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District Marriage Registers & District Vital Records of Upper Canada/Canada West (Ontario) 1786 - 1870,
What are they and why are they important?
Article posted by Fawne Stratford-Devai: April 15, 1998. Revised and expanded July 17, 2013

By Rick Roberts



Family history researchers often encounter a brick wall while seeking their early Ontario ancestors' vital records prior to the establishment of province-wide civil registration in 1869. The District Marriage Registers & District Vital Records of Upper Canada/Canada West (Ontario) 1786 - 1870 series was designed to provide researchers with an easy-to-use and reliable source for records of birth, marriage, death and others vital records in early Ontario. The bulk of the series deals with early marriage records.

Prior to counties becoming administrative entities in the mid-nineteenth century, the province of Upper Canada (southern Ontario) was initially divided into four Districts which grew with the population to become twenty five Districts. Early efforts at civil registration were recorded by those Districts. In the mid to late eighteenth century, population growth accelerated to a point where the Districts were abolished and the County system established (County Marriage Registers 1858-1869) In the summer of 1869 a new and comprehensive civil registration system was established at the provincial level. Those post-1868 civil registration records are described and accessible here.

Here are two maps that provide the boundaries of the Districts in 1825 and 1845:



What are the District Marriage Registers?

During the early period of settlement in Upper Canada and Canada West (the province of Ontario), all ministers who performed marriages with the exception of Anglican and Roman Catholic ministers were required to send in returns to the Clerk of the Peace for the District. That said, plenty of Anglicans and Catholics were married by nonconformist ministers for reasons explained further on. The majority of returns begin in the 1830s with a few Districts containing earlier marriage returns. The Clerk of the Peace then recorded the returns in a District register kept in the District office. Most of the original District Registers survive and have been reliably transcribed and indexed into a series of books.

It is important to keep in mind that the Register is a copy made by the District Clerk. The returns themselves are the closest record to the original parish record that exists. For some Districts the individual original marriage returns from Ministers have also survived and in some instances contain lists of baptisms and burials performed by the minister.

Though the 1849 date for conversion to the county system was precise, some clerks continued to add to the District Marriage Registers for decades after the conversion resulting in some District Marriage Register entries being made as late as 1870.

If the marriage you are looking for was performed by an Anglican (Church of England) or Catholic (Roman Catholic) clergy, they will not be included in the District Marriage Registers. Only rarely, and much later in the District Period did Anglican and Catholic clergy submit marriage returns. However, just because your ancestor was a devote Anglican or Roman Catholic does not mean their marriage was performed by a minister of the Church of England or a priest of the Roman Catholic Church. When settlers in the woods wanted to get married they were not always willing to wait for months and months for the next Anglican minister to come by on horseback. In many areas it was too far to journey to a church or the weather was too bad to risk a long walk to the nearest church so settlers often opted to be married next minister that came by on horseback.

It is important to remember the District Clerk who recorded marriage returns from clergy into a register was only human and often made errors in transcribing the marriage returns or sometimes changed a surname that was spelled phonetically by a minister into what he believed was the proper spelling. Use your imagination when searching all surnames of interest. Try and imagine how the surname would be spelled if the spelling was based on how it sounds.

Keep in mind that in most cases, marriage returns were submitted by ministers who were circuit riders. If you cannot find a marriage you are looking for in one District, you would be well advised to search bordering districts. A minister on horseback in the wilds of Ontario had no idea when he crossed a political boundary such as a District or what we know as counties today. Many clergy simply sent a return to the Clerk of the District where the majority of their marriages were performed even though the return included marriages that were technically performed in an adjoining or different district.

These volumes are the most complete and accurate transcription of early Ontario marriages under the District System. Some organizations, individuals and online providers have transcribed some entries from the original District Marriage Registers That said nobody has produced a comprehensive transcription as complete and accurate as these. Each volumes' detailed product description includes a complete index so you can check to see who is included in that volume.

What is the District Vital Records of Upper Canada/Canada West series?

The District Vital Records of Upper Canada/Canada West series is designed to be a companion series to the District Marriage Registers of Upper Canada/Canada West. Not all original District Marriage registers have been located. Therefore some districts records are incomplete or competely missing. Also of note is that the District Marriage Registers were supposed to record marriages only, though some volumes also contain baptisms and burials. In an attempt to capture some of this lost early information for the districts, Dan Walker and Fawne Stratford-Devai, with the help of Marilyn Jackson and Brenda Young assembled and published more existing vital records including early birth, baptism, death and burial records as well as other vital records for the Niagara District (Niagara Penisula and south central Ontario), Gore District (south central Ontario) and Dalhousie District (Carleton County). Eight volumes were completed before the project ended and are included in the listing below The detailed descriptions of the District Vital Records of Upper Canada/Canada West volumes includes a detailed list of which specific records are available in that volume. Indexes are also included so you can check to see who is included in that volume.

