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District Marriage Registers and District Vital Records
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BOOK - Vol 14: Western District Marriage Register 1786-1856 (includes many Baptism and Burial records)
By Dan Walker & Fawne Stratford-Devai
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2000 (cd version 2013)

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In October of 1792 the old District of Hesse (1788-1792) was renamed the Western District and included the present counties of Essex, Kent and Lambton. Effective 1831 marriage returns for the Western District were required to be returned to the Clerk of the Peace in the District town of Sandwich. 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.

This printing of the Western District Marriage Register includes a complete transcription of both volumes of the original Western district marriage register. This transcription also includes the original returns submitted by the clergy to the clerk of the peace. In most districts the Clerk of Peace transcribed the information on the individual marriage returns into a book which became known as the District Marriage register. When located, these orginal returns often include statements for baptisms and burials. There are a number of returns of both baptisms and burials with the original returns which are now part of this Western District Marriage Register transcription.

An example of some of the towns and townships where marriages occurred and were reported in the Western District Register include: Sandwich, River Thames, Detroit, Raleigh, Colchester, Malden, Amherstburg, Gosfield,. Harwich, Howard, Dover, Grosepoint, Maidstone, Sombra, Drummond Island, Michilimackinac, Romney, Mersea, Zone, Orford, Camden, Town of Desmond in Michigan Territory, Sarnia township, Chatham township, Town of Chatham, Moore, Tilbury, Plympton, Osborn (Usborne), Aldaborough, Southwold, Port Sarnia, Anderdon, Warwick, Bosanquet, Brooke, village of Windsor, Eckfrid, Mosa, Enniskillen, City of Monroe Michigan, Euphemia, Rochester and many 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 Western District register you would be well advised to search bordering districts such as the London District and the Huron District.

206 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 1-894571-38-X
ISBN-13 978-1-894571-38-8

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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