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Bell Corners Rifle Company of the Carlton Blazer c.1866
Bell Corners Rifle Company of the Carlton Blazer c.1866
 
 
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Carleton County: History and Chronology
Carleton County: History and Chronology

  • Prior to the establishment of the county form of local government in 1849-50, Carleton existed only for land location. The area that became Carleton County was considered to be in the Johnstown District of Upper Canada (1798-1822), the Bathurst District (1822-1838), and in the Dalhousie District of Upper Canada/Canada West (1838-1849). Upper Canada became Canada West in 1841. See FamilySearch site for history description of places in Carleton County.

  • Carleton County was created in 1800. Click for history description of townships.

  • Click for a 1879 Belden map view of Carleton County.

  • Visit Carleton County Pioneer History for an extensive historical collection of Carleton County.



 
 
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City of Ottawa History: History and Chronology
City of Ottawa History: History and Chronology

  • Bytown is the former name of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada's capital city. It was founded on September 26, 1826, incorporated as a town on January 1, 1850,[1] and superseded by the incorporation of the City of Ottawa on January 1, 1855. Read more...



 
 
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Grenville County History: Place name description
Grenville County History: Place name description
See history description for Grenville County prepared by the Grenville County Historical Society. Also, a Grenville County Map shows concessions and lot lines for Grenville County. 
 
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Irish History: Abraham Hughes father of Robert Hughes of Ely House, Wexford County, Ireland
Irish History: Abraham Hughes father of Robert Hughes of Ely House, Wexford County, Ireland
Abraham Hughes history from publication titled "Encyclopædia of Heraldry, Or General Armory of England, Scotland and Ireland, By John Burke, Sir John Bernard Burke 
 
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Irish History: An account of Frederick Hughes son of Robert Hughes of Ely House, Wexford County, Ireland
Irish History: An account of Frederick Hughes son of Robert Hughes of Ely House, Wexford County, Ireland
An account of Frederick Hughes from THE PEERAGE, BARONETAGE, AND KNIGHTAGE, OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND, FOR 1860, 
 
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Irish History: Griffith's Valuation
Irish History: Griffith's Valuation
In the process of constructing a country-wide tax base, Sir Richard Griffith conducted three property valuations between 1830 and 1864. Since the fire of 1922, the two valuations undertaken in 1846 and 1852 are frequently described in genealogical literature as "a census substitute" for the years between the onset of the Great Famine and 1864. Although extensive in their listing of names, they are not the customary census enumeration of family members living in a household.
It is very important to be aware of the precision of the Valuation’s terminology, for example, “immediate lessor” simply means the person from whom the occupier named in the adjoining column was leasing the property. The word “immediate” is used because long chains of letting and subletting were common. In fact, it was more usual for the immediate lessor to be a middle-man of some sort that the outright owner of the property. So “immediate lessor” is not the same as landlord. Other terms sometimes used in this column are:
- "Reps of," an abbreviation for “Representatives of”, indicating that the individual named was dead at the time of the valuation and his or her legal interest in the holding was being represented by a family member or by an executor;
- “in Chancery”, meaning that the property is the subject of a legal dispute;
- “in fee”, meaning that the occupier is also the legal owner of the property;
- “free”, meaning that the occupier has no lessor, but no formal legal title, in effect squatting.

See also http://www.irishabroad.com/yourroots/expert/landrecords.asp
 
 
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Irish History: Map of Ballylusk Townland, Wexford County, Ireland c.1840
Irish History: Map of Ballylusk Townland, Wexford County, Ireland c.1840
Map of Townland Ballylusk, Wexford County, Ireland c.1840, where George Sparks (of Ballylusk) leased his farmland. 
 
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Irish History: Robert Hughes of Ely House husband of Jane Sparks of Crosshue, Wexford County Ireland
Irish History: Robert Hughes of Ely House husband of Jane Sparks of Crosshue, Wexford County Ireland
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Ottawa History: Map of Ottawa 1901
Ottawa History: Map of Ottawa 1901
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Owens Family History
Owens Family History
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=148409424&ref=acom 
 
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Province of Ontario: History and Chronology
Province of Ontario: History and Chronology

  • Upper Canada, the predecessor of modern Province of Ontario, was created in 1791 by the division of the old colony of Quebec into Lower Canada in the east and Upper Canada in the west. Read more...

  • The Province of Upper Canada was part of British Canada established in 1791 by the United Kingdom to govern the central third of the lands in British North America, accommodating Loyalist refugees of the United States after the American Revolution. For 50 years, the new province remained the colonial government of the territory. Upper Canada existed from 26 December 1791 to 10 February 1841 and generally comprised present-day Southern Ontario. The "upper" prefix in the name reflects its geographic position being closer to the headwaters of the Saint Lawrence River than that of Lower Canada (or present-day Quebec) to the northeast. On 10 February 1841 Upper Canada's short history came to an end and the colony united with the largely French-speaking Lower Canada to form the new Province of Canada until 1867 when it became known as the Province of Ontario.Read more...

  • Ontario came into being as a province of Canada in 1867 but historians use the term to cover its entire history. Read more for a timeline of Ontario history.