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BOOK - Vol 13: Gore District Marriage Register 1842-1856
By Dan Walker & Fawne Stratford-Devai
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2000 (cd version 2013)
Unfortunately the early marriages for the Gore District have not been found. The District Marriage Register that survives includes only returns from 1842 onwards. As of January 1850 all Districts were abolished and the Gore District became the independent Counties of Wentworth, Halton, Haldimand and Brant and remain to this day.
This printing of The Gore District Marriage Register includes a complete transcription of the original register created by the Clerk of the Peace. Each ministers' entries include the page number in the original register where those entries are located.
An example of some of the towns and townships where marriages occurred and were reported in the Gore District Register include: Nelson, Nassagawaya, Esquesing, Trafalgar, Town of Oakville, East Flamborough, Erin, Saltfleet, Eramosa, Chinguacousy, Ancaster, Town of Brantford, Dundas, Brantford Township, Town of Hamilton, Cayuga, Oneida, Beverly, Barton, West Flamborough, Dumfries, Blenheim, Town of Palermo, Glanford, Brinbrook, Wilmot, Grimsby, Townsend, Gainsborough, Waterloo, Guelph, Town of Paris, Grand River, Tuckersmith, Whitchurch, Town of St. Catharines, Puslinch and a number of other areas.
The Gore District Marriage Register does not begin until 1842 which is quite late for a district that was created in 1816 and for which a district marriage register should have been started in 1831. In an attempt to capture some of this lost early information for the district, we have begun to assemble and publish all existing vital records (early birth, baptism, death and burial records as well as similar yet unknown vital records) for the Gore District.
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 Gore District register you would be well advised to search bordering districts such as the Niagara District Marriage Register, the Brock District Marriage Register , the Talbot District Marriage Register, the Wellington District Marriage Register and the Home 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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