In honour of International Archives Day, the City of Vaughan Archives is featuring one of the largest maps found in its unique collection. This 1860 Tremaine Map of the County of York, Canada West, is a great example of one of the many mapping resources housed in our archives.
Measuring 54.5 inches by 67.5 inches (1.38 metres by 1.71 metres), this map was compiled by George R. Tremaine of Toronto, who spent the 1850s and 1860s collecting information from areas in southern Ontario. Ultimately creating fourteen large wall maps of Ontario counties, these maps illustrate early land divisions that have greatly evolved today. The maps identify lots, concessions, names of owners, tenants, estates, businesses and early buildings, which is extremely useful for genealogical and historical research. This particular map hangs in the City’s archival office, however smaller reproductions are available through the Archives.
The City of Vaughan Archives collects, preserves and makes available for research permanently valuable municipal and non-government records from the Vaughan community that document the rich and diverse heritage and development of our community.
For more information about the City of Vaughan Archives, please visit http://www.vaughan.ca/services/vaughan_archives/Pages/default.aspx.
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