Announcements of newly digitized archival materials are always a pleasant surprise. In November 2020 genealogy blogs active in Ontario publicized that Family Search had loaded the Township Papers ca 1783-1870 for the Province of Ontario held on reels of microfilm at the Archives of Ontario. These reels consist of a mélange of land-related documents not filed elsewhere. Archives of Ontario described them as follows:
… copies of orders-in-council; copies of location certificates and location tickets; copies of assignments; certificates verifying the completion of settlement duties; copies of receipt; copies of descriptions; and copies of patents; and copies of incoming correspondence.Township Papers – Archives of Ontario
My objective was to see what can be found about the Fleming families who pioneered in Derby Township, Grey County in the 1850s.
The papers are organized alphabetically by township. Access at Family Search is through these two links.
- https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/185567?availability=Family%20History%20Library (Abinger to Haldimand)
- https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/2759321?availability=Family%20History%20Library (Hallowell to Zorra)
We begin with Derby Township, identified on two lines on the image below. Click on the camera icon to view a gallery of images for the letters of that township organized by concession and lot.
UPDATE 12 April 2021 – I explored the Derby Township papers in late March. On preparing this blog post I found that townships from D to Haldimand had been dropped. This is probably a temporary glitch. Hopefully, your interest will be in one of the other townships.