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Ontario, Church and Civil Records, 1801-1948
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Ontario, Canada
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Location of Ontario, Canada
Record Description
Record Type Church Vital Records
Collection years 1801-1948
Title in the Language Ontario, Church and Civil Records, 1801-1948
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Ontario Bureau of Archives, Catholic Diocese of Pembroke, Archdiocese of Kingston

What Is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes an index of selected births, baptisms, marriages, deaths, and burials from 1801-1948.

Nearly all important records in Ontario were recorded in church registers before 1869. At this time, many baptisms were performed in whatever church was nearest out of convenience. And because only certain denominations were legally allowed to perform marriages, couples sometimes had to be married by a priest or minister of a religion other than their own.

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What Can these Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may found in these records:


  • Name
  • Birthdate
  • Gender
  • Father’s name
  • Mother’s name and maiden name
  • Father’s occupation
  • Name and signature of informant
  • Date of registration
  • Name of accoucheur (male midwife)
  • Division


  • Name
  • Age
  • Residence
  • Place of Birth
  • Previous marital status
  • Occupation of groom
  • Religious denomination
  • Names of parents
  • Signatures of couple
  • Signatures and place of residence of witnesses
  • Pastor
  • County
  • Parish
  • Date of registration

Death and burial

  • Parent’s names if it is a child
  • Age
  • Husband’s name if deceased is a married woman
  • Place of burial
  • Date of death
  • Date of Burial

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