1) Old Parochial Registers (OPR)

The old parochial registers record births/baptisms, marriages and deaths before 1855 in Scotland, and the extant births/baptisms and marriages are comprehensively indexed. The old parochial registers are the records of the Established Church of Scotland kept in each parish; while some date from the 1500s, others do not begin until the 1800s, many are badly kept and many have substantial gaps. As their use was not compulsory, many people chose not to record; members of Roman Catholic, Episcopalian and Seceder Congregations very seldom did so, and their records are consulted where available. All the old parochial registers are now in the custody of the Registrar General in Edinburgh.

2) Scotland Censuses

The first detailed Census of Scotland was taken in 1841;  it gives: name, age to within five years, occupations and shows whether or not a person was born in the county of current residence.  The following Censuses, taken at ten year intervals, give exact age and, additionally, relationships to the head of the household and the parish of birth.  Comprehensive indexes of persons are now available for all these censuses up to 1911.  The 1911 Census is the latest open to public access.

3) Canadian Censuses


4) Pre-1855 Monumental Inscriptions

Published in 1969 by the Scottish Genealogy Society

 5) Northern Advance Newspaper

Article in the Northern Advance newspaper from Ontario, Canada

 6) The Ships List

TheShipsList website, online since August 1999, will help you find your ancestors on ships’ passenger lists.We also have immigration reports, newspaper records, shipwreck information, ship pictures, ship descriptions, shipping-line fleet lists and more; as well as hundreds of passenger lists to Canada, USA, Australia and even some for South Africa.

7) Kith n’ Kin

Kith n’ Kin: Reminiscenses [sic], biographies, genealogies, photographs, featuring Oro Township pioneer families by Joanna McEwan.  Printed by the Dyment-Stubley Printers in Orillia.


8) Family History

Family history information passed down from family member, but not necessarily confirmed with other sources.

9) Medonte: A Township Remembered

Compiled by Mary Garbatt

10) The History of Simcoe County, by Andrew F. Hunter

Appendix of settlers before 1837 found here:

11) Orillia Gazetteer and Directory 1866-7


12) Orillia Council Minutes

Archived on Microfilm at the Simcoe County Archives

13) Orillia Times

Article in the Orillia Times Newspaper

14) United States Federal Census

On-line here:

15) Orillia Packet and Times

Article in the Orillia Packet and Times Newspaper

16) Orillia Expositor

Article in the Orillia Expositor Newspaper


 17) Family Notices

Notices of family members births/marriages/deaths from family archives


18) Anglican Diocese of Toronto Archives

 135 Adelaide Street East, Toronto, Ontario 1-800-668-8932 x219

19) Headstone

Information taken from the headstone

 20) Birth/Marriage/Death Certificates


21) Military Records


22) Certificates and Diplomas


23) Resumes and C.V’s