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District Marriage Registers - 1780-1858


The table below lists marriage registers from the districts across the province and indexes for these registers. These registrations were compiled by the District Clerks of the Peace under the authority of the 1831 Upper Canada Marriage Act and date predominantly from 1831-1858. They are among the earliest registrations of marriages available at the Archives of Ontario.

This series of records also includes some marriage certificates from the Johnstown District, as well as the personal registers of the Rev. James Harris (Home District) which include baptisms and entries concerning the dispensing of the Eucharist.

Use the table below to identify the reel of microfilm that contains the register that you need. You may then:

  • Consult the appropriate reel at our reading room on the ground floor, 134 Ian Macdonald Blvd., Toronto.

  • Borrow the reel through the Interlibrary Loan Department of your public library. Quote MS 248, MS 205 or MS 412 and the appropriate reel #. These reels cannot leave the borrowing library, so make sure to request them from a library that has a microfilm reader.

  • Borrow the film from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through their Family History Centres. The Family History Centres have a different numbering system than the Archives of Ontario. These FamilySearch conversion numbers have been provided in the right hand column of the table below or, for a complete list of all GSU conversion numbers, consult the Microfilm Conversion List.

Researchers are cautioned that the District and County boundaries in Upper Canada (1793-1841) and Canada West (1841-1867) were in a constant state of evolution. Many borders were fluid, especially when dealing with Aboriginal or unsurveyed lands. As settlement patterns shifted over time, surveyed townships were also passed between the different counties and districts.

In addition, many of the ministers submitting clergy returns were itinerate circuit riders, visiting a succession of scattered hamlets on each trip into the hinterland. Few ministers had any idea when they crossed the boundary between neighbouring Districts or knew what County they were in. Many ministers simply submitted their returns to the Clerk of the District where they lived or had performed the majority of their marriages.

As a result, researchers are strongly encouraged to search the returns of the neighbouring Districts for registrations that were assigned to the wrong area. Researchers should also consult the indexes published by Dan Walker for the most complete listing of marriages within each District (See Appendix B6).

