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There is quite a bit of Information for genealogists on this site - it is best accessed using the search feature above.  Note that I have almost zero additional information - it is all on the web site.  If you contact me, I will be polite but I don’t have any additional information. The best additional source of info for researchers is at the Cobourg Library where they have a local history room stocked with many historical books and documents. They do have some photos on-line but not much more - you need to visit.

A good source of information is the Northumberland County Archives. Contact the archivist Emily Cartlidge by email here or County Web site here.

Historical Maps of Cobourg and Area: A collection of maps showing Cobourg, Northumberland and surrounding Area.  1813 to 2013.

Index of Maps

The War of 1812 was halfway through in 1813 and the immigrants (Loyalists and others) were settling in the area around York (now Toronto), Niagara and Kingston. A few settled in Hamilton which was to later be called Cobourg.

The area shown is to the east of York
on Lake Ontario in 1813.

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Map 1813

This map must have been drawn after settlement but before Cobourg was named so must be about 1840. Northumberland at the time stretched well north of Rice Lake but the roads - if you could call them that - were starting to form along Lake Ontario.

The area shown includes current Port Hope to
approximately the current location of Brighton.

This map was provided by CDCI West history department

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Map of Cobourg - approx 1860 - 1869.

Shows Victoria Hall, the harbour, the railway line to the harbour, the beach undeveloped etc. Note that University Avenue is called Seminary Street.

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Thanks to Ken Kerr for research that puts the date at earlier than 1869.

Cobourg Map  c 1860

In 1878, the Historical Atlas of Durham and Northumberland published maps of this area as well as a short history of each town. Although it is hard to read in the small version at right, the large version obtained by clicking is quite readable. Note the railway from Cobourg to Harwood.

Note that it will depend on your monitor as to the size you will see.

A large map of Hamilton Township in 1880 - including Cobourg - is available. It also shows owners of properties. File size is 4.6MB in .jpeg format and is courtesy of McGill University.

Download here.

Hamilton Township

Map of Northumberland in use from 1940 to 1951. All the current towns are visible but Highway 401 was not yet built.

The borders of Northumberland are those currently used and the railway to Harwood has gone.

The map is from the Ontario Government archives.

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Northumberland c 1950

The map at right is accurate as of 2007 although in the interests of clarity a fair bit of detail is missing. More complete maps are available from the Chamber of Commerce at Northumberland Mall as well as at Marie Dressler House ( see also below).

Note that it will depend on your monitor as to the size you will see. 1024 x 768 or higher display sizes will get a larger picture.

A letter sized version (8 1/2 x 11) is available for download here. Format is Word to ease printing.

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A detailed map of Cobourg that is available in electronic form is produced by Elections Canada and therefore shows Poll boundaries but is otherwise very good. Format is Adobe Reader pdf and the map can be downloaded here. This version was issued in 2003 and appears to be valid as of about 1997 with a few anomalies - e.g. there is no longer a railway line down Spring/Hibernia streets!

A detailed up to date map is available here. Size is 516KB and 2000 pixels wide so it will take more than one display screen (and need you to scroll) and may be hard to print on 1 page.

Cobourg

Map of Northumberland

 

An up to date map of Northumberland County today.

Courtesy of Northumberland County.

Download image file here ( gif 746px wide - 129KB).

Map Northumberland