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BOOK - Vol 12: Eastern District Marriage Register 1801-1865 (includes some marriage licenses and certificates)
By Dan Walker & Fawne Stratford-Devai
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2000 (cd version 2013)
As of January 1850 all Districts were abolished and the Eastern District became the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry and remain the United Counties to this day.
This printing of The Eastern District Marriage Register includes a complete transcription of the original register created by the Clerk of the Peace. The register itself is titled: A Registry of certified Marriages of Members of the Church of Scotland, Lutherans, Congregationalists, Baptists, Independents, Methodists, Menonists, Tunkers, Presbyterians or Moravians. Each ministers entries include the page number in the original register where those entries are located.
In addition we have also included the few Eastern District Marriage Licenses which have been found at the Archives of Ontario for 1806 & 1807. These marriage licenses are all that appear to survive for this early period -- transcribed in this book but not microfilmed or digitized yet.
Also included in this book are a few marriage licenses and certificates which were acquired by the Archives of Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg, Ontario. -- transcribed in this book but not microfilmed or digitized yet.
An example of some of the towns and townships where marriages occurred and were reported in the Eastern District Register include: Richmond, Matilda, Cornwall, Mountain, Edwardsburgh, Osnabruck, Williamsburgh, Charlottenburg, Hawksbury, Lochiel, Kenyon, Seignory of the Petit Nation (Lower Canada [Quebec]), Breadalbane, Winchester, Prescott, Martintown, Lancaster, Coteau du Lac, Point Fortune, Alfred township, Oxford township, Saint Andrews, Longuiel, Clarence, Roxborough, Nerston (in Quebec), Caledonia, Finch, and a number of other areas.
When searching for marriages recorded in 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 Eastern District register you would be well advised to search bordering districts such as the Ottawa District Marriage Register, the Johnstown District Marriage Register and even the original Midland District Marriage Register (if ever found).
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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