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BOOK - Vital Records In Ontario Before 1869, A Guide to Early Ontario Vital Records.
By Fawne Stratford-Devai & Ruth Burkholder
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2003

Coil bound... 19.95 (C$)
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Civil registration of births, marriages and deaths began in Ontario in 1869. Prior to 1869 vital records in early Ontario/Canada West/Upper Canada requires research of non-centralized record groups which this book identifies.

The value of this research guide is that it helps you to discover which records were kept, for for which time frames they were kept and how those records can be accessed. Of particular value is a listing of resources that are available on microfilm including the microfilm numbers for the resources, and identification of which records have been transcribed into book or database form.

This Global Guide is essential for everyone who is researching family history in the early Ontario period.

Topics include:
  • Getting Started
  • Understanding Vital Records
  • Vital Records before 1831 in Upper Canada
    • Why can't I find a record before 1831?
    • Pre 1831 summary
    • Map - Southern Ontario District Boundaries 1826
  • Vital Records after 1831 in Upper Canada
    • District Marriage Registers of Upper Canada/Canada West
    • List of all District Marriage Registers
    • Understanding and using District Marriage Registers
    • Returns from Clergy before 1858
    • Map - Southern Ontario District Boundaries 1838
    • Changing boundaries: from Districts to Counties
    • District Registers whicih include 1850's County Records
    • Counties with Baptism & Burial Returns before 1851
    • Map - Southern Ontario County Boundaries 1851
  • Which Record is the Primary Record
  • Vital Records after 1858 in Canada West/Ontario
    • List of all County Marriage Registers 1858-1869
    • Hints when using County Marriage Registers
  • Additional Sources of Vital Records Before 1869
    • Records of Birth/Baptism before 1869
    • Wesleyan Methodist Central Registry of Births & Baptisms
    • Methodist Episcopal Church Niagara Conferences Baptismal Register
  • Marriage Banns, Bonds & Licenses
    • Upper Canada Marriage Bonds Index on Microfilm
  • Records of Death/Burial before 1869
    • Cemetery records
    • Funeral home records
    • Membership records
    • Map- Southern Ontario County Boundaries 1882
52 pp., ; printed on acid-free paper; soft-cover; coil bound (pvc); 8.5" X 11", ISBN 1-894571-83-5.

About Fawne Stratford-Devai
Fawne Stratford-Devai's work on Land Records and early Ontario records is well known in the genealogy community. A published author of several Canadian and UK research books, she has also contributed articles to the Ontario Genealogical Society's newsletter "Families" as well as writing for the online family history newsletter the "Global Gazette". Biography



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