Births, Marriages and Deaths Recorded in Canada

The Marquis family
The Marquis family

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The Records

Family events such as baptisms, marriages and burials are key elements of genealogy and family history research. From early times to the present, these events have been recorded in church records and in other official documents. Library and Archives Canada holds a small collection of such documents, some of which are indexed by name.

This database includes references found within the following fonds or collections:

  • St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Williamstown, Ontario (MIKAN 103317)

    Register of baptisms and marriages performed by Rev. John Bethune, 1779-1817. (Microfilm C-3030)

  • Miller, W.J. (Bill) Collection (MIKAN 105923)

    Genealogies compiled by Bill Miller relating to 1,200 families of Leeds County, Ontario. Mr. Miller searched newspaper obituaries, census returns, church records and other local sources. He created a page for each individual with information and sources. In some cases, he also included copies of correspondence, certificates, announcements, newspaper clippings, etc. (microfilms H-1668 to H-1684)

  • Kipling Collection (MIKAN 101228)

    Part of the Kipling Collection consists of about 4,000 index cards prepared by Clarence Kipling from three parish registers of the Red River area of Manitoba. The transcribed information on the cards is available, not the actual registers. The Anglican Church records are held at the Archives of the Diocese of Rupert's Land in Winnipeg. The St. Boniface church records are held at the Heritage Centre - La Société historique de Saint-Boniface (français seulement)(microfilms H-1344 and H-1345).

  • Yukon Territorial Records, Application for Marriage Licenses (MIKAN 143834) (microfilm M-2883)

    The series contains about 750 applications received by the Issuer of Licenses of the Yukon Territory from 1901 to 1917. Each application contains the names and ages of both parties as well as the date and place. The original records are held at the Yukon Archives (microfilm M-2883). The Yukon Archives also holds marriage licenses for the Anglican Church, Diocese of Yukon, from 1903 to 1927 and also for the St. Paul's Anglican Church of Dawson City from 1910 to 1964.

  • Joseph E. and Arthur Gravelle Fonds (MIKAN 99715)

    Part of this fonds consists of about 28,000 index cards prepared by Arthur and Joseph E. Gravelle from the parish registers of various counties in Ontario and Papineau County in Quebec. The transcribed information on the cards is available, not the actual registers.

The Database

This research tool provides access to 36,429 references to family events recorded in church records and other documents. Staff members originally created indexes to these records. Information was input into this database and the records were consulted to verify the original indexing. The database content is in the original language of the documents. Some of the original documents are difficult to read, therefore some information may be incorrect or incomplete.

Search Screen

The search screen enables you to search by:

  • Keyword
  • Surname
  • Given name(s)
  • Collection

By clicking on Hide/Show Advanced Search Options, you will also be able to search by:

  • Father's surname
  • Father's Given Name
  • Mother's Surname
  • Mother's Given Name
  • Spouse's Surname
  • Spouse's Given Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Date of Baptism
  • Date of Marriage
  • Date of Death
  • Date of Burial

Names are spelled as they appear on the documents. You can try spelling variations of names or use the wildcard character (*). You can limit your search by selecting a collection.

When you have entered your search terms, slick on 'Submit'. The number of hits found will be shown at the top of the search screen.

How to Interpret the Results

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The search results page displays the following fields:

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Click on the underlined Item Number of a record to access the Item page, which contains additional information specific to that record.

Item Page

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  • Surname
  • Given Name(s)
  • Age
  • Residence
  • Father's Surname
  • Father's Given Name(s)
  • Mother's Surname
  • Mother's Given Name(s)
  • Spouse's Surname
  • Spouse's Given Name(s)
  • Spouse's Residence
  • Date of Birth
  • Date of Baptism
  • Date of Marriage
  • Date of Death
  • Date of Burial
  • Parish
  • Priest
  • Witnesses
  • Godfather
  • Godmother
  • Notes
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Some of the original documents are difficult to read therefore some information in the database may be incorrect and/or incomplete. Please note that Library and Archives Canada does not provide transcription and translation services. Contact your local genealogical society for assistance.

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