Ontario, Roman Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Ontario,  Canada
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Record Description
Record Type Church Records
Collection years 1760-1923
Languages English
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FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
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Dioceses and Archidioceses in Ontario


What is in this Collection?

This collection includes Catholic Church 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:

  • London
  • Moosonee
  • Pembroke
  • Peterborough
  • Sault Ste. Marie
  • St. Catharines
  • Thunder Bay
  • Timmins

Records are included for the following archdioceses:

  • Kingston
  • Ottawa
  • Toronto


To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Ontario, Roman Catholic Church Records, 1760-1923.


What Can these Records Tell Me?

Baptismal records usually contain:

  • 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:

  • 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:

  • Name and age of deceased
  • Birthplace of deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Name of officiating priest
  • Date of interment
 

Collection Content

Sample Images

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The name of a relative or date of the event

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page.

  1. Select County
  2. Select 'City/Town
  3. Select Parish
  4. Select Record Type and Year Range

How Do I Analyze the Results?

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.


For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

  • if you found a marriage, you could look for a baptism or christening in the same parish or a nearby parish and vice versa.
  • Use the information to find other records such as birth, marriage, census, land and death records.
  • Use the information to find additional family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

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

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name, especially French or Latin versions.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Ontario, Canada Genealogy.
  • Search in the Ontario Archives and Libraries.
  • Search in the FamilySearch Library Catalog

Known Issues with This Collection

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Citing This Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.  

Collection Citation:

"Ontario, Roman Catholic Church Records, 1760-1923" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Dioceses and Archidioceses in Ontario.


Image Citation:

When looking at an image, the citation is found 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, Roman Catholic Church Records, 1760-1923.


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