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The Daily Genealogist: Clarence

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Julie Helen Otto

Julie Helen Otto
Staff Genealogist

CLARENCE (m): This first name, often but not exclusively bestowed on male protagonists, has a fine aristocratic ring which echoes the name of George, Duke of Clarence (1449–1476), middle brother of Kings Edward IV and Richard III; Clarence's mysterious death has inspired literature, both greater (Shakespeare's Richard III) and lesser (The Last of the Barons [1843], by Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, Lord Lytton). Beginning in the mid- and late eighteenth century, the name became popular for men actual and imaginary. Clarence Hervey, hero of Belinda (1811) by Maria Edgeworth (1768–1849), bears for good measure the family name of the earls and marquesses of Bristol. In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, when the name was popular, the contemporary Duke of Clarence was George III's third son Prince William Henry (1765–1837), subsequently King William IV (1830–1837).

Here at NEHGS we see the name frequently in connection with the compiler of the massive bibliographic index, “New England Marriages Prior to 1700,” Clarence Almon Torrey (1869–1962). Torrey, born in Manchester, Iowa, was a descendant of an old New England family that had moved west. Another Clarence, Clarence M. Averill, the son of Moses (b. Olney, Maine) and Mary J. (b. New Sharon, Maine), was born July 28, 1840, in Newton Upper Falls, Massachusetts (Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850, on

The Daily Genealogist: Oxford County Library, Ontario, Canada

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

Oxford County Library, Ontario, Canada

Oxford County is located in southwestern Ontario, Canada. Its regional seat is in Woodstock.

Newspaper Indexes
These databases provide indexes to birth, death, and marriage notices found in the Ingersoll Chronicle, 1854–1919 and the Ingersoll Tribune, 1897–1970. Each database can be searched by surname and given name. The data fields in the search results are source newspaper, date, page and column numbers, name, associated name, and note. If the text of the notice is short, it is transcribed in the search results. A third database, the Ingersoll Times, 1969–1970, can be accessed by using an alphabetical list of names which link to digitized images of the newspaper notices.

Vital Statistics
There are four vital records databases on the site. Three are Ingersoll vital statistics databases, containing official birth (1896–1909), death (1896–1934), and marriage (1896–1924) records. The fourth is the Oxford County Genealogy Records Database, which includes records from 1793 to 1858 collected from various sources, such as parish registers, local history books, marriage bonds, and wills.

Cemetery Records
The Ingersoll and Area Cemetery Index contains information on burials in Ingersoll Rural Cemetery, Harris Street Cemetery, and Sacred Heart Cemetery. The data fields are cemetery name abbreviation, name, section, row, age, stone, death date, and epitaph. The cemetery database homepage provides links to PDF maps of the cemeteries. The Cemeteries in the County of Oxford database is an external website linking to databases for 102 Oxford County cemeteries. Click on the name of the town to access the individual cemetery indexes.

Census Records
Census record databases for Ingersoll are available for 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, and 1901. Click on the year and either search or browse by surname. The data fields vary somewhat by year but generally include surname, Christian name, occupation, birthplace, age, sex, marital status, and the original census page number. A census database is also available for North Oxford Township, 1861. The database can be searched by name or browsed by surname. (Note that when you click on a surname it might not appear at the top of the list; the records have been transcribed in the order they appeared on the census page.)

Land Records
Land records were transcribed from microfilm in the Archives of Ontario for four Oxford County townships: East Nissouri, West Nissouri, North Oxford, and West Oxford. The data fields in the alphabetical listing are surname, Christian name, concession, lot, township, date of patent, and acres.

The website also contains local history books and indexes; directories, gazetteers, and voter lists; and resources related to the history of Ingersoll. Some of the links direct users to external sites such as Internet Archive and FamilySearch.

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