The “modern” Registry Office was constructed immediately behind (east of) the former structure at 127 Sydney Street in downtown Cornwall. Both have been closed in favour of a Service Ontario outlet on 14th Street. An eye surgery subsequently occupied the Sydney Street site.
The secure areas.
When the Registry Office closed, the historic registers were in serious danger of being destroyed. The SD&G Historical Society stepped up and agreed to shelter them, at least on an interim basis. Recently the Registers were transferred out and are now housed in the basement of the Cornwall Public Library. They can be accessed via the volunteers in the Cornwall (local history) Room at the Library.
Here is a sample page from the former Cornwall Township Lost Village of Mille Roches. A family was assisted in determining who was the original Land Patent holder of their ancestor’s property. In this case it was Captain Patrick Daly of the 1st Battalion of the Kings Royal Yorkers (King’s Royal Regiment of New York).
The Royal Townships were first settled primarily as follows:
|Royal Township||KRRNY Companies|
|No.1 (Charlottenburgh)||Captains Angus and Alexander McDonell|
|No.2 (Cornwall)||Captains Patrick Daly and Samuel Anderson|
|No.3 (Osnabruk)||Captains John McDonell and Archibald McDonell|