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)
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.
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)
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