RG 80-27-1, Appendix A18
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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||Vol.||Description|| Archives of Ontario
||1||Registrations 1831-1852||MS 248, Reel 1||1030051|
||1A||Index to volume 1||MS 248, Reel 1||1030051|
||2||Registrations 1839-1857||MS 248, Reel 1||1030051|
||3||Index to volume 2||MS 248, Reel 1||1030051|
||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|
||25||Registrations 1801-1865||MS 412, Reel 1||928968|
||4||Registrations 1842-1856||MS 248, Reel 1||1030051|
||5||Index to volume 4||MS 248, Reel 1||1030051|
||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|
||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|
||8||Registrations 1826-1831 Marriage Register of Rev. James Harris (Presbyterian||MS 248, Reel 1||1030051|
||9||Index to Volume 8||MS 248, Reel 1||1030051|
||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|
||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|
||11||Registrations 1839-1848 Index at front of volume||MS 248, Reel 2||1030052|
||12||Registrations 1848-1857 Index at back of volume||MS 248, Reel 2||1030052|
||13||Registrations 1841-1849 (to pg. 11) Index at front of volume||MS 248, Reel 2||1030052|
||13||Registrations 1841-1870 (cont.) Also contains baptisms 1841-1868 and burials 1848-1868.||MS 248, Reel 3||1030053|
||14||Registrations 1799-1850||MS 248, Reel 3||1030053|
||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|
||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|
||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|
||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|
||18||Registrations 1850-1854. Index at front of volume Also contains baptisms 1825-1850 and burials 1849-1850.||MS 248, Reel 3||1030053|
||19||Registrations 1816-1853||MS 248, Reel 3||1030053|
||21||Registrations 1833-1849. Index at back of volume||MS 248, Reel 4||1030054|
||62||1842-1858||MS 248, Reel 14||1030064|
||21||Registrations 1838-1857||MS 248, Reel 4||1030054|
||22A||Index to volume 22||MS 248, Reel 4||1030054|
||23||Registrations 1839-1858||MS 248, Reel 4||1030054|
||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|
||26||Register A, 1786-1835||MS 205, Reel 13||N/A|
||27||Register B, 1822, 1834-1856||MS 205, Reel 13||N/A|