This site was created in March 2000 with the hope of expanding our family research. In the process, we began transcribing available Port Hope and Hope Township historical resources. We hope you find something of value in these 250 pages.
In 2017, we were honoured to have the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) approach us to partner with them, ensuring our continued free future online presence. To visit their website, please click the OGS logo.
Barbara Kyle & Peter Bolton
- 08 December 2023: Added photograph of Nursing Sister Emma Frances Elliot
- 30 November 2023: Added illustration of Christopher Hotel
- 22 November 2023: Added illustration of Church's Hotel (1861)
- 17 November 2023: Addition of a booklet issued for the May 1973 annual meeting of the Midland Regiment Association
- 24 October 2023: Additions to the Providence Cemetery spreadsheet
- 12 September 2023: 2000-2009 death index to 13 February 2009 completed (when Guide publication ceased). This completes a 20-year project!
- 03 September 2023: With the current closure of the Port Hope Archives, George Sweanor's Military Contributions of a Small Town is available for downloading
I am hoping someone might lead me to the whereabouts of the Canada General Service Medal (hover over the sample on the right to enlarge) received by my great-grandfather,
Henry Skitch, a bugler with the 46th East Durham Battalion in the 1866 Fenian raids. His name is inscribed on the medal's rim. A long shot, but if I don't try...!
The first section below gives the lineages of our family, while the second is there for you to help discover and share information about members of your ancestors who may have lived in the area.
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- 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)
Port Hope and Hope Township resource materials
This section provides links to information about Port Hope and Hope Township. Before manually exploring the various sections, try using the following tools.
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2. Categorized index
This link provides you with a categorized index of all of the webpages on this site.
- 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
- 2008 Port Hope/Hope Township assessment rolls
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. You will need to open a free account with the LDS, at which point the above link will work.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A booklet prepared for the Annual Meeting of the Midland Regiment Association, held in Port Hope 05 May 1973. Many local members are listed, as well as a history of the Regiment and the service for that day.
Conflicts prior to the two world wars
World War I
Book of Remembrance: Local Participants in the Great War (1914-1918)
This transcription of the original 1919 book (only two copies were made) includes the photographs on permanent display at the Town Hall.
World War II and the Korean War
Pushing the Boundaries:
Canadian Women’s Experiences in World War II
Susan Rafuse has graciously given permission to present her 2004 Master of Arts thesis. In her words:
"This thesis contextualizes the use of oral narratives with the academic and popular literature written during World War II and since 1945. The work focuses upon the experiences of various [local] Canadian women during the war. The thesis illustrates how the circumstances of the war provided many women with new found opportunities which were created from the disruption and loosening of numerous social conventions which defined the gender order."
Tax assessment rolls provide a property's physical address, description, and year of building construction. With this information, one can research the history of a property using the land registry books (Crown grants to 1955) and deeds (1867-1955), housed at the Port Hope Archives.
Letters, diaries, and logs dating from 1819, penned by residents of the Port Hope area, including the 1890 log of Sylvan Glen Camp
A March 2000 inquiry into the frequency of the number 13 in Port Hope house addresses by noted Canadian medical author, Robert E. Popham. Click here to read a 13 October 2000 Evening Guide article about the investigation.
The Port Hope Archives is located in the refurbished former County Registry Office at the foot of Walton Street.
Note The Archives is closed indefinitely, pending amalgamation with the Northumberland County Archives & Museum (NCAM) at its new facility.
If you are looking for information beyond what we have on this site, you might try the sources listed above. Happy searching!
Barbara Kyle & Peter Bolton, UE
Port Hope, Ontario, Canada
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