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Hope Township resident Michael Szalawiga discovered the registers during 1970s’ renovations to the former residence of George Bertrum Henry Hamilton (1892-1959), Township School Board trustee. They had been laid under the kitchen linoleum in order to protect it from the underlying floorboards. Michael donated the papers to the Port Hope Archives in September 2013.

Each year’s register is in the handwriting of one person, apparently a summary of the student population of each of the eighteen school sections. While not complete, they are quite extensive, providing the student’s name, age, parent/guardian’s name, and concession and lot number for the years:
  • 1892: SS Nos. 1-17;
  • 1893: SS Nos. 1-9, 12-18;
  • 1896: SS Nos. 1-18; and
  • 1897: SS Nos. 1-5, 7-8, 10-16.
Given their fragile condition, my original goal was to simply transcribe the contents. Mary Jane Broughton, an Archives’ volunteer, then began the process of expanding the database by adding mothers’ and spouses’ names. My grandson, Peter Henry Andrews, also assisted in the research.
As there are a considerable number of spelling errors in the originals, efforts have been made to correct these wherever possible. A number of pages are torn, stained and/or faded, so we cross-referenced with other years, as well as utilizing the cemetery database (CemSearch), census returns, and vital statistics entries from the Ancestry web site.
Original register page
It should be noted that the additional sources used have not been cited in the database. Inevitably, there are errors on our part. Should you find entries that are incorrect, or would like a printed, spiral-bound copy of this publication, please contact the Port Hope Archives.

Peter and Barbara Bolton - Port Hope, Ontario
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