Ontario, Roman Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Ontario, Roman Catholic Church Records, 1760-1923 .
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|Location of Ontario, Canada|
|Record Type||Church Records|
|Title in the Language|
|Dioceses and Archidioceses in Ontario|
- 1 What is in this Collection?
- 2 What Can these Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Known Issues with This Collection
- 7 Citing This Collection
- 8 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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:
- Sault Ste. Marie
- St. Catharines
- Thunder Bay
Records are included for the following archdioceses:
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:
Marriage records usually contain:
Death records usually contain:
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.
- Select County
- Select 'City/Town
- Select Parish
- 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.
|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at Ontario, Roman Catholic Church Records, 1760-1923. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.|
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
For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
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.
- "Ontario, Roman Catholic Church Records, 1760-1923" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Dioceses and Archidioceses in Ontario.
How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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