A full set of District Marriage Registers of Upper Canada/Canada West (Ontario) and the District Vital Records of Upper Canada/Canada West (Ontario) are available for public use in the reading room at the Archives of Ontario in Toronto, and at Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa, as well as in reference libraries including the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. All volumes are in print and available for purchase in both printed and CD formats.


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



BOOK - Bathurst District Marriage Register 1831 - 1852 [Eastern Ontario]
By Dan Walker, Fawne Stratford-Devai
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 1999 (CD version 2013)
Includes all or part of the following contemporary counties: Lanark, Renfrew, Ottawa & Carleton. Townships included in the Bathurst District: Admaston, Bagot, Bathurst, Beckwith, Blithefield, Bromley, Dalhousie, Darling, Drummond, Fitzroy, Goulbourn, Horton, Huntley, Lanark, Lavant, MacNab, March, Nepean, Pakenham, Pembroke, Ramsay, Ross, Sherbrooke North, Sherbrooke South, Stafford, Torbolton and Westmeath.
ISBN 978-1-894571-10-4 (coilbound)     More information including an Index
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BOOK - Brock District Marriage Register 1839 - 1857 [Central & Western Ontario]
By Dan Walker, Fawne Stratford-Devai
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 1999 (CD version 2013)
Includes all or part of the following contemporary counties: Oxford, Brant & Middlesex. Surrounding contemporary counties include: Perth, Waterloo, city of Hamilton, Wentworth, Haldimand-Norfolk & Elgin. Townships that were part of the Brock District included: Blandford, Blenheim, Burford, Dereham, Nissouri, Norwich, Oakland, Oxford East, Oxford North, Oxford West, Zorra East and Zorra West.
ISBN 978-1-894571-02-9 (coilbound)     More information including an Index
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BOOK - Colborne District Marriage Register 1841-1857 [Central Ontario]
By Dan Walker, Fawne Stratford-Devai
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 1999 (CD version 2013)
In April of 1838 the District of Colborne was separated from the Newcastle District and included the present counties of Victoria and Peterborough and points to the north. This work includes a complete transcription of the original Colborne District Marriage Register and the original marriage returns sent by Ministers to the Clerk of the Peace. This book also includes a complete transcription of all returns in the register that is now called the Peterborough County Register (1841-1859). We have also supplemented the original register with the Marriage Register (1834-1857) of the Reverend John M. Roger, First Presbyterian Minister of the Newcastle District and the Marriage Register of the Reverend John MacMurchy (1842-1857) and 1842 baptisms from Rev. John MacMurchy.
ISBN 978-1-894571-12-8 (coilbound)     More information including an Index
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BOOK - Dalhousie District Vital Records of Upper Canada 1825-1869 [Eastern Ontario]
By Dan Walker, Fawne Stratford-Devai
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2005 (CD version 2013)
In March of 1838 the Dalhousie District was created out of townships from the Bathurst, Ottawa and Johnstown Districts. The Dalhousie District includes the present Carleton County. The District town was proclaimed as Bytown (renamed Ottawa in 1855). Townships in the Dalhousie District included Fitzroy, Gloucester, Goulbourne, North Gower, Huntley, March, Marlborough, Nepean, Osgoode, Torbolton and the town of Bytown (Ottawa).
ISBN 978-1-894571-68-5 (coilbound)     More information including an Index
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BOOK - Eastern District Marriage Register 1801-1865 [Eastern Ontario]
By Dan Walker, Fawne Stratford-Devai
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 1999 (CD version 2013)
Includes all or part of the following contemporary counties: Dundas, Stormont & Glengarry. Prescott and Russell. In October of 1792 the old District of Lunenburg (1788-1792) was renamed the Eastern District and included the present counties of Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry, Prescott, Russell, Leeds, Grenville and Carleton. In the Act of 1798, Proclaimed in 1800, the Counties of Leeds, Grenville and Carleton were separated out of the Eastern District to become the Johnstown District. In March of 1816, the counties of Prescott and Russell became the Ottawa District.
ISBN 978-1-894571-34-0 (coilbound)     More information including an Index
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BOOK - Gore District Marriage Register 1842-1856 [Central & Western Ontario]
By Dan Walker, Fawne Stratford-Devai
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 1999 (CD version 2013)
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. Includes all or part of the following contemporary counties: Lincoln, York,Hamilton-Wentworth, Halton, Wellington, Waterloo, Brant & Oxford. Surrounding contemporary counties include: Peel, Dufferin, Grey, Huron, Perth, Haldimand-Norfolk, Niagara.
ISBN 978-1-894571-36-4 (coilbound)     More information including an Index
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BOOK - Gore District Vital Records 1806-1869 [Central & Western Ontario]
By Dan Walker, Fawne Stratford-Devai
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2000-2005 (CD version 2013)
Includes early birth, baptism, death, burial and other vital records the Gore District which included the present counties of Wentworth, Halton, Brant Waterloo & Wellington, parts of Haldimand and Lincoln counties. In June of 1840, the counties of Waterloo and Wellington were separated out of the Gore District to form the Wellington District. An example of some of the towns and townships where vital event occurred and were reported in the Gore District Vital Record serries 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.
ISBN 978-1-894571-55-5 (Part 1); ISBN 978-1-894571-61-6 (Part 2); ISBN 978-1-894571-66-1 (Part 3) (coilbound)     More information including Indexes

