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Port Hope, Ontario
A  Living  Past
Ontario Genealogical Society We created this site in March 2000 with the hope of expanding our own family research, and, in the process, discovered a wealth of Port Hope/Hope Township resources. 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

  • 01 April 2021: 1994 BMDs completed to the end of February (39 entries)
  • 27 March 2021: 1983-1993 BMDs completed to the end of December (2,442 entries)
  • 24 March 2021: a few new entries in the 1931-1982 marriage indexes
  • 09 March 2021: Municipal property information: tax assessment rolls & land registry documents
  • 28 February 2021: George Sweanor's Military Contributions of a Small Town (read-only)
  • 08 February 2021: added 3 "missing" WWI WWI soldiers: John Samuel Brown, Charles Laidlaw Anderson, & Joseph Harold Middlebrook
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Our family
maple leaf We are hoping that relatives will browse through these family 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)
Perhaps your family
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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, 1842-1847 Hope Township tax assessment rolls
  • 1803-1841, 1850 Hope Township census indexes
  • 1847, 1913 Port Hope assessment rolls
  • 1851-1921 Port Hope/Hope Township census returns
  • 1856, 1857/'58 business directories
  • 1890, 1891 financial reports of the Methodist Church, Canton Circuit
  • c1898, 1900 Port Hope Bell Telephone directories
  • 1920 Hope Township voters list
  • 1867-1955 land registry instruments indexes
  • 2008 Port Hope/Hope Township assessment rolls

Vital statistics
maple leafupdated gif An index of some 32,500 local births, marriages, and deaths, as reported in the 1832-1993 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 Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church (Port Hope) registers
The entire BMD (1853-1920) image set for the Church online has not been indexed, so you will need to go through them page by page. Open a free account with the LDS, at which point the above link will work.
maple leaf 148 baptisms (1875-1914) from the Garden Hill Presbyterian Church register
maple leaf Port Hope/Hope Township extractions from Trent University Archive's extensive collection (#83-016), beginning with this listing of 273 births (1869-1872) from the United Counties of Northumberland and Durham Vital Statistics fonds and transcribed through the kindness of Archivist Bernadine Dodge.
maple leaf 238 Port Hope/Hope Twp. marriages (1869-1872) from the United Counties of Northumberland and Durham Vital Statistics fonds (#83-016). 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 from the United Counties of Northumberland and Durham Court Records fonds - 1832-1914 (#84-020). This transcription also maintains the original spelling, so you should manually search the database.
Examples of the inquest procedure are shown for Robert Best, who died of exposure in the northern section of Hope Township in 1867, and for James McCabe, a Kingston Penitentiary escapee, shot in Port Hope by Constable William Rankin in 1883.
maple leaf Vital statistics from local family Bibles
maple leaf CemSearch—an online database of 400,000+ interments. Information is also provided about local cemeteries.
maple leaf Lot map for Zion United Church Cemetery (1839-1972) located in Hope Township on Con. 3, Lot 31
maple leafupdated gif 142 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 Surrogate Court Index of Ontario (1859-1900) Volume 4, Northumberland and Durham Counties.
maple leaf 1,400+ probates (1821-1997) of area residents

Conflicts prior to the two world wars
maple leafnew gif George's Sweanor's Military Contributions of a Small Town, honouring over 2,200 Port Hope veterans of all our nation's conflicts
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 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—William E. Young's personal diary
maple leaf From the 15 Nov 1935 Evening Guide, featuring a reprint of the 1915 Fenian Raid veterans' banquet

World War I
maple leaf Officers of the 136th Durham Overseas Battalion (15 May 1916) Ada Kemp, Nursing Sister
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 includes photographs on permanent display at the Town Hall.
updated gif A page of biographies and/or photos of the soldiers who survived the Great War or were omitted from the book for some reason.
maple leaf 134 letters written at the WWI front and published in the local newspaper. Many of these letters are included in the Port Hope Archives' 2007 reprint of the Book of Remembrance.
maple leaf Library and Archives Canada's digitization of 620,000+ Canadian Expeditionary Force WWI personnel service files
maple leaf Library and Archives Canada's digitization of the images from the Circumstances of Death Registers for World War I soldiers. The records for Sims-Z have not survived

World War II and the Korean War
maple leafupdated gif Biographies and/or photos of the WWII and Korean War soldiers whose names are inscribed on the Port Hope Cenotaph Port Hope Evening Guide.
maple leaf Service Files of the Second World War - War Dead, 1939-1947 at Library and Archives Canada
maple leaf Photos of Port Hope's WWII veterans, published in the Evening Guide's 11 May 1945 issue

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 Port Hope's daguerreotypists, ambrotypists, & photographers 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 emigrants, 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 leafupdated gif 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); Princess Chrysanthemum (1928); 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 A March 2000 article on the frequency of the number 13 in Port Hope house addresses by noted Canadian medical author, Robert E. Popham

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 useful for 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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Port Hope, Ontario, Canada
Peter and Barbara at the grave of  William George Lightle, France

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Captain Lawrence Robb Batchelor in France, shown here as a Sergeant (c1916) Website structural development by Lee R. Batchelor
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