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Have you hit a brick wall with your Ontario County ancestors? Search for your family origins on Ontario County GenWeb. I hope this site will help you find that brick-wall ancestor.
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Church Records

You will need to consult church registers for records of baptisms, marriages, and burials before 1869. Do not neglect other denominations for an ancestor's records since very often the family simply used the nearest church for baptisms, regardless of their religion.

Marriages could only be performed by certain religious denominations at various times in Ontario's history. Briefly those time periods are:

  • Before 1793 only Anglican and Roman Catholic could perform marriages
  • 1793-1798 District clerks could now also perform marriages if a couple lived more than 18 miles from the nearest Anglican clergy. Some Lutheran and Presbyterian ministers did perform marriages although it was illegal.
  • 1798-1831 Anglican, Roman Catholic, Church of Scotland, Lutheran, and Calvinist clergy could now perform marriages.
  • 1831-1858 Methodists, Baptists, and Presbyterians were added to the religious denominations from 1798-1831 as those allowed to perform marriages.
  • 1858-1869 All clergy could perform marriages

Wesleyan Methodist Baptism Register for all Ontario from 1840

Church Records in Ontario look under your County of interest for more links to online records.


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