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The original content for this article was contributed by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies in April 2013. It is an excerpt from their course Canadian: Vital Statistic Records - Part 1  by Sharon L. Murphy. The Institute offers over 200 comprehensive genealogy courses for a fee ($).

Reference Books[edit | edit source]

Anglican Church of Canada, Guide to the Holdings of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario (Agincourt, Ontario: Generation Press Inc., 1990).

Armstrong, Frederick H., Handbook of Upper Canadian Chronology, revised (Toronto: Dundurn Press, 1985).

Baxter, Angus, In Search of Your Canadian Roots: Tracing Your Family Tree in Canada (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart Inc., 1999).

Bolger, F. W. P., Canada’s Smallest Province: A History of P.E.I. (Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island: Prince Edward Island 1973 Centennial Commission, 1973).

Borgstede, Arlene, Finding Your Ancestors in Alberta (Toronto: Heritage Productions, 1999).

Briggs, Elizabeth,Access to Ancestry: A Genealogical Resource Manual for Canadians Tracing Their Heritage (Winnipeg, Manitoba: Westgarth, 1995).

British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency,Genealogical Resources for British Columbians (Victoria, British Columbia: British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency, 1997).

Columbo, John Robert, Columbo’s Canadian References (Oxford University Press, 1976).

Crant, Bill, Finding your Ancestors in Newfoundland and Labrador (Toronto: Heritage Productions, 1998).

Douglas, Althea, Here Be Dragons! Navigating the Hazards Found in Canadian Genealogical Research (Toronto: Ontario Genealogical Society, 1996).

Douglas, Althea, Here Be Dragon Too! (Toronto: Ontario Genealogical Society, 2000).

Douglas, Althea, Tools of the Trade for Canadian Genealogy, revised (Toronto: Ontario Genealogical Society, 2004).

Douglas, Althea, Finding Your Ancestors in English Québec, revised (Toronto: Heritage Productions, 2003).

Douglas, Althea, Finding Your Ancestors in New Brunswick, revised and updated (Toronto: Heritage Productions, 2009).

Fellows, Robert, Researching Your Ancestors in New Brunswick (Fredericton, New Brunswick: R.F. Fellows, 1979).

Hanowski, Laura, Tracing Your Ancestors in Saskatchewan: A Guide to the Records and How to Use Them, 2nd edition (Regina, Saskatchewan: Saskatchewan Genealogical Society, 2003).

Jackson, David, Finding Your Ancestors in British Columbia, revised (Toronto: Heritage Productions, 2004).

Jonasson, Eric, The Canadian Genealogical Handbook, 2nd edition (Winnipeg, Manitoba: Wheatfield Press, 1978).

Jones, Orlo, Family History in Prince Edward Island: A Genealogical Research Guide (Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island: Prince Edward Island Heritage Foundation, 1981).

Lemieux, Victoria and David Leonard, Tracing Your Ancestors in Alberta (Edmonton, Alberta: Lemieux-Leonard Research Associates, 1992).

Marble, Allen E.,Deaths, Burials and Probates of Nova Scotians, 1749-1799: From Primary Sources (Halifax, Nova Scotia: Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia, 1990).

Marble, Allen E., Deaths, Burials and Probates of Nova Scotians, 1800-1850: From Primary Sources (Halifax, Nova Scotia: Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia, 1990).

Merriman, Brenda Dougall, Genealogy in Ontario: Searching the Records, 4th edition (Toronto: Ontario Genealogical Society, 2008).

Merriman, Brenda Dougall, Genealogical Standards of Evidence: A Guide for Family Historians (Toronto: Ontario Genealogical Society, 2010).

Mills, Elizabeth Shown, Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997).

Morley, William F. E.,The Atlantic Provinces: Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1967).

Morley, William F. E., Ontario and the Canadian North (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1978).

Morris, Julie, Tracing Your Ancestors in Nova Scotia (Halifax, Nova Scotia: Public Archives of Nova Scotia, 1987).

Punch, Terrence M.,Genealogist’s Handbook For Atlantic Canada Research, 2nd edition (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1997).

Punch, Terrence M.,Genealogical Research in Nova Scotia, 4th edition (Halifax, Nova Scotia: Petheric Press, 1998).

Smith, Norma H., and Leonard H. Smith,Nova Scotia Immigrants to 1867 Volume II, From Non-Nova Scotia Periodicals and from published Diaries & Journals (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994).

St Denis, Louise, Finding Your French-Canadian Ancestors, 2nd edition (Toronto: Heritage Productions, 2001).

Taylor, Ryan, Researching Canadian Archival Centres (Toronto: Heritage Productions, 2001).

Taylor, Ryan, Researching Canadian Religious Records (Toronto: Heritage Productions, 2001).

Taylor, Ryan, Researching Canadian Newspaper Records (Toronto: Heritage Productions, 2002).

United Church of Canada Archives,Guide to Family History Research in the Archival Repositories of the United Church of Canada (Toronto: Ontario Genealogical Society, 1996).

Webster, J. Clarence, An Historical Guide to New Brunswick, revised edition ([Fredericton?], New Brunswick: New Brunswick Government Bureau of Information and Tourist Travel, 1947).

Additional Resources[edit | edit source]

Cartwright, Richard, Junior, “The Marriage Law in Upper Canada,” Statutes of Canada, Note E, (Canadian Archives Series Q. 279-1, page 174), page 85; Archives of Ontario call no. 347.6 Car.

Elliott, Bruce S., “Utility and Variety of early Church Records,” [Ontario Genealogical Society] Families, Vol. 16, No. 4 (1977).

Emery, George N., Facts of Life: the social construction of vital statistics, Ontario 1868-1952 (Montréal/Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press, 1993) XV, p243; Archives of Ontario call no. 304.609713 E44.

“Report on the Marriage Law in Upper Canada 1792,”Statutes of Canada, Sessional Paper No. 30, Report Bound, Upper Canada Laws, Statutes Etc., 1791-1841; Archives of Ontario call no. 347.6.


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