)
maple leaf Photograph of the Fenian Raid veterans of the 46th Battalion of Port Hope (c1870)
maple leaf With the Midland Battn. during the North West Rebellion of 1885—a personal diary written by William E. Young
maple leaf An article from the 15 Nov 1935 Evening Guide, featuring a reprint of the 1915 Fenian Raid veterans' banquet
maple leaf Officers of the 136th Durham Overseas Battalion (15 May 1916)
maple leaf Decisions of the Appeal Tribunal in Port Hope and Hope Township cases (25 Jan 1918)
maple leaf Hope Township WWI soldiers (24 Dec 1918)
maple leafupdated gif Book of Remembrance: Local Participants in the Great War (1914-1918) This transcription of the original book (only two were made, both now in the Port Hope Archives' collection) includes photographs, on permanent display at the Town Hall, submitted by the families of those who lost their lives.
A page has been created for biographies/photos of the soldiers who survived the Great War or were omitted from the book for some reason.
maple leaf As a companion to the Book of Remembrance, 134 letters written at the WWI front and published in the local newspaper have been indexed. Many of these letters were used in the Port Hope Archives' 2007 reprint.
maple leaf Library and Archives Canada has completed the digitization of some 620,000 Canadian Expeditionary Force personnel service files (WWI).
maple leaf Library and Archives Canada has digitized the images from the Circumstances of Death Registers, World War I for those killed in action.
maple leaf Photos of Port Hope's WWII veterans, published in the 11 May 1945 issue of the Port Hope Evening Guide.

Ada Kemp, Nursing Sister

Miscellaneous historical
maple leaf Letters, diaries, and logs penned by residents of the Port Hope area, dating from 1819), including the 1890 log of Sylvan Glen Camp
maple leaf Port Hope hotels and their owners/operators over the years
maple leaf Early Council: the Chief Magistrates/Mayors of Port Hope from 1834 to the present day (a work in progress)
maple leaf By-Laws of the newly-formed Board of Police (1834)
maple leaf Port Hope in 1834, with map
maple leaf Daguerreotypists, ambrotypists, & photographers operating in Port Hope in the 1850s-1940s (a useful aid for identifying ancestral studio portraits)
maple leaf Port Hope harbour, as shown in an 1854 plan for the proposed Grand Trunk Railway, with links to an 1831 letter to the editor about the harbour conditions, and the 1846 projected harbour plans
maple leaf Louis Bertolotto of 1830s London, England, flea circus fame, buried in Port Hope's Union Cemetery
maple leaf 495 local citizens who emigrated from the area, mostly to the United States (1889)
maple leaf Port Hope Fire Brigade members (1891), with some history of the Brigade
maple leaf Portions of the Port Hope Model High School Register (1891-'92) and the complete Training Register (1884-1904) for those in teacher training. There's also a link to a report card from 1880.
maple leaf Hope Township School Section student Registers (1892, 1893, 1896 & 1897)
maple leaf Port Hope High School Commencement Exercises (15 Dec 1899), held at the Opera House
maple leaf Souvenir booklet produced for the 1901 Port Hope Old Boys Reunion, with thanks to Kit Kennard and the Port Hope Archives
maple leaf The Durham Lodge, No. 78, IOOF annual report, year ending 31 Dec 1907
maple leaf Community plays performed by Port Hope citizens: Little Snow White (1908); Fi-Fi of the Toy Shop (1915); The Minister's Bride (1917); The Minister's Wife's New Bonnet (1922); That's That (1929); Page the Prince (1930); A Royal Cut-Up (1930); and The Beauty Shop (1933)
maple leaf Local I.O.O.F. Decoration Day services (1918, 1921, 1923, 1926, and 1939)
maple leaf An interesting March 2000 article on the frequency of the number 13 in local house numbering, by noted Canadian medical author Robert E. Popham
Cover of Hope Township registers booklet

Sources of information
maple leaf The Port Hope Archives is located in the refurbished former County Registry Office at the foot of Walton Street.
maple leaf The Port Hope Public Library has a number of resources, including microfilms of the available newspapers. The Ancestry (Library Edition) programme can also be accessed at the library.
maple leaf features an extensive collection of photos and information gathered by the late local historian, Cal Clayton.
maple leaf Sites, including the Upper Canada Land Petitions, that we have found particularly useful for our own research.

While happy to search out and transcribe resources for this site, we do not have the time to fill requests for photocopies. If you are looking for information on families beyond what we have on these pages, please contact the Library or the Archives.
Please let us know if some link is not working. Happy searching...and good luck!
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Barbara Kyle & Peter Bolton, UE
Port Hope, Ontario, Canada
Peter and Barbara at the grave of Wm. George Lightle, France

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1930 logo from a newspaper advertisement For a unique experience
Port Hope’s Capitol Theatre, believed to have been the first atmospheric theatre built in Canada specifically for "talkies", is one of three still in operation. It opened on August 15, 1930, with the musical comedy film, Queen High, and, in November 2017, was given National Historic Site status. For more information on events, please click on the above logo.

Sergeant Lawrence Robb Batchelor in France (c1916) Website structural development by Lee R. Batchelor
Technical Writer - Port Hope, Ontario

Dedicated to the memory of my grandfather, Sergeant Lawrence Robb Batchelor, 17th Duke of York’s Canadian Hussars, who courageously fought and survived the Somme, Vimy Ridge, and Passchendaele. Did he spend a few moments with some of the Port Hope boys before engaging in one of those battles? I would like to think so.

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