All of our listings are for Ontario, Canada place names; including Ontario as part of your search will be ineffective.
Wildcards (e.g. *) won't work. You can however search by using part of the name, for example a search for Otta will bring up all place names that include otta within the name.
"Quotations" won't work. If seeking a multi-word place name, use one of the words instead (e.g. Point Edward, search just for Edward)
Periods are not included (e.g. if seeking St. Marys remove the period - St Marys)
A search for *any* of these words will NOT be effective:
Township (will list every Township in Ontario)
County (same as Township)
District (same as Township)
The more common the word is (such as 'Ville') the more hits you will get.
The more unusual your search, the more effective it will be.
Try ALL possible spelling variations: e.g. Elmer could be spelled Elmer, Almer, Ilmer, Aylmer, etc. Howell could be spelled Howl, Howle, Howel, Howal, etc.
Don't Be Fooled By Handwriting. Much of the handwriting found on old documents is difficult to read. What you think is an 'R' may be a 'B', a 'T' may be an 'S'.
Switch Letters Around. 'A' 'E' and 'I' can sound similar, use all three (for instance - Elmer, Almer, Ilmer; Elmar, Almar, Ilmar; Elmir, Almir, Ilmir)
Also try interchanging the following letters: 'K' and 'C'; 'C' and 'S'; 'S', 'C' and 'X'
Re / Er and Ie / Y: If looking for a place name that may end with and 're' brings up negative results, try searching with 'er'. The same with 'ie' and 'y'
One word or two? If you're seeking a place name that could be viewed as two or more words, try searching it as one word, then again as two words (or three?). e.g. Bondhead can be found under Bond Head, Old Castle is found under Oldcastle.
Still no luck? Browse instead of search.
Additions, Queries & Corrections
If, after trying all the search tips above, you still can't find what you're looking for, please help out by submitting a query or addition. Thank you.