District Marriage Registers - 1780-1858

District Vol. Description Archives of Ontario
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Reference
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Microfilm Reference
Bathurst
  • Lanark County;
  • Western part of Carleton County to 1838;
  • Eastern Part of Renfrew County.
1 Registrations 1831-1852 MS 248, Reel 1 1030051
Bathurst
  • Lanark County;
  • Western part of Carleton County to 1838;
  • Eastern Part of Renfrew County
1A Index to volume 1 MS 248, Reel 1 1030051
Brock
  • Oxford County after 1850;
  • Burford Township, Brant County
2 Registrations 1839-1857 MS 248, Reel 1 1030051
Brock
  • Oxford County after 1850;
  • Burford Township, Brant County
3 Index to volume 2 MS 248, Reel 1 1030051
Colborne
  • Peterborough County;
  • Victoria County
55 Registrations 1842-185 Births & baptisms 1841-1858, marriages 1841-1859 and deaths 1857 are listed in Series RG 80-27-2 (County Marriage Registers) in Volume 55 for Peterborough County MS 248, Reel 13 1030063
Eastern
  • Stormont County;
  • Dundas County;
  • Glengarry County
25 Registrations 1801-1865 MS 412, Reel 1 928968
Gore
  • Halton County;
  • Wentworth County;
  • Brant County except Burford Township;
  • Seneca and Oneida Townships, Haldimand County
4 Registrations 1842-1856 MS 248, Reel 1 1030051
Gore
  • Halton County;
  • Wentworth County;
  • Brant County except Burford Township;
  • Seneca and Oneida Townships, Haldimand County
5 Index to volume 4 MS 248, Reel 1 1030051
Home
  • Ontario, York and Peel Counties to 1850;
  • Simcoe County;
  • East half of Grey County to 1821
6 Registrations 1808-1830 Fifteen marriages registered by Stephen Heward, Home District Clerk of the Peace. Back of volume contains “Oath of Allegiance sworn by Colonel Richard Beasley and 23 others of the 2nd Regiment of the York Militia on March 25, April 4 and 10, 1812; and Extracts of all Inquisitions involving 22 persons declared aliens under The Alien Act and whose lands were vested with the Crown” MS 248, Reel 1 1030051
Home
  • Ontario, York and Peel Counties to 1850;
  • Simcoe County;
  • East half of Grey County to 1821
7 Registrations 1823-1841 Marriages (1823-1825) and Baptisms (1806-1844) registered by Rev. James Harris (Presbyterian).  Also includes entries re the dispensing of the Eucharist.  Index at front of volume. Baptisms are also indexed in the Original Index Books to Birth and Stillbirth Registrations RG 80-12-0-3, 1869, R-Z on MS 939, Reel 1 MS 248, Reel 1 1030051
Home
  • Ontario, York and Peel Counties to 1850;
  • Simcoe County;
  • East half of Grey County to 1821
8 Registrations 1826-1831 Marriage Register of Rev. James Harris (Presbyterian MS 248, Reel 1 1030051
Home
  • Ontario, York and Peel Counties to 1850;
  • Simcoe County;
  • East half of Grey County to 1821
9 Index to Volume 8 MS 248, Reel 1 1030051
Home
  • Ontario, York and Peel Counties to 1850;
  • Simcoe County;
  • East half of Grey County to 1821
10 Registrations 1831-1840 Index at the start of the volume (lists A-Z surnames, followed by supplementary “overflow” index pages) Registrations are on reel MS 248, Reel 2 MS 248, Reel 1 1030051
Home
  • Ontario, York and Peel Counties to 1850;
  • Simcoe County;
  • East half of Grey County to 1821
10 Registrations 1831-1840 (cont.) Remainder of supplementary “overflow” index pages at the start of the volume Registrations, pages 1 to end Additional supplementary “overflow” index pages at the end of the volume MS 248, Reel 2 1030052
Home
  • Ontario, York and Peel Counties to 1850;
  • Simcoe County;
  • East half of Grey County to 1821
11 Registrations 1839-1848 Index at front of volume MS 248, Reel 2 1030052
Home
  • Ontario, York and Peel Counties to 1850;
  • Simcoe County;
  • East half of Grey County to 1821
12 Registrations 1848-1857 Index at back of volume MS 248, Reel 2 1030052
Huron
  • Huron County except Morris and Grey Townships;
  • Perth County except Wallace Elma and Mornington Townships;
  • Biddulph and McGillivray, Middlesex County
13 Registrations 1841-1849 (to pg. 11) Index at front of volume MS 248, Reel 2 1030052
Huron
  • Huron County except Morris and Grey Townships;
  • Perth County except Wallace Elma and Mornington Townships;
  • Biddulph and McGillivray, Middlesex County.
13 Registrations 1841-1870 (cont.) Also contains baptisms 1841-1868 and burials 1848-1868. MS 248, Reel 3 1030053
Johnstown
  • United Counties of Leeds and Grenville
14 Registrations 1799-1850 MS 248, Reel 3 1030053
Johnstown
  • United Counties of Leeds and Grenville
14A Registrations 1804-1896 Marriage certificates issued by some of the Justices of the Peace in the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville. Arranged in chronological order. Also contains baptisms 1851-1858 and burials 1857. MS 248, Reel 3 1030053
Johnstown
  • United Counties of Leeds and Grenville
15 Index to Volume 14. For a more complete Johnstown District Index, use Library and Archives Canada reel C-3031 in the self-serve cabinets with the orange labels. MS 248, Reel 3 1030053
London
  • Middlesex County;
  • Elgin County
16 Registrations 1795-1855. For the London District marriages during 1784-1833, use Library and Archives Canada reel C-3031 in the Reading Room’s self-serve cabinets MS 248, Reel 3 1030053
Newcastle
  • Northumberland County;
  • Durham County
17 Registrations 1810-1851. Index at back of volume for Books "A" and "B". Book "A" is at Trent University Archives, Peterborough, Ontario. Book "B" forms Volume 17 MS 248, Reel 3 1030053
Newcastle
  • Northumberland County;
  • Durham County
18 Registrations 1850-1854. Index at front of volume Also contains baptisms 1825-1850 and burials 1849-1850. MS 248, Reel 3 1030053
Ottawa
  • Prescott County;
  • Russell County;
  • Glengarry County;
  • part of Carleton County;
  • Argenteuil, Hull, Grenville and Chatham Townships in Province of Quebec
19 Registrations 1816-1853 MS 248, Reel 3 1030053
Prince Edward
  • Prince Edward County
21 Registrations 1833-1849. Index at back of volume MS 248, Reel 4 1030054
Simcoe
  • Simcoe County
  • East half of Grey County
  • Dufferin County
62 1842-1858 MS 248, Reel 14 1030064
Talbot
  • Norfolk County;
  • Walpole and Rainham Townships, Haldimand County
21 Registrations 1838-1857 MS 248, Reel 4 1030054
Talbot
  • Norfolk County;
  • Walpole and Rainham Townships, Haldimand County
22A Index to volume 22 MS 248, Reel 4 1030054
Victoria
  • Hastings County after 1850
23 Registrations 1839-1858 MS 248, Reel 4 1030054
Victoria
  • Hastings County after 1850
24 Index to Volume 23 MS 248, Reel 4 1030054
Wellington District   Registrations 1840-1857 Register at Wellington County Museum and Archives, Road 18, Fergus, Ontario    
Western District
  • Essex County;
  • Kent County;
  • Lambton County
26 Register A, 1786-1835 MS 205, Reel 13 N/A
Western District
  • Essex County;
  • Kent County;
  • Lambton County
27 Register B, 1822, 1834-1856 MS 205, Reel 13 N/A

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