Huron County Ontario GenWeb
Canada GenWeb         Ontario GenWeb
Welcome to Huron County
Ontario GenWeb

Have you hit a brick wall with your Huron County ancestors? Search for your family origins on Huron County GenWeb. I hope this site will help you find that brick-wall ancestor. Another great place to start is the AskOliveTree blog where you can submit your genealogy challenges and brickwalls to Lorine for help.
Read about COMPLETE Canadian Census 1851-1916 Online
Huron County Home | Huron County Queries | Huron County Libraries & Archives | Huron County Maps | Huron County History & Timeline | Huron County Resources | Huron County Site Map | Huron County Links


2 Thumbs Up
To Library & Archives Canada for putting digitized images and an index online for Soldiers of the South African War 1899 - 1902
Tip of the Month
25 Most Popular Genealogy Blogs 2009
Huron County Records
Cemetery Records
Census Records
Church Records
Court Records
Home Children
Land Records
Military Records
Orders in Council
Archived Queries
Settlers & Biographies
Township Records
Vital Stats (Births, Marriages, Deaths)
Featured Genealogy
WALLACE, DEAN, MITCHELL, JOHNSTON Family Album of Bruce & Huron County, Ontario Surnames include Wallace, Dean, Mitchell, Johnston. Locations include Lucknow, Ripley, Kincardine, Bruce Co., Goderich, Huron Co., Clinton, Orangeville, Marquette Michigan
Criminal Assize Clerk criminal indictment files, 1853-1929 (210 Huron County names)
Quick Links
Find census records and build your family treeCensus Records Canada
Find naturalization records and build your family treeNaturalization Records Canada
Find naturalization records and build your family treeAncestors At Rest Death Records
Find surnames, ancestors and build your family tree Past Voices: Letters Home
Find surnames, ancestors and build your family treeOlive Tree Genealogy
Genealogy Blog Feeds
Genealogy Blogs
Olive Tree Genealogy Genealogy updates of free records online and tips for finding those elusive brick-wall ancestors
Ask Olive Tree! Submit your genealogy questions to Ask Olive Tree. One question answered each day on (Chosen as BEST NEW GENEALOGY BLOG for 2009)
The Paper Trail Eclectic mix of old documents - you may just find an ancestor's will, land record or general store receipt here!
Past Voices Letters, letters and more letters! Letters from Civil War soldiers, from wives to husbands, sons to mothers, sisters to sisters...
Ancestors at Rest - The blog for website. Contains death records of all kinds - funeral cards, death notices, cemetery receipts, obits...and more
Family Bibles - Another blog of Family Bible entries and pictures of the births, marriages and death pages
Antique Hunter - If you like antiques or collectibles, this brand-new blog will be one you don't want to miss!


Huron County Ontario GenWeb

Huron County is located by Lake Huron, towards the western edge of the southwest corner of the province of Ontario. The county seat is Goderich.

Municipalities since 2001 are:
  • Township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh
  • Municipality of Bluewater
  • Municipality of Central Huron
  • Town of Goderich
  • Township of Howick
  • Municipality of Huron East
  • Municipality of Morris-Turnberry
  • Township of North Huron
  • Municipality of South Huron

History of Huron County Ontario

The first white man to reach what is now Huron County, Ontario, was Etienne Brule, a young French explorer sent out from Quebec by Samuel de Champlain in 1610. Huron was the French name given to the tribe of Indians living in the upper end of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. The tribe called themselves Ouendats, and the area they occupied Ounedake.

What became the Huron Tract was not part of Ounedake. The tribe of Indians living in this region was known as the Attawandarons, or the Neutrals by the French.

After the fur wars ended the victorious Iroquois tribes moved into this territory. It was the Mohawk and Chippewa branches of this tribe whom the British eventually purchased the land from in the early 1800's.

Lacking sufficient knowledge about the history of the area, the British decided to keep the original French term Huron as the name of both the lake and the tract of land. This tract of Crown land remained unsettled for many years. It was not until the 1820's that a settlement campaign was developed by a group of British investors known as -The Canada Company. This company was started by a remarkable man, John Galt, a businessman, author and adventurer, who to this day is considered the founder of Huron County.

Exhibits at the Huron County Museum depict the early history of the Canada Company and the Huron Tract, highlighting famous individuals such as John Galt, "Tiger" Dunlop and Colonel Anthony Van Egmond. Other exhibits depict early pioneer life, agricultural heritage and military history. ...more about the History of Huron County

Huron County Townships

Wawanosh E.
Wawanosh W.

Huron County was part of Huron District in 1845. The townships within were:
Ashfield Township
Bidulph Township
Blanchard Township
Colborne Township
Downie Township
Ellice Township
South Easthope Township
North Easthope Township
Fullarton Township
Gopderich Township
Hibbert Township
Hay Township
Hullet Township
Logan Township
McKillip Township
McGillivray Township
Stephen Township
Stanley Township
Tuckersmith Township
Usborne Township
Wawanosh Township

In 1846 according to Smith's Canadian Gazetteer ....... by WM. H. Smith 1846, Huron District was comprised only of Huron County, and all the townships except Ashfield and Wawanosh were formed from the Huron Tract. The Huron Tract was purchased in 1827 and declared a District in 1842. Before that time it had been part of the London District

..Map of the Townships



..Map of the Cities & Towns

You are visitor since July 6, 2004

Important Note: Ontario GenWeb operates as a free service, but you may find links to websites or organizations which charge a fee. These organizations are not financially associated with the GenWeb project, and I have marked them with a $

I am Lorine McGinnis Schulze, the new host of Huron County GenWeb. I don't live in Huron County but I have ancestors from there - my Shuart and Vollick families were early settlers.

Are you stuck on a genealogical brick-wall? Check out the AskOliveTree blog where you can submit your genealogy challenges and brickwalls to Lorine for help.

My thanks goes to the former host, Sharon Mulcaster, who did a fantastic job on this site for many years. Sharon allowed me to keep her data, and I've added more to help you find those elusive Huron County ancestors. I will keep adding data as I am able, but I can't do research for you as I don't live in Huron County.

We have a Lookup page where you can request a lookup or two. Please be sure to check out the invaluable Resource Guides and online databases on this site. Use the side bar menus or the menu at the top of every page to navigate.


Contact Huron County GenWeb Host. My email address is Repalce AT with @ before you send your message. If you're ready, click here to send email

URL:           All rights reserved        Privacy Policy
Copyright 2004-present These pages may be freely linked to but not duplicated in any fashion without my written consent