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Recently, our probates index has been updated with special thanks to Peter Bolton…

To find a probate listing, or search the index, click here to download (updated  19 July 2011).

This is helpful for researchers who can now find the number of a probate prior to visiting us onsite OR can email us for copying information.

Probates Database:

Our Collection:

In addition to our collection of personal, municipal and business records requiring archivist assistance, we also have a reading room of readily-available resources which researchers can peruse at their own pace.


The Port Hope Archives is happy to provide our researchers and visitors with a space to conduct their research or browse the maps on the wall.  The PHA has a great selection of titles on local and Ontario history, as well as immigration and genealogy. The PHA also has a selection of historical atlases.  These books are available in the Reading Room for use. Rarer titles are also available and are available upon request.


Our photograph collection is now searchable using our reading room computer.  An extensive database project was recently completed to make our nearly 4000 photographs easily accessible for our researchers!

On-Site Resources:



Available on the Reading Room computer is CemSearch, a cemetery database managed by the Lakeshore Genealogical Society. At present, more than 316,000 entries are included in the database. Areas included are: Clarington, Haliburton, Hastings and Prince Edward, Lennox & Addington, Muskoka District, Northumberland, Peterborough & Victoria (now City of Kawartha Lakes) and Renfrew. We would be happy to search the database for you.  This database is also available at the Port Hope Public Library and the Cobourg Public Library. This database is not available online.



Land Records


The PHA has land documents from 1867 to 1955 for research. These documents are the property of the Government of Ontario, and available to the public through the Port Hope Archives. The PHA also has copies of the land abstract books (indexes) to be able to locate land documents.  Only a few of the probates registered during these years are in this collection.  Land records for years others than those at the PHA are available on microfilm at the Archives of Ontario or at the Land Registry Office in Cobourg.


To conduct property history, the legal lot description is required. Land abstracts and deeds do not provide the year of construction. Land documents provide owners; dates of transactions, amount of land included in the transaction and the instrument numbers to locate the documents.   For more information on conducting property research, please contact the PHA directly.


In 2006, volunteers of the Port Hope Archives indexed the more than 15,000 land records held at the Archives.  The database is searchable by Grantor, Grantee, Instrument Number and by remarks and is available in the Archives’ Reading Room.



Vital Statistics Indexes on Microfilm


The Port Hope Archives has the Indexes, produced by the Province of Ontario for Birth, Marriages and Deaths.  The dates are as follows:


Births: July 1869 to December 1911

Marriages: 1869 to 1926

Deaths: 1869 to 1936


Each year another year of records is made available.

For more recent registrations, please contact the Archives of Ontario.



Reading Room Collection:


To access our listing of local history, genealogy, and general history publications, click here for our library(updated  28 Mar 2011)


Publications for Sale:

Book of Remembrance

The Book of Remembrance is the account of Port Hope, Ontario’s contribution to the Great War of 1914-1918. The original booklet was compiled in 1919 as a tribute to the sixty-five men of Port Hope and vicinity who died in the Great War. The Book of Remembrance was then, as it is now, the town’s attempt to remember the fallen men as personalities and not just as names on the cenotaph. It is also a record of how the people of a small town joined together to support “their boys” overseas.

Only two copies of the book were produced in 1919. This is the first time the Book of Remembrance has been reprinted and now includes the names of all of Port Hope’s soldiers along with their photographs. This special edition also includes letters from the Front as published in the Port Hope Evening Guide and photographs from the collection of the Port Hope Archives.

The Book of Remembrance is a snapshot of rural Ontario’s contribution to “the war to end all wars” and a lasting tribute to those who paid the price for peace.


ISBN - 978-0-9781111-1-3

Book of Remembrance NOW $19.95

© Port Hope Archives, 2007

Shipping and handling within Ontario is $10


Also available from:

Art Gallery of Northumberland, Port Hope

Clarington Museums & Archives, Bowmanville

Ganaraska Art & Framing, Port Hope

Burhnam Family Farm Market, Cobourg

Furby House Books, Port Hope


For individual orders, click here.

For wholesale / retail purchase information, click here.

Also available online: http://www.cefbooks.ca/



Other Publications:

The Archives also sells several used local history publications and reprints of the 1857 Port Hope Directory. 

Contact us at archives@porthope.ca for more details!

Online Resources:

Ask our Archivist a question via Facebook or Twitter

View our photograph collection on Flickr

Research on Port Hope and its residents can also be done online @ www.nhb.com/hunter


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