Part One - Gore District Vital Records 1818-1857
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Part Two - Gore District Vital Records 1824-1869
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BOOK - 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)
This work Includes all or part of the following contemporary counties: York, Durham, Ontario, Simcoe, Wentworth, Halton, Brant & Peel. 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.
ISBN 978-1-894571-28-9 (Part 1); ISBN 978-1-894571-30-2 (Part 2); ISBN 978-1-894571-32-6 (Part 3); ISBN 978-1-894571-47-0 (Part 4) (coilbound)     More information including Indexes

Part One - Home District Marriage Registers 1808-1836
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Part Two - Home District Marriage Registers 1835-1843
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Part Three - Home District Marriage Registers 1843-1849
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Part Four - Home District Marriage Registers 1848-1857
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BOOK - Huron District Marriage Register 1841 - 1870 [South Western Ontario]
By Dan Walker, Fawne Stratford-Devai
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 1999 (CD version 2013)
Includes all or part of the following contemporary counties: Huron, Perth, Bruce, Grey & Middlesex. Surrounding contemporary counties include: Wellington, Waterloo, Oxford & Lambton. A bonus in this volume is that it also includes all Baptism, Marriage & Burial returns from clergy for the Huron District and the United Counties of Bruce and Huron.
ISBN 978-1-894571-04-3 (coilbound)     More information including an Index
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BOOK - Johnstown District Marriage Registers 1799-1863 (includes many baptisms and burials) [Eastern Ontario]
By Dan Walker, Fawne Stratford-Devai
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2000 (CD version 2013)
This work includes a complete transcription of the original Johnstown District Marriage Register and the original marriage returns sent by Ministers to the Clerk of the Peace. Includes all or part of the following contemporary counties: Leeds, Grenville, Carleton & Lanark. Surrounding contemporary counties include: Dundas, Frontenac & Renfrew.
ISBN 978-1-894571-18-0 (Part 1); ISBN 978-1-894571-20-3 (Part 2) (coilbound)     More information including Indexes

Part One - Johnstown District Marriage Registers 1799-1851
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Part Two - Johnstown District Marriage Registers 1847-1863
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BOOK - London District Marriage Register 1795-1852 [South Western Ontario]
By Dan Walker, Fawne Stratford-Devai
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2000 (CD version 2013)
Includes all or part of the following contemporary counties: Norfolk, Perth, Oxford, Middlesex, Huron, Haldimand. Townships part of the London District included: Adelaide, Aldborough, Bayham, Carrodoc, Delaware, Dorchester North, Dorchester South, Dunwich, Ekfrid, Lobo, London, Malahide, Metcalfe, Mosa, Nissouri West, Southwold, Westminster, Williams (although included as part of the Huron District after 1841) and Yarmouth as well as those townships that became part of the Talbot District after 1837 (Charlotteville, Houghton, Middleton, Rainham, Townsend, Walpole, Walsingham, Windham and Woodhouse); and townships that became part of the Brock District after 1839 (Blandford, Blenheim, Burford, Dereham, Nissouri East, Norwich South, Norwich North, Oakland, Oxford East, Oxford North, Oxford West, Zorra East and Zorra West); and those townships which became part of the Huron District in 1841 (Ashfield, Biddulph, Colborne, Goderich, Hay, Hullet, McGillivrary, McKillop, Stanley, Stephen, Tuckersmith, Usborne, and Wawanosh (all part of Huron County), Blanshard, Downie, Easthope North, Easthope South, Ellice, Fullerton, Gore of Downie, Hibbert and Logan (all part of Perth County). Surrounding contemporary counties include: Lambton, Elgin, Kent, Brant, Waterloo, Wellington, Bruce.
ISBN 978-1-894571-06-7 (Part 1); ISBN 978-1-894571-08-1 (Part 2) (coilbound)     More information including Indexes

