Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Ontario,  Canada
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Location of Ontario, Canada
Record Description
Record Type Marriages
Collection years 1869-1927
Languages English
Title in the Language Ontario Marriages
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Archives of Ontario

What is in this Collection?

The collection covers marriages from 1869 to 1927.

Registration of marriages began as early as 1801 in various districts and in counties formed from those districts. Province-wide registration by civil authorities of births, marriages, and deaths officially began in Ontario on 1 July 1869. A significantly complete registration was reached by 1930.

Some people in Ontario were married in the United States because requirements were less strict there than in Canada.

Only a few marriages were reported to district authorities between 1801 and 1831. Many more marriages were recorded in district marriage registers between 1831 and 1857. By 1858, the counties had become functioning governments in southern Ontario, and marriage registers were kept by counties.

From 1858 to 1869, the province required the counties to keep marriage registers. Clergymen of all faiths were supposed to record information from their parish registers in county marriage books.

Civil authorities requested local clergy to turn in copies of their marriage records to local governments. Copies of these copies were then made and forwarded to district or county authorities. Those copies were then copied into register books. Therefore, the register books are a copy of a copy of a copy of the original church records.

For more information about Ontario Marriages, see the article Ontario Vital Records.

Sample Images

Marriage records may contain the following information:
  • Full name of groom
  • Full name of bride with maiden name
  • Occupation of groom
  • Age of bride and groom
  • Name of father for bride and groom
  • Name of mother for bride and groom
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Place of birth for bride and groom

How Do I Search the Collection?

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What Do I Do Next?

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I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, Now What?

  • At certain periods of Ontario's history, only certain denominations were allowed to perform marriages. In many cases, individuals were married by a priest or minister of a religion other than their own.
  • Many people crossed the border and got married in the United States. A common place for people from Ontario to go to get married was Michigan, St. Clair, Port Huron. Some records from this area can be found in the Michigan Marriages collection.

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Collection Citation:

"Ontario, Marriages, 1869-1927."Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Registrar General. Archives of Ontario, Toronto.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927.

Image Citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927.

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