|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. |
Introduction to Canadian Religious Records
Why Church Records?
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
Denominations In Canada
Examples of Religious Groups
Church of England
Mennonites & Amish
Quakers (Society of Friends)
United Brethren in Christ
Disciples of Christ (Church of Christ)
Brethren & Tunkers
The United Church of Canada Archives
Who could be baptized?
What will the records tell us?
Examples of What Records Can Tell Us
What difficulties do baptismal records present to researchers?
Example Involving Children
Where can I find a missing baptism?
Are records of Believers Baptism of any use to genealogists?
What about Quaker birth records?
Should we bother with Godparents?
Example Involving Godparents
Marriages & Burials
What will the marriage record tell us?
Examples of Marriage Records
What Are Banns?
What will burial records tell us?
Examples from Burial Records
Minutes of Annual or Business Meetings
Records of Subgroups or Other Organizations
Notes & Remarks
Finding Helpful Background Information
Denominational Yearbooks or Annual Reports
Diocesan, Synod or Convention Histories
Regional Church Histories
Published Missionary Memoirs or Letters
Histories of Religious Groups or Group Biographies
Finding These Books