Perth County Branch

Ontario Genealogical Society

24 St.Andrew Street Stratford ON
N5A 1A3
. perthcountyogs@gmail.com

RESEARCH & REFERENCE RESOURCES BY TOWNSHIP


  • DOWNIE TOWNSHIP RESOURCES

  • ASSESSMENT:
    -1836-1842-1848 microfilm available at Archives
    -1836-1842 available from Perth OGS $3.50 or $5.00 mail
    -1905-1976 hard copy available at Stratford Archives
    -1905 Alphabetical index available Perth OGS $1.50 or $3.00 mail

  • CEMETERIES:
    -Avonbank Line 16 Con 10 Lot 21
    -Burial records also available at Stratford Archives some are indexed
    -Avondale Cemetery all sections
    -Burial records on microfilm 18710-1923 also available in indexed volumes from Perth OGS see publication list for prices
    -Bethesda Sunday School Line 15 Con 12 Lot 6
    -Free Church Dunn's Bridge Line 32 Con 2 Lot 5
    -Kastnerville Line 34 Con 1 Lot 12
    -Methodist Dunn's Bridge Line 32 Con 3 Lot 5
    -Sebringville Line 34 Con 1 Lot 7
    *All cemeteries transcribed and available for research at Stratford Archives.
    *All transcriptions are also available for sale from Perth OGS. See publication list for prices.

  • CENSUS:
    -1842 Population Returns on microfilm at Stratford
    -Also available in paper from Perth OGS $3.50 and $5.00 by mail
    -1848 & 1850 Heads of Household microfilm available at Archives
    -1851-1901 microfilm at all branches of Archives
    -Alphabetical Index of Head of House & Spouse available Perth OGS see publication list for prices

  • CHURCH RECORDS:
    -1858-1869 Marriage Register Index available all branches
    -Original returns also on microfilm at Stratford Archives
    -1852-1859 BMD Perth Co. Index by D. Walker available all branches
    -1869-1873 Marriage Registrations Index by J. Stewart at all branches
    -Wesleyan Methodist Baptisms Vol 1-4 microfilm.*
    *Index available from Perth OGS. See publication list for prices of Index and 200pp publication.

  • Avonbank Church:
    -Presbyterian/United Burials 1846-1960
    -Baptisms 1901-1966 Marriages 1902-1929,1934-1980
    -Record of Burials 1850's-1860's
    -Congregational Minutes 1883-1903

  • Avonton Church:
    -Presbyterian Records 1946-1986
    -Minutes of Session 1848-1868
    -Women's Missionary & Ladies Aid

  • Motherwell Church:
    -Presbyterian/United Burials 1846-1960
    -Board Minutes 1952-1959

    *All records of above churches are photocopied and available at Stratford Archives

  • Sebringville Churches:
    -Emmanuel Evangelical:
    Marriage Register 1859-1879, 1886, 1896-1975, 1900-1947
    Sunday School Minutes 1874-1942 Mission Band 1894-1896,1897-1905
    Register 1872-1877
    Quarterly Conference 1869-1921,1852-1868,1945-1963
    Circuit Register 1882-1959, Births & Minutes 1897-1938
    90th Anniversary Pamphlet 1840-1930
    Administrative Council 1939-1959, 1960-1963
    Women's Christian Union 1896-1902,1903-1917
    Ladies' Aid 1936-1943
    -Trinity Anglican:
    Marriages 1896-1942 Parish Register 1926-1989
    Various Records 1909-1924 Several Ladies' Aid Books
    Vestry Meetings 1918-1951,1952-1965,1990-1997

    *All records photocopied and available at Stratford Archives

  • ONTARIO VITAL STATISTICS:
    -Indexes only available at Stratford & Listowel Archives on microfilm as follows:
    Births 1914 Marriages 1929 Deaths 1939

  • HISTORY BOOKS:
    -Downie Township History Book "MEMORIES OF DOWNIE"
    A two volume set for $95.Cdn + $20. S&H. Payment to "Township of Perth South" c/o Marion Ready, R.R. #7, St.Marys, ON. N4X 1C9
    -History of Perth County 1825-1902 (out of print)
    -History of Perth County to 1967 $20. available at Stratford Archives
    -A Place Called Motherwell (out of print)
    -Downie by Vera McNichol ( out of print)
    -Perth County 1879 Historical Atlas ( out of print)
    -Perth County 1982 Atlas $80.00 available at Stratford Archives
    -Paths of History in Perth & Huron ( out of print)
    -History of Sebringville ( out of print)

    *All out of print reference books available at The Stratford Archives for research

  • NEWSPAPERS:
    -Stratford Weekly Beacon 1855-1890's microfilm
    -Weekly Herald 1855-1890's microfilm
    -Stratford Times 1876-1894 microfilm
    -Daily Beacon 1887-1923 microfilm
    -Daily Herald 1887-1923 microfilm
    -Stratford Beacon Herald 1923-1999 microfilm
    -St. Marys Argus 1857-1999 microfilm
    -St. Marys Journal 1895-1920 microfilm
    -St. Marys Journal Argus 1920-1930 microfilm

    *All newspapers available only up to 1930 at Stratford Archives.
    Beacon and Herald indexed to 1890's.
    No index at Stratford presently for St. Marys Journal and Argus.
    -Bur-Mor Publications has some indexes for pre-1900 Stratford papers at all Archives branches.
    -Clipping files for Stratford & St. Marys papers are available in Stratford for recent years.
    -Over 500 family histories are available in Stratford for local families.

  • TOWNSHIP PAPERS:
    -Downie Twsp papers are on microfilm ONLY at the Stratford Archives. They are Indexed by name and available through the Publications page.

  • TWEEDSMUIR HISTORY BOOKS:
    -Avonton W .I .on microfilm some originals 1924-1989 at Stratford Archives.
    -Avonbank W. I .on microfilm
    -South Perth W.I. on microfilm
    -Sebringville W.I. scrapbooks in hard copy at Stratford Archives
    -St. Pauls W.I. minutes at Stratford Archives
    -Motherwell W.I. microfilm also Families of Motherwell

    *Most Tweedsmuir and Women's Institutes Minutes are on microfilm at Stratford Archives
    Tweedsmuir books usually include members submissions of their farm histories in brief.

    Stratford Perth Archives
    24 St. Andrew St.,
    Stratford ON
    N5A 1A3
    519-271-0531 x252

    THE HOURS OUR LIBRARY IS AVAILABLE FOR RESEARCHING IS THE SAME AS FOR THE STRATFORD-PERTH ARCHIVES

    Summer Hours
    April 4, 2011 - September 30, 2011
    Monday thru Saturday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
    Note: Closed 12 -1 on Saturdays

    Winter Hours
    October 3, 2011 - March 30, 2012
    Monday thru Friday: 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    Saturday by appointment

    Weekday mornings including Saturdays and Wednesdays 4:30 pm 8:00 pm available by appointment

    A research fee of $5.00 daily or $20. yearly in effect for non-Perth County residents and is valid in all three branches.
    Keep watching for future updates on Downie resources

    The Branch is indebted to a past Chair, Lynda Greve, for her painstaking work, in assembling ALL of these references by Township. May we suggest that you use these by printing the page that can then be used as a check list in your research.

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    Revised 8th August 2011