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There are a number of resources that I have found useful in my research of the Stiver family. This includes some that deal with the Berczy Settlers and the history of Markham Township. Some of these are detailed below. Please contact me for further sources.

Berczy Settlers Gazette. Markham, ON : Markham Berczy Settlers Association. (published twice yearly)

This informative newsletter includes research on the group of settlers as well as individual families. This newsletter is received with your membership to the association. Back copies may be purchased. This newsletter is indexed on the Association's web site.

Markham 1793-1900 edited by Isabel Champion. 2nd ed. Markham, ON : Markham Historical Society, 1989.

While reading this book, I made the discovery that I was a descendant of John & Anna Stiver. Anyone with ancestors from Markham Township, will find this book very informative. The book includes two lists created by William Berczy (1798 and 1803). It is indexed and includes many photographs.

St. Philip's/Bethesda Lutheran Church since 1864 known as Bethesda Lutheran Church 20 Union Street, Unionville, Ontario : A Transcription : Baptisms 1819-1848, Marriages 1821-1848, Burials 1819-1847 : Records as kept by Rev. J. D. Petersen and Rev. V. P. Mayerhoffer. Richmond Hill, ON : Ontario Genealogical Society. York Branch, 2000.

This transcription includes many Stiver records. Several records give the family as Stover. It is part of the Places of Worship Registers Inventory. [Photocopies of the original records are at the Markham Museum.]

The Stiver Family in Canada, 1794-1994 : Souvenir Guide : Markham Berczy Settlers' Celebration August 20 to 21, 1994 - Markham, Ontario. edited by Russell M. Stiver. Toronto : R. M. Stiver, 1994.

Russell Stiver compiled this collection of family stories and pictures for the 1994 Celebration. It was produced in limited quantities.

A Story of the Markham Berczy Settlers : 210 year in Markham 1794-2004 : a Story of Bravery and Perseverance. Markham, ON : Markham Berczy Settlers Association, 2004.

This booklet introduces the reader to the story of the Berczy Settlers. To celebrate the 210th anniversary of the arrival of the settlers in Markham Township an updated and expanded booklet was published. Contact the association to purchase your copy.

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Town of Vaughan, Ontario : A Transcription of the Registers : Baptisms 1808-1955, Marriages 1852-1949, Burials 1819-1949. Toronto : Ontario Genealogical Society. Toronto Branch, 1998.

There are Stiver and related family records contained in this book. It is part of the Places of Worship Registers Inventory.

For other helpful resources, check the Markham Berczy Settlers Association web site Markham Berczy Settlers Association : Research Resources

Research Centres
Many excellent resources for researching the Stiver and related family history can be found at the Markham Museum & Historical Village

The family files, compiled family histories, abstracts of land records, birth, marriage and death index to the local newspaper are some of the helpful resources located here. Check their web site for further information.

Markham Public Libraries

Markham Community Library
John Lunau Heritage Research Centre
6031 Highway 7 Markham, ON L3P 3A7

I searched the newspaper on microfilm for events in the lives of Stiver connections.

Unionville Library
15 Library Lane Unionville, ON L3R 5C4

I found the Unionville Tweedsmuir History very helpful when I began my research.

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