York Region Branch
Ontario Genealogical Society

York County Maps & Facts

mapReference: Wm. H. Smith, “Smith’s Canadian Gazetteer, 1846” (Toronto: H. & W. Roswell) (Coles Canadiana Collection)
-Before 1788 the Townships of East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham,
Vaughan and Whitchurch were located in the Montreal District, Province of Quebec.-In 1788 the Montreal District was divided, and the townships became part of the Nassau District.

-The Province of Quebec was divided into Upper Canada (Ontario) and Lower Canada (Quebec) in 1791.

-Counties were established in June 1792. The townships became part of the County of York.

-In October 1792 Nassau District became the Home District which included the County of York and City of Toronto.

-Loyalist and Quaker settlers came to the area when John Graves Simcoe opened Yonge Street in 1796.

-In 1826 North Gwillimbury township was created from Georgina.

-In 1841 Upper Canada became Canada West.

-York County was divided in 1852 creating Peel County to the west and Ontario County to the east.

-Canada West became the Province of Ontario in 1867.

-In 1873 Richmond Hill was incorporated as a town.

-Newmarket was incorporated as a town in 1880.

-In 1888 Aurora was incorporated as a town.

-In 1970 Georgina and North Gwillimbury townships were reunited as the Town of Georgina. Whitchurch Township and Stouffville were amalgamated into the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville. The towns of Aurora, Newmarket and Richmond Hill were expanded to include parts of the surrounding townships.

-York County was divided into the The Regional Municipality of York and Metropolitan Toronto on 1st January 1971.

map Reference: South Central Ontario, Ontario Transportation Map Series; Ontario Ministry of Transportation, 1984

Communities in York Region

Aurora

  • Cherry

Georgina

  • Baldwin
  • Belhaven
  • Briars Park
  • Brown Hill
  • Cedarbrae
  • Duclos Point
  • Egypt
  • Island Grove
  • Island View Beach
  • Jacksons Point
  • Keswick
  • Marina Estates
  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Orchard Beach
  • Pefferlaw
  • Port Bolster
  • Roches Point
  • Sutton
  • Udora
  • Virginia
  • Willow Beach

East Gwillimbury

  • Holland Landing
  • Holland Marsh
  • Holt
  • Maple Hill
  • Mount Albert
  • Queensville
  • Ravenshoe
  • River Drive Park
  • Sharon
  • West Franklin

King

  • Ansnorveldt
  • Glenville
  • Hammertown
  • Happy Valley
  • Kettleby
  • King City
  • King Creek
  • Kinghorn
King Cont.

  • Laskay
  • Linton
  • Lloydtown
  • New Scotland
  • Nobleton
  • Pottageville
  • Schomberg
  • Snowball
  • Strange

Markham

  • Almira
  • Box Grove
  • Brown’s Corners
  • Buttonville
  • Cachet
  • Cashel
  • Cedar Grove
  • Cornell
  • Dicksons Hill
  • German Mills
  • Hagerman Corners
  • Langstaff
  • Locust Hill
  • Markham
  • Milliken
  • Mongolia
  • Mount Joy
  • Quantztown
  • Thornhill
  • Underwood
  • Unionville
  • Victoria Square
  • Vinegar Hill

Newmarket

  • Armitage
  • Bogarttown
  • Woodland Hills

Richmond Hill

  • Bayview North
  • Bayview Hill
  • Doncrest
  • Elgin Mills
  • Jefferson
Richmond Hill Cont.

  • Lake Wilcox
  • Langstaff
  • Oak Ridges
  • Richvale
  • Temperanceville

Vaughan

  • Concord
  • Edgeley
  • Elder Mills
  • Hope
  • Kleinburg
  • Maple
  • Nashville
  • Pine Grove
  • Purpleville
  • Sherwood
  • Sunset Corners
  • Teston
  • Tormore
  • Vellore
  • Weston Downs
  • Wilshire
  • Woodbridge

Whitchurch-Stouffville

  • Ballantrae
  • Bethesda
  • Bloomington
  • Cedar Valley
  • Gormley
  • Hartman
  • Lemonville
  • Lincolnville
  • Musselman Lake
  • Preston Lake
  • Pine Orchard
  • Pleasantville
  • Ringwood
  • Seldom Seen
  • Shrubmount
  • Stouffville
  • Vandorf
  • Vivian
  • Wesley Corners