Peterborough County Genealogy
Townships and Villages

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In the development of Ontario, townships have been reasonably fixed, but Districts and Counties have often changed. A complete list of the townships of Ontario are contained in: Gartner,ME; Prong,CF - Index of Ontario Townships

Information on the surveying of townships and the development of districts and counties is in: Dean, WG; Matthews, GJ - Economic Atlas of Ontario - UofT Press (1969), particularly Plates 98 and 99.

Much of this information comes from RG19-20-1 at OA, a collection of documents concerning the legal existence of townships and municipalities. It seems that pre 1850 there were few laws passed affecting the legal existence of townships, with the result that it is difficult to determine the early history. An attempt was made in 1937 by the Ontario government to gather data from the townships but a lot of it came back “unknown” or “based on the memories of our oldest inhabitants”.

Anstruther Township
Asphodel Township
Asphodel-Norwood Township
Belmont Township
Belmont-Methuen Township
Burleigh Township
Burleigh-Anstruther Township
Burleigh-Anstruther-Chandos Township
Cavendish Township
Chandos Township
Douro Township
Dummer Township
Ennismore Township
Galway Township
Galway-Cavendish Township
Harvey Township
Havelock Village
Lakefield Village
Methuen Township
North Monaghan Township
Norwood Village
Otonabee Township
Peterborough City
Smith Township
Smith-Harvey Township