Online Publications

Elgin County, Ontario, Canada

Donated Online Publications

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Biographical Sketches of Some of the Residents of Elgin County – available online at

Civil War Union Soldier Aaron Ferguson writes a letter to his brother David in Malahide Township, Elgin County in 1864 – Images of actual letter and transcription by James McCallum. Images Courtesy of Aylmer-Malahide Museum & Archives.

Emigrants Letters from Elgin County to Scotland 1831 – 1851 – submitted by Colin Cruickshank, Alton, Hampshire, England.

Oldtimers, a poem of Port Bruce in about 1896 by Violet Reid Reavie – Transcribed and Edited by Bruce C. Johnson Jr.

Proof of William FOWLER of Texas as a son of John FOWLER of Gloucestershire England and North Yarmouth. FOWLER cousins exchange an 1869 letter and a portrait photograph – A researcher in Texas shares FOWLER cousins exchange of a letter and portrait photo taken by Allen Bros. of St. Thomas in 1869.

Descendants of Jacob Hendershott – homas Talbot and the War of 1812 – Methodists in Elgin County – Google Books

SPURGIN, William A. – Loyalist veteran of the Revolutionary War – Lead the retreat of Loyalist forces at the Battle of Kettle Creek – Upper Canada Land Petitions


“All Aboard” – The Importance of Railroads for the Growth of the Campbell-Stone Movement in the Mid 19th Century:  by Claude Cox

Bayham Richmond and Port Burwell Road Company 1854 by Robert G. Moore, member Elgin Branch OGS. (About 117 Bayham and other Elgin Co. settlers given in the stock book)

Ingersoll & Port Burwell Road Company 1849  by Robert G. Moore (About 200 Bayham Twp. and area names)

Tyrconnel Wharf and Harbour Co. 1853 & Dunwich Pier Co. 1861 – by Robert G. Moore (about 90 Dunwich Twp. and area names)

Union Road Company – Stockholder book – Indexed by Robert G. Moore, member Elgin Branch OGS. This included signatures of stockholders. Contact OGS for copies of the signatures


“The Scotch” by John Kenneth Galbraith of Dunwich – Some genealogical notes and Extractions from the book – Bruce C. Johnson Jr.


Nicholas Carter Brown of Malahide – Diary entries – Some Extractions of births, marriages, deaths and burials recorded in NCB Diary. He was a resident of Malahide and trustee of Dunboyne Cemetery. Compiled by Bruce C.Johnson Jr. and James McCallum


Aldrich Aylmer Dictionary 1888 – online at Google Books

Port Bruce Street Names – by Bruce C. Johnson Jr.

[The Surname Index to Armstrong’s 1872 Directory of Elgin County is in paper form at the Elgin OGS Library collection at the Belmont Library in Central Elgin as of 2017- DJ Browne June 1995]


A List of Published Genealogies of Elgin County Pioneer Families – Many of these are available online from the FHL

English Paupers Migrate to North America  by Jack Morter — Sources for the origins of James C. WATTS and James BRACKENBURY of North Walsham, Norfolk, England.

A family study – descendants of Jesse and Polly (Chase) Corless and David and Ann (Clark) Brooks : with connected families, Bailey, Charlton, Chase, Dexter, Harris, Hildreth, Luethe, Newell, Shain, Welch, Whaley, Woolleyby Corless, Lee M. (Lee Myron), 1905-; Corless, Mae E. (Mae Elizabeth Brinkman), 1907-

From Almondsbury to Aylmer: The Pearce Letters – A book on the Pearce Family of Jaffa area, Elgin County, Ontario by David Porter – Index of names

Leaving Ulster – For Good – Dr Robinson and Grandson – A book on Irish immigrant, Dr. Robinson and descendants to Elgin County, Ontario by David J Porter – Index of Names

Leaving Lincolnshire in Chains by David Porter. This book recounts the trial and conviction of a man transported to Australia for a petty crime, leaving his sons fatherless. Includes Elgin County settler names. – Index of Names

Pickering People by Davd Porter concerns migrants from Yorkshire with descendants who migrated and settled in Ontario. Includes Elgin County settler names. Index of Names

Malahide Families:  Genealogies of Pioneer Families Living on Concession 1 through Concession 4  – Genealogical Research of South Malahide Township  by James McCallum

Concession I pdf

Concession II pdf

Concession III pdf

Concession IV pdf

Stories of South Dorchester

The Family of John Johnson and Mary McLachlin of Malahide and their Mormon brother Edward Johnson

The Wideners in America


Aylmer: A Walk Through Time – Index of names – extracted and compiled by Donna Di Lello, 2018

By-laws of the Municipal Council of the District of London

Alma College St. Thomas, Ontario 1877 – 1977, Indexed by Donna Di Lello

Court Houses of a Century – Index of Names of Online History of the Elgin County Court Houses – Bruce C. Johnson Jr.