Part One - London District Marriage Register 1795 - 1841
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Midland District Marriage Register
    To date no one has been able to locate the original Midland District Marriage Register. The district was originally bounded to the east by a line running north from the mouth of the Gananoque River and to the west by a line running north from the mouth of the Trent River. The district town was Kingston. In 1798, the district was reorganized to consist of the counties of Addington, Frontenac, Hastings, Lennox, and Prince Edward. In 1831, Prince Edward County was separated from Midland District to form Prince Edward District. In 1837, Hastings County was split off to form Victoria District. In 1849, the district was replaced by Frontenac and Lennox and Addington counties.

    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, those with ancestors who resided in the Midland District would be well advised to check the Indexes for the District Marriage Registes for the bordering districts: Johnstown District and the Bathurst District. Be sure to also check the parish registers for the churches that were in the area at the time that your ancestor resided there.

BOOK - Newcastle District Marriage Registers 1810-1855 [Central & Eastern Ontario]
By Dan Walker, Fawne Stratford-Devai
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2000 (CD version 2013)
Includes all or part of the following contemporary counties: Northumberland, Peterborough, Colborne, Victoria & Durham. Townships included in the Newcastle District, those with an * next to them became part of the Colborne District in 1841: Alnwick, *Asphodel, *Belmont, *Burleigh, Cartwright, Cavan, Clarke, Cramahe, Darlington, *Douro, *Dummer, *Eldon, *Emily, *Ennismore, *Fenelon, Haldimand, Hamilton, *Harvey, Hope, Manvers, *Mariposa, *Methuen, *Monaghan North, *Monaghan South, Murray, *Ops, *Otonabee, Percy, Seymour, *Smith and *Verulam. Surrounding contemporary counties include: Hastings, Haliburton, Muskoka, Simcoe & York.
ISBN 978-1-894571-06-7 (Part 1); ISBN 978-1-894571-08-1 (Part 2) (coilbound)     More information including Indexes

Part One - Newcastle District Marriage Registers 1810-1848
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BOOK - Niagara District Vital Records 1792 - 1869 [Central, Niagara & Western Ontario]
By Dan Walker, Fawne Stratford-Devai
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2000-2005 (CD version 2013)
This work Includes all or part of the following contemporary counties: Includes early birth, baptism, death and burial records for all or part of the following contemporary counties: Niagara, Lincoln, Welland, Haldimand and Norfolk. Surrounding contemporary counties include: Hamilton-Wentworth, Brant. An example of some of the towns and townships where events occurred and were reported in the Niagara District Vital Records transcriptios include: Niagara township, St. Catharines, Chippawa, Thorold township, Caistor township, Stamford, Moulton township, Grimsby, Louth township, the Falls, Crowland township, Gainsborough, Grantham, Humberstone, Newark (now Niagara-on-the-Lake), the town of Niagara, Queenston, Pelham township, Rainham township, Stamford township, Wainfleet township, the town of Dundas, Walpole township, Trafalgar, Saltfleet, the Grand River, Nelson township, Glanford township, Clinton township, Ancaster and many more areas not noted in the records.
ISBN 978-1-894571-51-7 (Part 1); ISBN 978-1-894571-53-1 (Part 2); ISBN 978-1-894571-57-9 (Part 3); ISBN 978-1-894571-59-3 (Part 4) (coilbound)     More information including Indexes

