One of the major accomplishments of the Simcoe County Branch is the Settlers Database (formerly the Settlers Surname Index Project). This ongoing project by many volunteers has provided an online index of settlers as recorded in a number of resources. The project initially began as a database to keep track of the Settlers Forms. This has been updated to include indexes from Pedigree Charts, Family Group Sheets, a number of cemetery transcriptions, the index for the 1861 Census transcription and the index for the 1891 Census transcription. There are now over 273,000 names in the Settlers Database.
What do you do when you find an ancestor?
The Settlers Database is a genealogical tool to help you find references to your ancestor in Simcoe County. Once you search the database and find an entry that you are interested in, refer to the Publications -> How To Place an Order page to find out how you can obtain the source citation for the entry/entries that you are interested in. In some cases this information may be a reference or pointer to where the information may be obtained, such as probate records to find a will. In other instances, this information may contain details about your ancestor and perhaps contact information to make a connection.
How can you contribute information about your own Simcoe County ancestor?
If you are interested in contributing information about your earliest Simcoe County Ancestor, refer to the Projects -> Settlers Forms page to obtain a set of forms to complete and return to the Simcoe County Branch, OGS. Details about the project can be found on the Projects -> Settlers Database Project web page.
Questions? Feel free to contact the Branch Chair for assistance.
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Simcoe County Branch, OGS
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