The Township Papers (Archives of Ontario RG 1-58) are a large collection of documents that date from c.1783 to c.1870. The documents include copies of orders-in-council, location certificates and tickets, assignments, certificates of settlement duties, correspondence and some wills. The records are arranged by township, town, or village and, within each township, by concession and then lot number. When a document dealt specifically with a particular piece of property and did not appear to fit within another records series, it was placed within the Township Papers. Once you know the particular lot of land the settler was granted, it is worth looking at the Township Papers sinceĀ there may be information about the settler.
There are 540 reels of Township Papers with 528,000 pages of information, held by the Archives of Ontario. An index to these would be a tremendous resource for Ontario genealogists but it is a HUGE job. The best indexers would be people who know the township and have an interest in the people therein. Since most of the material is hand written, everything has to be proofed, i.e. two people have to read the whole file looking for names.
OGS is considering a project to index the Township Papers of Ontario. We will need a number of volunteers to do the work but first we need somebody to lead the Ontario Township Indexing Project. Are you up to the challenge? Would you like to be part of the team that brings these resources to light?
For more information or to offer your services, contact Mike More at: firstname.lastname@example.org.