If you are missing interacting with archival materials while the COVID19 restrictions are in place, a new project from the Community Archives might be of interest to you. We have scanned the 1871 Hastings County assessment roll and would like your help in making the names in it available to the public.

Each municipality in the county of Hastings sent a copy of its assessment roll to the county authorities. The rolls list each occupier of lands, with details of the property, its value, and additional information such as the occupation of the individual, how many people were in their household and even how many sheep, horses and cattle they owned.

Transcribing the information in these records gives us a picture of the way Hastings County had been settled by 1871, and expands on the information available to us from the national census which was taken in the same year.

How does it work?

The images for each municipality have been saved as individual PDF files. Some are easier to read than others (they were all compiled by different municipal clerks). Let’s start with Carlow/Mayo Township, whose clerk had a clear hand and which only has three pages of information to copy out.

Detail of Carlow/Mayo assessment roll

For each township, there is also a data entry form which anyone can contribute to. Here is the Carlow/Mayo one.

Each page has its own tab, circled here in red.

If you would like to take part in this project, please edit the data entry form online. If you would rather not work online, there is also an Excel spreadsheet to download, which you can complete (one form for each page) and email to the archives.

We will be adding other townships and communities to this post as the project progresses. Contact the archives if you have any questions or if you would like to work on a different township which is not yet listed in the table below.


Municipality Image file Data-entry form Progress
Bangor, Herschel, McClure, Monteagle and Wicklow PDF file of 1871 assessment roll for Bangor, Herschel, McClure, Monteagle and Wicklow townships Data entry form for Bangor, Herschel, McClure, Monteagle and Wicklow townships Complete!
Carlow and Mayo PDF file of 1871 assessment roll for Carlow and Mayo townships Data entry form for Carlow and Mayo In progress
Madoc PDF file of 1871 assessment roll for Madoc township Data entry form for Madoc Township In progress
Marmora and Lake PDF file of 1871 assessment roll for Marmora and Lake township Data entry form for Marmora and Lake township In progress
Tyendinaga 1871 assessment roll for Tyendinaga township Data entry form for Tyendinaga township In progress