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Huron County Ontario GenWebHuron County is located by Lake Huron, towards the western edge of the southwest corner of the province of Ontario. The county seat is Goderich.
Municipalities since 2001 are:
History of Huron County OntarioThe first white man to reach what is now Huron County, Ontario, was Etienne Brule, a young French explorer sent out from Quebec by Samuel de Champlain in 1610. Huron was the French name given to the tribe of Indians living in the upper end of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. The tribe called themselves Ouendats, and the area they occupied Ounedake.
What became the Huron Tract was not part of Ounedake. The tribe of Indians living in this region was known as the Attawandarons, or the Neutrals by the French.
After the fur wars ended the victorious Iroquois tribes moved into this territory. It was the Mohawk and Chippewa branches of this tribe whom the British eventually purchased the land from in the early 1800's.
Lacking sufficient knowledge about the history of the area, the British decided to keep the original French term Huron as the name of both the lake and the tract of land. This tract of Crown land remained unsettled for many years. It was not until the 1820's that a settlement campaign was developed by a group of British investors known as -The Canada Company. This company was started by a remarkable man, John Galt, a businessman, author and adventurer, who to this day is considered the founder of Huron County.
Exhibits at the Huron County Museum depict the early history of the Canada Company and the Huron Tract, highlighting famous individuals such as John Galt, "Tiger" Dunlop and Colonel Anthony Van Egmond. Other exhibits depict early pioneer life, agricultural heritage and military history. ...more about the History of Huron County
Huron County was part of Huron District in 1845. The townships within were:
South Easthope Township
North Easthope Township
..Map of the Townships
..Map of the Cities & Towns
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I am Lorine McGinnis Schulze, the new host of Huron County GenWeb. I don't live in Huron County but I have ancestors from there - my Shuart and Vollick families were early settlers.
Are you stuck on a genealogical brick-wall? Check out the AskOliveTree blog where you can submit your genealogy challenges and brickwalls to Lorine for help.
My thanks goes to the former host, Sharon Mulcaster, who did a fantastic job on this site for many years. Sharon allowed me to keep her data, and I've added more to help you find those elusive Huron County ancestors. I will keep adding data as I am able, but I can't do research for you as I don't live in Huron County.
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