Ontario, Roman Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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- 1 Record Description
- 2 Record Content
- 3 How to Use the Record
- 4 Known Issues with This Collection
- 5 Related Websites
- 6 Related Wiki Articles
- 7 Contributions to This Article
- 8 Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections
This collection will include records from 1760 to 1923.
This collection includes Catholic Church records from various Ontario parishes. The records include baptisms, marriages and deaths. Church records are an important way to track ancestors prior to civil registration. Civil registration began in Ontario in 1869 but was not fully implemented until 1930.
Records are included for the following dioceses:
- Sault Ste. Marie
- St. Catharines
- Thunder Bay
Records are included for the following archdioceses:
For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.
Citation for This Collection
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
- "Ontario, Roman Catholic Church Records, 1760-1923" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Dioceses and Archidioceses in Ontario.
Baptismal records usually contain the following information:
- Name of child
- Date and place of baptism
- Date of child's birth
- Legitimacy declared
- Name of parents
- Names of sponsors/witnesses
- Name of priest performing baptism
Marriage records usually contain the following information:
- Name of groom, his age and residence
- Groom's birthplace
- Groom's marital status and occupation
- Groom's religious denomination
- Names of groom's parents, including maiden name of mother
- Name of bride, her age and residence
- Bride's birthplace
- Bride's marital status and occupation
- Names of bride's parents, including maiden name of mother
- Married by license of banns
- Names of witnesses and their residence
- Name of officiating priest
Death records usually contain the following information:
- Name and age of deceased
- Birthplace of deceased
- Date and place of death
- Cause of death
- Name of officiating priest
- Date of interment
How to Use the Record
To begin your search in the birth records, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
- Name of parents
- Approximate year and place of birth
To begin your search in the marriage records, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
- Name of bride or groom
- Approximate year and place of marriage
To begin your search in the death records, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
- Name of deceased
- Approximate year and place of death
Search the Collection
To search the collection image by image
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page:
⇒Select the appropriate "County"
⇒Select the appropriate "City/Town"
⇒Select the appropriate "Parish"
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type and Year Range" which will take you to the images.
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:
- There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
- You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
- Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
Unable to Find Your Ancestor?
- Indexes to church records are valuable tools to locate families in Canada, especially in the absence of census indexes, many of these indexes are of French Canadian families.
- Small villages which did not have their own church were designated as belonging to a particular parish. Over time, some villages, chapelries, or "missions" may have belonged to several parishes as jurisdictions changed.
General Information About These Records
Church records were kept at the local parish of the church. A parish is a local congregation that may include many villages. Your ancestor may have lived in a village and belonged to a parish in a nearby larger town.
Known Issues with This Collection
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Contributions to This Article
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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections
When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.
Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection
“Ontario Roman Catholic Church Records, 1760-1923,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 7 March 2012), Nipissing > Astorville > St Thomas Aquinas > Baptisms, marriages, burials 1889-1900 > image 1 of 87.