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BOOK - Vol 6: Ottawa District Marriage Register 1816-1853
By Dan Walker & Fawne Stratford-Devai
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2000 (cd version 2013)

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In March of 1816 the Ottawa District was created by removing the counties of Prescott and Russell from the Eastern District. Beginning in 1816 marriage returns for the counties of Prescott and Russell and a few townships in Carleton County were to be returned to the Clerk of the Peace in the District town of L’Original. The original Marriage Register contains eighty pages and covers the years 1816 - 1853. Unfortunately the marriage register for the period 1854-1857 has never been found.

For marriages before 1816 refer to the Eastern District Marriage Register. In May of 1849 the Ottawa District was abolished and the United Counties of Prescott and Russell came into being. As you can see from the date of the register, the Clerk continued to record marriages after the 1849. There are also a number of marriages recorded in the Ottawa District Marriage Register for marriages where one or both of the parties were from neighbouring towns in Quebec (for example, Argenteuil, Hull township and “Chathan” to name but a few).

Townships included in the Ottawa District: Alfred, Caledonia, Cambridge, Clarence, Cumberland, Gloucester, Hawkesbury East, Hawkesbury West, Longueuil, Osgoode, Plantagenet North, Plantagent South, and Russell.

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 Ottawa District register you would be well advised to search bordering districts such as the Dalhousie, Eastern and Johnstown.

68 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, 2000 (cd version 2013)
ISBN-10 1-894571-12-6
ISBN-13 978-1-894571-12-8

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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