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Canadian: Religious Records
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For many regions of the world, the records associated with the ancestral place of worship are the backbone of genealogical research. Registers of baptism, marriage and burial are of great use prior to vital statistic registrations in Canada. In the early years of settlement, the Government passed laws which forbade certain groups from performing various services. This course will cover where to look for these registers and other religious records in Canada, what type of data you should expect to find, and how to evaluate what you have found. Information found can also provide stories that can be added to the family history.


Course Content

Module 1

Introduction to Canadian Religious Records
Why Church Records?
• What Denomination?
• Which Church?
• Finding the Records
• Examples of Reading “Between the Lines”
• The Church Archives
• Records in Private Hands
• Records Which Have Disappeared
• Church Records in Public Archives
• Printed Books of Church Records
 

Module 2
Denominations In Canada
 
Introduction
• Examples of Religious Groups
• Roman Catholic
• Lutherans
• Church of England
• Mennonites & Amish
• Congregationalist
• Baptist
• Presbyterian
• Reformed
• Quakers (Society of Friends)
• Methodist
• Evangelical
• United Brethren in Christ
• Disciples of Christ (Church of Christ)
• Brethren & Tunkers
• Moravians
• Irvingites
• Plymouth Brethren
• Adventists
• Jews
 
The United Church of Canada Archives
 

Module 3
Baptismal Records
Introduction 
Who could be baptized?
What will the records tell us?
• Examples of What Records Can Tell Us
• Presbyterian
• Anglican
• Roman Catholic
• Lutherans
 
What difficulties do baptismal records present to researchers?
• Example Involving Children
 
Where can I find a missing baptism?
Are records of ‘Believer’s Baptism’ of any use to genealogists?
What about Quaker birth records?
Should we bother with Godparents?
• Example Involving Godparents
 

Module 4
Marriages & Burials
Marriage Records
• Far-flung Marriages
• What will the marriage record tell us?
• Examples of Marriage Records
• What Are Banns?
 
Burials
Introduction
What will burial records tell us?
• Examples from Burial Records
 
Cemeteries
 

Module 5
Other Records
Introduction
Minutes of Annual or Business Meetings
Financial Records
Confirmations< /dd>
Membership Lists
Records of Subgroups or Other Organizations
Parish Census
Notes & Remarks
 

Module 6
Finding Helpful Background Information
Introduction
Denominational Histories
• Denominational Yearbooks or Annual Reports
Diocesan, Synod or Convention Histories
Congregational Histories
Regional Church Histories
Local Histories
Published Missionary Memoirs or Letters
Bibliographies
Histories of Religious Groups or Group Biographies
Finding These Books
 
 

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