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BOOK - Vol 3: Huron District Marriage Register 1841-1870 ...includes Baptisms and Burials
By Dan Walker & Fawne Stratford-Devai
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2000 (cd version 2013)
In May 1849 the Huron District was abolished but clergy in the United Counties of Huron, Bruce and Perth County continued to send marriage returns to the clerk of the peace. The surviving Huron District Marriage Register abruptly ends in 1848. While there is no explanation for the sudden ending of the Register, the original returns sent by teh clergy to the Clerk survive and they have been included with the transcript of the Register to complete the District Period. In addition, all returns sent to the Clerk of the Peace for the United Counties of Bruce and Huron (1853-1870) are included in this volume. All Baptisms and Burials sent to the Clerk of the Peace for the Huron District and later the United Counties of Bruce and Huron are also included! In 1853 the clerk for Perth County created a separate marriage register, consequently all marriages (baptisms and burials) performed in Perth County from 1852 onwards are not part of the Huron District Marriage Register.
All marriages performed before the Huron District was proclaimed in 1841 were sent to the Clerk of the Peace for the London District and can be found in the London District Marriage Register 1795-1841 (Volume 4 Part 1).
Townships included in the Huron District: Arran, Brant, Bruce, Carrick, Culross, Elderslie, Greenock Huron, Kincardine, Kinloss and Saugeen (all part of Bruce County), Ashfield, Biddulph, Colborne, Goderich, Grey, Hay, Howick, Hullet, McGillivrary, McKillop, Morris, Stanley, Stephen, Tuckersmith, Turnberry, Usborne, and Wawanosh (all part of Huron County), Blanshard, Downie, Easthope North, Easthope South, Ellice, Elma, Fullerton, Gore of Downie, Hibbert, Logan, Mornington and Wallace (all part of Perth County) and Williams Township which is part of Middlesex County.
Includes Huron District Marriage Register and all Baptism, Marriage & Burial returns from clergy for the Huron District and the United Counties of Bruce and Huron
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 Huron District register you would be well advised to search bordering districts such as the Brock, Wellington, London and Western Districts. In one case a Bible Christian Minister from the Newcastle District moves to the Huron District halfway through a year. This clergys first marriage return to the Huron District Clerk includes marriages performed in the Newcastle District for the first part of the year before he moved to Huron!
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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