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Grey County
This area of Ontario is covered by Grey County GenWeb. The information presented below is merely an outline of the county and does not include what is available for genealogical research for this area. For information on genealogical research of this area please visit Grey County GenWeb.

"The original inhabitants of Grey County were Algonkian, Petun, and Cheveux Relevés Indians. In 1640 invading Iroquois bands wiped out these tribes. However, the Algonkian Ojibwa Indians took control of the area later, and were living in the territory when the first white settlers arrived."2

In 1817 and 1857 treaties were signed for rights to the land originally owned by the Indians.

Grey County was surveyed in 1833 and 1857 and established in 1852. It was named for Earl Grey, a British Colonial Secretary.

The first settlers arrived in 1834. "Most of the pioneers were Canadian-born. Later a group of immigrants from the British Isles, and a small number of German immigrants (in Normanby Township) joined the settlers."2

"Population 13,200 in 1852 and 72,881 in 1980."3

Grey County is located in South-Eastern Ontario.

  • Prior to 1852 - Simcoe County


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    1 Lovell's Gazetteer of British North America 1873
    2 Places In Ontario by Nick & Helma Mika, 1977
    3 Place Names of Ontario by Floreen Carter, 1984

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