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Marriage Registrations: 1801 - 1938

The Archives of Ontario holds marriages registrations and the indexes (where they exist), from 1801 to 1938. Please note that there are numerous gaps in the pre-1869 marriage records.

Please note: Marriage registrations for 1938 are currently closed for digitization.  Please contact us if you require a copy of a 1987 marriage registration for legal or humanitarian reasons.
For registrations of marriages after 1938, please contact Service Ontario.

Where to find the records

Online at Ancestry – The following marriage records are available on  Free access to this site is available in the Archives of Ontario reading room and at all Ontario public libraries.

FamilySearch International - Registrations of marriages for [ca. 1801]-1927 are available on

On microfilm - Registrations and indexes of marriages for [ca. 1801]-1932 are available on microfilm, in the Archives of Ontario reading room and through Microfilm Interloan Service. For information on searching these records, consult these pathfinders:

For more information about these records

For more information about marriage registrations held at the Archives, consult research Guide 202, Vital Statistics Records - WordPDF.

Published transcripts and indexes to registrations of pre-1874 marriages (including records at other institutions) are available in the Archives of Ontario’s reading room. Those publications may also be available in public libraries and at historical and genealogical societies across Ontario. For more information,  consult Published Transcriptions and Indexes of Pre-1874 Marriage Records - WordPDF.

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