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Church Records

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Church Records - Pre-civil registration in Canada before 1869 - Before the Vital Statistics Act came into effect in 1869, records were not collected centrally by the government. To find these early records, researchers must refer to church records. Often you can find the religion of your ancestor from census information.

Ancestry Library Edition Database

The following topics relating to church records are available and may be searched in Ancestry Library Edition at any BPL public computer:

  • Ontario Marriage Notices 1830-1856
  • Ontario Roman Catholic Marriages 1827-1870
  • Marriage Notices of Ontario 1813-1854
  • French Canadian Catholic Church Records (Drouin Collection) 1741-1967
  • Please note that content is updated regularly so we suggest that you take the time to explore.

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