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Ontario, Canada
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Location of Ontario, Canada
Record Description
Record Type Birth, Marriages, Death
Collection years 1801-1948
Title in the Language Ontario, Church and Civil Records, 1801-1948
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
  • [Our Lady of the Angels Parish, Brudenell]
Ontario Bureau of Archives and Catholic Diocese of Pembroke and Archdiocese of Kingston and Ministry of consumer and Commercial Relations, Ontario.

What Is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes an index of selected births, baptisms, marriages, deaths, and burials from 1801-1948.

Nearly all important records in Ontario were recorded in church registers before 1869. At this time, many baptisms were performed in whatever church was nearest out of convenience. And because only certain denominations were legally allowed to perform marriages, couples sometimes had to be married by a priest or minister of a religion other than their own.

Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You will be able to browse through images in this collection when it is published.

What Can these Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may found in these records:


  • Birthdate
  • Name
  • Gender
  • Father’s name
  • Mother’s name and maiden name
  • Father’s occupation
  • Name and signature of informant
  • Date of registration
  • Name of accoucheur (male midwife)
  • Division


  • Name
  • Age
  • Residence
  • Place of Birth
  • Previous marital status
  • Occupation of groom
  • Religious denomination
  • Names of parents
  • Signatures of couple
  • Signatures and place of residence of witnesses
  • Pastor
  • County
  • Parish
  • Date of registration

Death and burial

  • Parent’s names if it is a child
  • Age
  • Husband’s name if deceased is a married woman
  • Place of burial
  • Date of death
  • Date of Burial

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

Digital Folder Number List[edit | edit source]

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

You will be able to search this collection when it is published.

View the Images[edit | edit source]

To view images in this collection:

  1. Look at the [DFNL URL Link Text] article to determine the folder/film number for the images you want to see
  2. Go to the Browse Page
  3. Select the Film number to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.  Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Look at an image of the original record. The original may contain information that was not recorded in the index.
  • Use the information you have found to find the person in census records.
  • Use any family members’ names included on the record to continue tracing the line.
  • Use any birth, marriage, or death dates found to search in other indexes.

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking for, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This can help you find possible relatives.
  • Search the records of nearby areas. (Add this phrase when you are sure that people crossed boundaries to record events. Do not send someone to another country. Don’t waste their time).
  • Check for other names. An individual might appear under an unexpected name for a variety of reasons:
- They might have been listed under a middle name, nickname, or abbreviation of their given name.
-A woman may have returned to her maiden name after the death of her husband.

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Canada.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Below are the proper citations to use for this whole collection as well as for individual records and images within it:

Collection Citation:
A citation will be available on the Collection Details page when the collection is published.
Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
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How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]

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