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From: "Claude Smith" <>
Subject: [ONT] Ontario Register
Date: Wed, 5 Apr 2000 08:18:50 -0400
The answer to the question recently asked by Dianne in Saskatchewan about
the "Ontario Register, 1780's - 1870's" may be of interest to many members
of this list.
The version that I have is a CD marketed by Family Tree Maker. Some people
may have access to the "book versions" of these records. The information
that follows is taken from the Introduction to the CD.
The Ontario Register, 1780s-1870s is a collection of genealogical records,
which includes vital records as well as family histories, contains a wealth
of information about residents of Canada and their descendants during the
1700s and 1800s. This Family Archive contains images of the pages from the
* "The Ontario Register, Volumes 1-8"
* "Ontarian Families: Genealogies of United Empire Loyalists and other
Pioneer Families of Upper Canada, Volumes 1 and 2"
* "Marriage Bonds of Ontario, 1803-1834"
* "Marriage Notices of Ontario"
* "Ontario Marriage Notices"
* "Death Notices of Ontario"
* "The Loyalists in Ontario: The Sons and Daughters of the American
Loyalists of Upper Canada"
* "The Old United Empire Loyalists List"
* "Directory of the Province of Ontario 1857 with a Gazeteer"
Combined, these volumes reference the names of approximately 230,000
individuals and include records from the 1780s through the 1870s. While
most of the individuals listed are from Ontario, Canada, some are from the
United States. What you can learn about each listed individual varies,
depending on the record. However, in this collection you will find records
ranging from baptismal, marriage, and death records to cemetery inscriptions
and family histories. From these records you can learn a great deal about
an individual including that person's full name, residence, and occupation.
Also, you may learn the dates and locations of important family events, as
well as the names of the participants, witnesses, or family members.
The eight volumes of "The Ontario Register" contain information from
marriage and baptism records to cemetery inscriptions and militia returns.
Also, some of these volumes list church rosters and deeds of note.
The volumes "Marriage Notices of Ontario" and "Ontario Marriage Notices" are
based on extracts from more than thirty Canadian newspapers and periodicals
published between 1813 and 1854. For the most part, the records note first
and last names of the bride and groom, their occupations, and the marriage
date and location. Some of the records note whether the marriage was a
first or second marriage and often list the name of the individual who
performed the ceremony.
Similarly, the records collected in "Marriage Bonds of Ontario, 1803-1834"
list the first and last names of the bride and groom, their occupations, and
the marriage date and location. Some of the records list the names of
witnesses or family members. Full abstracts of these records, which
previously were available only on microfilm, have been made through the
cooperation of the Public Archives of Canada. This volume also includes an
"Index of Places" which indicates where the marriage bonds were issued and
which areas are included in the book.
"Death Notices of Ontario" is a companion volume to "Marriage Notices of
Ontario" and covers the years 1810 through 1849. These notices contain
information such as an individual's age at death, occupation, and residence
as well as the names of family members.
Conveniently collected in two volumes, the records compiled in "Ontarian
Families: Genealogies of United Empire Loyalist and Other Pioneer Families
of Upper Canada," contain a variety of information about early Canadian
families. The information includes an individual's first and last name as
well as birth, marriage, and death dates. Also, these volumes contain
miscellaneous family history information.
Like "Ontarian Families," the two volumes "The Loyalists in Ontario: The
Sons and Daughters of the American Loyalists of Upper Canada" and "The Old
United Empire Loyalists List" contain information on Loyalist families who
settled in Ontario. "The Loyalists in Ontario" contains information
collected when sons and daughters of Loyalists petitioned for land granted
to them following the Revolutionary War. "The Old United Empire Loyalists
List" notes Loyalists and their activity. These volumes include a great
variety of information including family group records, and birth, marriage,
and death records. You can learn information such as full name, residence,
family members, military status, and occupation.
Originally compiled in 1857, the "Directory of the Province of Ontario 1857"
lists the residents of various municipalities and localities of Ontario.
The directory includes a wide spectrum of individuals from across the
province (from business and professional people to tradesmen). It lists not
only an individual's name and residence but also the person's occupation as
well. Some of the records include street addresses. Information was
obtained from correspondents within the various communities, often the local
postmaster. This volume also includes a gazeteer which contains information
about the various towns and municipalities listed in the directory.
All of the volumes were provided to Broderbund by Thomas B. Wilson and
published by Hunterdon House.