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District Marriage Registers and District Vital Records
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BOOK - Vol 1: Talbot District Marriage Register 1837-1857
By Dan Walker & Fawne Stratford-Devai
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 1999 (cd version 2013)

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In March of 1837 the Talbot District was created out of the London District and included Norfolk County and Walpole and Rainham Townships in Haldimand County. Effective in March of 1837, marriage returns for Norfolk County and Walpole and Rainham Townships had to be returned to the Clerk of the Peace in the District town of Simcoe. Returns were sent to the Clerk from ministers who performed marriages, with the exception of Anglican and Roman Catholic ministers. However, many Anglican and Catholics settlers married in churches of convenience or by passing circuit riders when churches of their own faith had not been established yet -- the result is that many of those marriages appear in these District Marriage Registers. On the 30 May 1849 the Talbot District was abolished, but the clerk of the Norfolk County continued to register marriages in this District register.

In 1851 the clerk for the new county of Haldimand created a separate register for Haldimand County where marriages performed in Haldimand County after 1851 were recorded. All marriages performed in the Talbot District before it was created in 1837 were recorded in the London District Marriage Register 1795-1841 (Volume 4 Part 1).

Townships that were part of the Talbot District included: Charlotteville, Houghton, Middleton, Rainham, Townsend, Walpole, Walsingham, Windham and Woodhouse.

An example of some of the towns and townships where marriages occurred and were reported in the Talbot District Register include: Middleton, Windham, Norwich (Brock District), Woodhouse, Townsend, Charlotteville, Oakland (Brock District), Oxford Township (Brock District), Walsingham, Houghton, Walpole, Rainham, Dereham (Brock District), Burford (Brock District), Brantford (Gore District), Clinton (Niagara District), Simcoe, Blenheim (Brock District), Dumfries (Gore District), Wainfleet (Niagara District), Saltfleet (Niagara District), Town of Paris (Gore District), Bayham (London District), Tuscarora (Gore District), Canboro [Canborough] (Niagara District), Dunn (Niagara District), Mouton (Niagara District), Cayuga (Niagara District), Oneida (Gore District), and a number of other areas.

When searching for marriages recorded in District Marriage Registers keep in mind that many returns were submitted by ministers who were circuit riders who often performed marriages at great distance from their home bases. Circuit riders reported marriages in the register of the District where they lived which was not necessarily in the same District where the marriage took place. That said, if you cannot find the marriage in the Talbot District register you would be well advised to search bordering districts such as the Niagara ,Gore, Brock and London Districts. For example, marriages of people from Brantford in the Gore District and Dereham in the Brock District are recorded in the Talbot District Marriage Register.

194 Pages
8.5" X 11" (coil-bound edition)
Originally self-published by compiler, Toronto, 1995
This revised and updated edition with new maps and introduction published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 1999 (cd version 2013)
ISBN-10 1-894571-00-2
ISBN-13 978-1-894571-00-5

About Dan Walker
Dan Walker has spent much of his adult life transcribing genealogical and historical information for publication. His primary focus has been on pre-confederation Ontario vital records. Dan is well known and respected for his meticulious attention to detail, and for the accuracy of his transcription work. 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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