PHS Research

Township of Puslinch Crest

As part of our ongoing mandate to not only preserve our heritage and history but also to make it accessible to the public we have created this online research portal. Below you will find a wealth of information on the history of Puslinch categorized for easy search. Simply choose a topic below to begin your search.

Rural townships were divided into school sections when public education first began in the mid-nineteenth century. Each area soon became a community of its own and people in Puslinch would say, for example, “We’re from Badenoch.” Immediately other residents would know that they lived in southeast Puslinch. The school sections in the Township were numbered S.S. 1 to 12.

In 2015 the Puslinch Historical Society offered public viewings of their compilation, The Communities in Puslinch. This was presented over 3 evenings, with four of the twelve school districts offered each night.

There have been many requests to see this presentation by people who were unable to attend, so it was decided to post the document on our website. Since the files are mostly pictures – making them large files to download and view – the complete file has been divided into four parts.

The Lot History section is dedicated to Anna Jackson, the Puslinch historian and former president of the Historical Society, who collected the history of these lots and much else included on this website. She finished the Gore, Concession 1 and Concession 2 and part of Concession3 which are reproduced here. Information on the lots in the remaining concessions is available on request. Census returns for the years 1833 to 1844 give the names of the settlers on each lot. As well, we possess the 1851 and the 1861 Settlers' Maps, the 1879 and the 1906 Historical Atlases and a 1923 map which do the same. See also the 1867 List of Residents on the links page.

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Membership in the society is open to anyone interested in the history of Puslinch Township giving you access to the archives, assistance with your research from committed voluteers, a newsletter and occasional events of historic interest.

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Contact Us


29 Brock Road South
Aberfoyle, Ontario


Puslinch Historical Society
c/o Puslinch Library
R.R. #3, 29 Brock Road South
Guelph (Aberfoyle), Ontario N1H 6H9

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This is the work of volunteers in the community.
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