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Marriage Registrations: 1801 - 1942

The Archives of Ontario holds marriage registrations and the indexes (where they exist), from 1801 to 1942. Please note that there are numerous gaps in the pre-1869 marriage records.

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- 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 the Microfilm Interloan Service. Marriage registrations for 1940-1942 are closed for digitization. We are actively working with Ancestry to make these records available online. If you require a certified copy of a marriage registration in our holdings for legal or humanitarian purposes, please contact the reference team at the Archives of Ontario by emailing, or by calling 416-327-1600, or toll-free within Ontario at 1-800-668-9933.

Click on the links below to access microfilm lists directly: 

For step-by-step instructions on searching these records, consult these pathfinders: 

  • Pathfinder to Marriage Registrations - WordPDF  

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 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.

Click here to view examples of marriage registrations.

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