York County GenWeb: Townships & Towns

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Townships & Towns

Aurora

Aurora was once part of Whitchurch Township, now the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville. It also overlaps a bit into the Township of King. Aurora now comprises its own district. If you're looking through records that are filed according to township, it's Whitchurch that you want, but don't forget to try King if you cannot find what you're looking for in Whitchurch. Aurora didn't officially separate from Whitchurch until the early 1970s.

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East Gwillimbury

In some records, the town of Newmarket was part of East Gwillimbury. Because of border changes, you may also need to check the township of Whitchurch.

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East York

Is still a borough, not a city. Includes Leaside.

See ‘Metropolitan Toronto’

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Etobicoke

Pronounced Etobico (silent K). Originally a township, Etobicoke became a borough in 1967 and a city in 1983. Includes Islington, Rexdale, Thistledown, Long Branch, Mimico.

See ‘Metropolitan Toronto’

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Georgina

The Town of Georgina consists of the former townships of Georgina and North Gwillimbury.

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King

King township includes the villages of King City, Nobleton, Schomberg, Lloydtown, Laskay, and Pottageville.

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Metropolitan Toronto

Originally named York its nickname was “Muddy York”. Present-day Metropolitan Toronto, or "Metro Toronto," or "T.O." for short (these are all modern nicknames, not historical ones), includes City of Toronto, City of York, Borough of East York, City of North York, City of Scarborough, City of Etobicoke, and the former Township of York.

The Metropolis has also has absorbed Parkdale, Riverdale, Swansea, Forrest Hills, Bracondale, Seaton Village, Yorkville, Deer Park, Davisville, Eglinton, Leslieville, Norway, Riverside, Todmorden, Doncaster, and Chester.

There is also a Toronto township in Peel County. So be certain that what you are after is actually the city of Toronto and not the township. Here's one clue: the City of Toronto was called York until 1834. So if your reference to Toronto is before 1834, you want Toronto township in Peel county. Even after 1834, there may still be some confusion.

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Newmarket

Newmarket used to be part of Whitchurch Township, and later the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville. It also is sometimes grouped with East Gwillimbury Township. It is now politicially separate, but early records which are filed by township will show it as part of one of those two townships. Newmarket even includes a sliver of what was King Township.

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North Gwillimbury

North Gwillimbury township does not exist today. Most of what was North Gwillimbury is now part of the Town of Georgina. North Gwillimbury was originally part of Georgina, until 1826, when they were separated. They were reunited in 1971.

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North York

Originally a township, North York became a borough in 1967 and a city in 1979.

See ‘Metropolitan Toronto’

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Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill was formed from parts of the townships of King, Vaughan, Whitchurch and Markham. There is also the Village of Richmond Hill. So, when you are trying to find records you may have to check under all of these districts. If you can find on a map where the place is, that will give you a clue which area to look under.

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Scarborough

In the past also spelled Scarboro. Was the Township of Scarborough from 1850-1953. Became a borough in 1953 and a city in 1983. Includes West Hill and Agincourt.

See ‘Metropolitan Toronto’

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Vaughan

Includes Kleinburg, Maple, Thornhill, and Woodbridge

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Whitchurch-Stouffille

Whitchurch township and the city of Stouffville are, in older records, separate. They were amalgamated in the early 1970s. Whitchurch township also originally included the town of Aurora and part of the town of Newmarket, which have now been separated from it. Early records will be listed only under "Whitchurch township."

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York

Originally a township, York became a borough in 1966 and a city in 1983. Includes Weston.

See ‘Metropolitan Toronto’

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Last updated: 2009