District Marriage Registers and District Vital Records
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BOOK - Vol 2: Brock District Marriage Register 1839-1857 (includes Baptisms and Burials)
By Dan Walker & Fawne Stratford-Devai
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2000 (cd version 2013)
Although the Brock District was abolished in May of 1849, the clerk of Oxford County continued to register marriages in the Brock District Marriage Register until as late as 1857. All marriages performed in the Brock District before it was proclaimed in 1839 were recorded in London District Marriage Register 1795-1841 (Volume 4 Part 1).
Also includes all Baptism, Marriage & Burial returns from clergy for the Huron District and the United Counties of Bruce and Huron
An example of some of the towns and townships where marriages occurred and were reported in the Brock District Register include: Bayham, Beachville, Blanchard, Blandford, Blenheim, Brantford, Burford, Charlotteville, Deleware, Dereham, Dorchester, Dumfries, North Easthope, Ingersoll, Lobo, London township, London Town, Malahide, Nissouri, Norwich, Norwichville, North Oxford, East Oxford, West Oxford, Oakland, Paris, Saltfleet, Thamesford, Townsend, Tuscarora, Waterloo, Westminster, Windham, Woodstock, East Zorra, and West Zorra, 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 Brock District register you would be well advised to search bordering districts such as the Talbot, Gore, Wellington, Huron and London Districts. For example, there are marriages of some people from Bayham township in the London District, Dumfries Township in the Gore District and Middleton Township in the Talbot District recorded in the Brock District Marriage Register.
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, 2000 (cd version 2013)
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.
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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