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Ontario Lands and Deeds:

Land Registry records for Thunder Bay OGS area.

Thunder Bay Land Registry Office #55

189 Red River Road, 2nd Floor, P.O. Box 2060

Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 5E7

807 343-7436

If you are looking for early records from Thunder Bay OGS area contact the Ontario Archives:

Archives of Ontario

77 Grenville St.

Toronto, Ontario M7A 2R9

416 327-1600

Note: Land records are organized by townships, concessions and lots. Early townships were divided into concessions. A BF concession refers to a broken front, i.e., an uneven piece of land along a river or other geographical feature. A Gore may be a leftover piece of land in a township after being surveyed; not as wide as a regular concession. 


Reference Material:

Census for Thunder Bay OGS area:

 1861- See "Algoma West", Reel # C- 1091. Thunder Bay area is listed as District 7. (Indexed)

 1871- See "Algoma West", Subdivision 090, on reels C- 10023 and C- 10024. The area is indexed and appears in the OGS publication "Renfrew & The North" . LDS FHC film # is 135871.

 1881- See "Algoma" on reels C- 13281 and C- 13282, or LDS reels 1375918, and 1375920( for that part of the area which was at that time part of Manitoba.) The area has been indexed.

 1891 - See "Algoma" on reels T- 6323, T- 6324, and T- 6327. The area has been indexed.

 1901 - See "Algoma" on reels T-6457, T- 6458, and T- 6454. All of present day Thunder Bay, Kenora, and Fort Frances, Districts have been indexed.

 Also see a list on the Thunder Bay District Genweb site


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Municipal Directories.

Cities of Fort William and Port Arthur, (which amalgamated to form the City of Thunder Bay in 1970) are complete since 1907. Some compilations are available beginning in the 1880s. Some Rat Portage, (now Kenora); exist since 1890. All were produced by Hendersons of Winnipeg.

Telephone Directories.

Only Thunder Bay Historical Society Museum holds a collection of local phone books from 1900. Other communities hold miscellaneous local collections.


Some local newspapers prior to 1900 are in microfilm held by libraries and museums in their communities. A detailed list will be published in the future. Information is available through the T. Bay Branch, Lakehead University, and local institutions. Some work has been done on the compilation of BMDs. in various localities.

The Thunder Bay Index

Sponsored by The Chronicle-Journal, it is a subject index bringing together newspaper & periodical articles on Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario. Find the last 17 years @ Thunder bay Public Library under menu item "Thunder Bay Index" Go Now

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Thunder Bay OGS Church records.

Relatively few churches existed in the area before 1900. All have been cataloged, although not all records exist or their location is known.


Cemeteries in Thunder Bay OGS area:

Most cemeteries in the three Districts have been transcribed with the exception of the municipal ones in the towns of Fort Frances and Kenora. At present none are listed on OCFA. Access to the records can be made through the Thunder Bay Branch, OGS.

Find more cemeteries, including Finnish on Thunder Bay District Genweb site.


KompoZer update 13/08/03
Thunder Bay OGS  
Donald M Henderson