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Historical County Atlases

Section of an Old Map

These microfilm reels contain atlases of southern Ontario published primarily in the late 1870's (exceptions are noted below). Two types of atlases are included:

  • County atlases documenting a single county or adjacent counties.
  • Dominion of Canada atlases containing a supplement of specific counties.

Each atlas contains histories and detailed maps of the county, townships and towns. The township maps show major physical features, concessions and lots, roads, rail lines, settlements, and post offices. Maps of the larger communities are often included, showing the street layouts and urban lots. With the County atlases, the names of the occupants, not the landowners, are recorded on each lot. In the Dominion atlases, only the names of the subscribers are recorded. Prominent residents often paid to have biographical sketches, portraits, and illustrations of their residences and business included in the atlases.

Click on the appropriate county in the list below to identify the reel of microfilm you need.

To view the microfilm you may:

  • Consult the appropriate reel of B 34 microfilm at our reading room on the ground floor, 134 Ian Macdonald Blvd., Toronto.
  • Borrow the reel you need through the Interlibrary Loan Department of your public library. Quote B 34 and the appropriate reel #. These reels cannot leave the borrowing library, so make sure to request them from a library that has a microfilm reader.

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