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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 15: Victoria District Marriage Register 1839-1858
By Dan Walker & Fawne Stratford-Devai
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2000 (cd version 2013)

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In May of 1838 the Victoria District was separated from the Midland District and included the present county of Hastings. Despite being officially created in 1838, the Victoria District would not be proclaimed until a Court House and jail were constructed and officials appointed. The Victoria District was therefore not proclaimed a separate district until 1839. Effective October 15th, 1839 marriage returns for the County of Hastings were required to be returned to the clerk of the Peace in the District town of Belleville. Returns were sent to the Clerk from the Clergy who performed the 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.

By January of 1850 all Districts were abolished and the Victoria District became Hastings County.

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. However in the case of the Victoria District, the individuals returns did not appear to survive. This publication has been transcribed from the original Victoria District Marriage Register (1839-1858).

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 Victoria District register you would be well advised to search bordering districts such as the Newcastle District, Colbourne District, Prince Edward District, and the Midland District (original Midland Register has not been found as yet).

164 Pages
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)
ISBN-10 1-894571-40-1
ISBN-13 978-1-894571-40-1




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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