Part One - Niagara District Vital Records 1795-1856
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Part Two - Niagara District Vital Records 1792-1849
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Part Three - Niagara District Vital Records 1816-1866
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Part Four - Niagara District Vital Records 1820-1869
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BOOK - Ottawa District Marriage Register 1816 - 1853 [Eastern Ontario]
By Dan Walker, Fawne Stratford-Devai
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 1999 (CD version 2013)
Includes all or part of the following contemporary counties: Prescott, Russell & Carleton ( also some marriages from bordering Quebec townships). Surrounding contemporary counties include: Dundas, Stormont, Glengarry, Grenville, Lanark, Renfrew.
ISBN 978-1-894571-12-8 (coilbound)     More information including an Index
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BOOK - Prince Edward District Marriage Register 1833-1849 [Eastern Ontario]
By Dan Walker, Fawne Stratford-Devai
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 1999 (CD version 2013)
On the 16th of March 1831 Prince Edward County was separated from the Midland District and became recognized as a separate district as soon as jail and court house facilities were built. Picton became the District Town. However, it was not until the 6th of February 1834 that a court house and jail were established and the Prince Edward District formerly proclaimed. Effective that same year, marriage returns for Prince Edward County were required to be returned to the Clerk of the Peace in the District town of Picton.
ISBN 978-1-894571-45-6 (coilbound)     More information including an Index
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BOOK - Simcoe District Marriage Register 1842-1857 (includes Baptisms and Burials) [Central Ontario]
By Dan Walker, Fawne Stratford-Devai
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 1999 (CD version 2013)
Includes all or part of Simcoe County. Surrounding contemporary counties include: Muskoka, Victoria, Durham, York, Peel, Dufferin, Grey. Given the small size of the Simcoe District Marriage Register, baptism and Birth information from two Presbyterian churches have also been included. The Baptismal Register of First Canada Presbyterian Congregation of Essa 1835-1858 has been transcribed. These records are not yet microfilmed. The Birth Register of the Mono Mills Presbyterian Pastoral Charge (1831~ circa 1877) has been transcribed for inclusion in this publication with permission.
ISBN 978-1-894571-40-1 (coilbound)     More information including an Index
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BOOK - Talbot District Marriage Register 1837- 1857 [South Western Ontario]
By Dan Walker, Fawne Stratford-Devai
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 1999 (CD version 2013)
Includes all or part of the following modern counties: Haldimand and Norfolk. An example of some of the towns and townships where marriages occurred and were reported in the Talbot District Register include: Middleton, Windham, Norwich (Brock District), Woodhouse, Townsend, Charlotteville, Oakland (Brock District), Oxford Township (Brock District), Walsingham, Houghton, Walpole, Rainham, Dereham (Brock District), Burford (Brock District), Brantford (Gore District), Clinton (Niagara District), Simcoe, Blenheim (Brock District), Dumfries (Gore District), Wainfleet (Niagara District), Saltfleet (Niagara District), Town of Paris (Gore District), Bayham (London District), Tuscarora (Gore District), Canboro [Canborough] (Niagara District), Dunn (Niagara District), Mouton (Niagara District), Cayuga (Niagara District), Oneida (Gore District), and a number of other areas. Surrounding counties include: Hamilton-Wentworth, Brant, Oxford, and Elgin.
ISBN 978-1-894571-00-5 (coilbound)     More information including an Index
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BOOK - Victoria District Marriage Register 1839-1858 [Central, Eastern & Northern Ontario]
By Dan Walker, Fawne Stratford-Devai
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 1999 (CD version 2013)
In May of 1838 the Victoria District was separated from the Midland District (original registers have not been found as yet) and included the present Hastings County. 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. Surrounding contemporary counties include: Lennox & Addington, Renfrew, Haliburton, Peterborough, Northumberland.
ISBN 978-1-894571-40-1 (coilbound)     More information including an Index
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BOOK - Wellington District Marriage Registers 1840-1857 (includes many baptisms and burials) [Western & Central Ontario]
By Dan Walker, Fawne Stratford-Devai
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2000 (CD version 2013)
This work includes a complete transcription of the original Wellington District Marriage Register and the original marriage returns sent by Ministers to the Clerk of the Peace. Also included is a complete transcription of the separate baptism and burial registers kept by the Clerk of the Peace for the District. Part 2 includes baptisms & marriages of Fathers Campion & Cullen of the Dundas Mission 1827-1834, the Puslinch Presbyterian marriage and baptismal registers 1840-1857 as well as marriages from First United Church Galt (now Cambridge). Includes all or part of the following contemporary counties: Grey, Wellington & Dufferin
ISBN 978-1-894571-22-7 (Part 1); ISBN 978-1-894571-24-1 (Part 2) (coilbound)     More information including Indexes

Part One - Wellington District Marriage Registers 1840-1852
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Part Two - Wellington District Marriage Registers 1852-1857
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BOOK - Western District Marriage Register 1786-1856 [South-Western Ontario]
By Dan Walker, Fawne Stratford-Devai
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 1999 (CD version 2013)
Includes a complete transcription of both volumes of the district marriage register plus original marriage returns which include additional marriages + baptisms & burials. Includes all or part of the following contemporary counties: Lambton, Kent, Essex. Surrounding contemporary counties include: Elgin, Middlesex & Huron.
ISBN 978-1-894571-02-9 (coilbound)     More information including an Index
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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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