Duncombe – TYRRELL H. A. DUNCOMBE ( 1867 – 1945 ) – An early Elgin County Pharmacist, Entrepreneur and Inventor – by Michael Ball, March 2021

Elgin Notes in the Upper Canada Rebellion–  by Bruce C. Johnson Jr. – References to persons from Elgin County active in the 1837/1838 Upper Canada Rebellion.

Emigrants on the “Mars” to Aldborough Township (Immigrants in Aldborough from England )- A link to the “Mars” research by Alan Campbell and John Wright

Garrett Oakes, Tales of a Pioneer – Elgin County Library – Edited by George Thorman and Frank Clarke.

Historical Sketch of the Selkirk Settlers by Louisa Turner King of Southwold and St. Thomas (died at St. Thomas, 1912)

History of the Port Bruce Harbor Company by Capt. Thomas Thompson, compiled by Bruce C.Johnson Jr.

History of Malahide Masonic Lodge #140 – Aylmer – D. H. and D. F.

Index to Tweedsmuir History of Lyons, Ontario

Malahide United Church History  – 100th Anniversary 1910 – 2010 –   by James L. McCallum

McPhereson – Sutherland letters – Port Talbot and Selkirk settlement 1815-1840 – John McPHERESON mention of George McBEATH (McBETH) in 1840 letter to Red River Settlement. (From the Canadian Genealogist, 1983)

Old Port Bruce – Letters written by Levi Young with Introduction by his daughter Edna Young Johnson with Addendum by Ian Johnson

Port Bruce Harbor Company and Aylmer Plank or Gravelled Road Company 1853 and 1854 by Robert G. Moore – (About 134 Malahide and other Elgin Co. settlers given in the stock books)

Royal Salute at Port Bruce – 1761 – by Bruce C. Johnson Jr.

Scott / Sefton Negatives – Index – by Donna Di Lello

Sims’ 3 Volume History of Elgin Elgin County, Ontario-Index – Compiled by Jim McCallum. – Note: This is a very large file. Approx. 2.6 MB.

   YouTube discussion with Hugh Sims and George Thorman of early villages

Souvenir Booklet of the city of St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada – Index – by Donna Di Lello

Springfield School Reunion pdf – 1922-1976 – 30 July 2011

Spring Floods at Port Bruce – By Ian Johnson – A history of Freshets and Spring Floods at Port Bruce, Elgin, Ontario, Canada

St. Paul’s United Church History 1874-1974 (Aylmer) (index); by Jean Hunt. Indexed by Donna DiLello

St. Thomas:  100 Years a City 1881-1981, by Wayne Paddon, George Thorman, Don Cosens and Brian Sim; indexed by Donna Di Lello

St. Thomas Weekly Dispatch, 1853 -1855 – Dacres W. Hart, editor and publisher, An Index of the Editorials and selected Reports – Indexed by Paul Baldwin

The Talbot papers by Talbot, Thomas, 1771-1853Coyne, James H. (James Henry), 1849 Also on  Canadiana

Talbot Regime – Read the biography of Elgin County’s Col. Thomas Talbot by C. O. Ermatinger – Free Online

The History of Aylmer to 1900, by Kirk Barons, Indexed by Donna Di Lello

Thomas E. Lee – Port Bruce archeologist and explorer – Biography and sources

Tweedsmuir Histories- Clachan Community History – 6 pdfs at the Elgin County Archives containing numerous Local History essays.


British Home Children to Elgin County 1869-1949– Names pulled from Home Children data base

LAND and PROPERTY – Indexes

Compendium of Elgin County Ontario Sons and Daughters of UE Loyalists – links to to Upper Canada Land Petitions of early Elgin Settler descendant from UE Loyalists. – compiled by Bruce C. Johnson Jr.

Index to Tremaine’s 1864 Map of Elgin County, Canada West – Compiled by Robert Moore

Southwold Township Cattle Marks 1817-1857


1924 Cummins Rural Maps – A sample map of North and South Dorchester submitted by Fred Prong

Elgin County 1864 Tremaine Atlas – Online at the Ontario Historical Society

Elgin County Atlas Index – McGill University -Canadian County Atlas Digital Project Index


Elgin County names on the Insane Asylum Databases – Link to Michael Stephenson Insane Asylum Databases


Index of Articles about Port Bruce and Area: St. Thomas and Aylmer Newspapers, 1850s to 1948 – submitted to Elgin Archives by Ian Johnson

Thomas Hammond Articles – index and description


Dunwich School Attendance 1904 by Robert G. Moore

Index to “A Brief History of Secondary Education in St. Thomas”, by George Thorman; indexed by Donna DiLello

Talbotville School – by Morley Thomas


Assessment Rolls – 3 Township Assessment rolls 1841 to 1873


Index to the Records of the Elgin County House of Industry:  1876-1897    1897-1947


Wills & Probates in Land Registry Office Records


Alma College Yearbook – 1955 Alma Filian – PDF document of the 1955 Yearbook For Alma College, St. Thomas, Ontario

Garton Scrapbook – Scrapbook of Mary M. (DOAN) GARTON 1891 – 1919

Much more to come. Check back regularly.