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District Marriage Registers and District Vital Records
    Upper Canada / Canada West (Ontario)    
1786-1870


What Are The District Marriage/Vital Records & Why Are They Important?
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BOOK - Vol 11: Home District Marriage Registers 1808-1857 (South Central Ontario)
By Dan Walker, Ruth Burkholder & Fawne Stratford-Devai
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2000 (cd version 2013)


coil-bound Edition
8.5" X 11"




Book-on-CD Edition

In October of 1792 the old District of Nassau (1788-1792) was renamed the Home District and included the present counties of York, Ontario, Durham, Peel, Simcoe, Wentworth, Halton and Brant. In March 1816, the Counties of Halton, Wentworth and Brant were separated out of Home District to become the Gore District. In January of 1843 the County of Simcoe became the Simcoe District.

Effective 1831 marriage returns for the Home District were required to be returned to the Clerk of the Peace in the District town of York. Returns were sent to the Clerk from clergy 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.

As of January 1850 all Districts were abolished and the Home District became the United Counties of York and Ontario.

The original Home District Marriage Registers are composed of 6 separate hand written volumes. The registers have been transcribed here in the order in which they were created by the Clerk of the Peace.

An example of some of the towns and townships where marriages occurred and were reported in the Home District Register include: Vaughan, Windham, Markham, Toronto, Georginia, Caledon, North Gwillimbury, Chinguacousy, Thorah, Brock, Whitby, Town of York, Esquesing, Scarborough, Penetanguishine, York Township, Streetsville, Etobicoke, Trafalgar, Albion, Adjala, Mono, Millford Mills, City of Hamilton, Gore of Toronto, Nelson, Pickering, Reach, Cobourg, Whitchurch, Uxbridge, East Gwillimbury, Eldon, Clark, Murray, Erin, Amarranth, Mariposa, Tay, Orillia, Tecumseth, Medonte, Oro, King, Darlington, and a number of other areas.
  • Part 1, 1808-1836 includes a complete transcription of the first 3 volumes and part of the 4th volume of the original hand written Home District Marriage Registers.

  • Part 2, 1835-1843 includes the remaining pages of volume 4 not printed in Part 1, and part of the 5th volume of the original hand written Home District Marriage Registers.

  • Part 3, 1843-1849 includes a complete transcription of the remaining pages of volume 5 and parts of the 6th volume of the original hand written Home District Marriage Registers.

  • Part 4, 1848-1857 includes a complete transcription of the remaining pages of volume 6 of the original hand written Home District Marriage Registers that were not included in Part 3.
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 Home District register you would be well advised to search bordering districts such as the Newcastle District, Gore District, Simcoe District, Wellington District, and Colborne District.

8.5" X 11" (coil-bound edition)
Maps
Index
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)

    Part 1: Home District Marriage Registers 1808-1836 Click here to view the Index
    198 Pages
    ISBN-10: 1-894571-28-2
    ISBN-13: 978-1-894571-28-9
      Soft cover... 34.95 (C$)
      Book on CD... 19.95 (C$)
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    Part 2: Home District Marriage Registers 1835-1843 Click here to view the Index
    238 Pages
    ISBN-10: 1-894571-30-4
    ISBN-13: 978-1-894571-30-2
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    Part 3: Home District Marriage Registers 1843-1849 Click here to view the Index
    236 Pages
    ISBN-10: 1-894571-32-0
    ISBN-13: 978-1-894571-32-6
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    Part 4: Home District Marriage Registers 1848-1857 Click here to view the Index
    250 Pages
    ISBN-10: 1-894571-47-9
    ISBN-13: 978-1-894571-47-0
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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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