Registered Births, Marriages, and Deaths in Canada - Library and Archives Canada (2023)


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  • database
  • search screen
  • How to interpret the results
  • How to get copies
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Registered Births, Marriages, and Deaths in Canada - Library and Archives Canada (1)

Important note

This database contains only references to the collections described inthe recordssection directly below. For information on where to search for other records, seeAnother resources.

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the records

Family events such as births, baptisms, marriages, deaths, and burials are central elements of genealogy and family research. These events are recorded in the church books and other official documents. Library and Archives Canada has a small collection of such documents, some of which are indexed by name.

This database contains only the references found in the following funds or collections:

St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Williamstown, Ontario (MG9-D7-14, Volumes 1 and 2, Microfilm C-3030)

This is a record of baptisms and marriages performed by the Rev. John Bethune, 1779-1817. Microfilm C-3030 is digitized at Héritage; the pages of this record start atImage number 321.

Miller, WJ Collection (Bill) (MG25-G370, Volumes 1 to 87, Microfilm H-1668 to H-1684)

These are genealogies compiled by Bill Miller covering 1,200 families.Leeds County, Ontario. Mr. Miller searched newspaper obituaries, census reports, church records, and other local sources. He created a page for each person with information and sources that he found about that person. He sometimes also attached copies of correspondence, certificates, advertisements, newspaper clippings, etc. The entries in this database are not from these individual pages but from the printed search instrument (FA1470) containing the surnames found in the collection. The page numbers provided in the database can be used to locate the actual pages containing the full names and available details. The pages are arranged alphabetically.

These microfilms have been digitizedlegacy.Note that the file page numbers provided in the database are not the same as the image numbers.

Kipling Collection (MG25-G62, index cards, microfilm H-1344)

Part of the Kipling collection consists of some 4,000 cards, compiled by Clarence Kipling from the following three parish registers of theRed River area of ​​Manitoba:

  • St. John's Anglican Church (some marriages and burials between 1820 and 1882)
  • St. Andrew's Anglican Church (some marriages and burials between 1835 and 1884)
  • St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church (some baptisms, weddings, and burials between 1824 and 1834)

All the data of these cards have been entered into this database (seedigitized maps on microfilm H-1344). The actual church records are not maintained by Library and Archives Canada. The records of the Anglican Church are in theRuperts Land Diocese Archivesin Winnipeg. The records of the Church of San Bonifacio are kept in theHeritage Center - Saint-Boniface Historical Society.

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Mr. Kipling also compiled more than 600 genealogical studies on the origins and descendants of the Red River settlers, the original fur traders, and servants of the Hudson's Bay Company and North West Company, spanning the years from about 1749 to 1884. He consulted various sources, including parish registers, census reports, Métis Scrip records, newspapers, and theBiographical Dictionary of Northwesterners.

consult theKipling Collection Help to find 1368 PDF 24.8 MBfor an alphabetical list of families included. The recordings are not available online. CanVisit Library and Archives of Canadato view the documents on the site ororder copies. Please provide the following file reference on the order form: MG25-G62, Volume 1, Name, Page Number(s).

Please note that the cards referenced in Finding Aid 1368 are the ones entered into that database as explained above.

Yukon Territorial Records, Marriage License Applications (RG91-B-4, Volume 76, Microfilm M-2883)

This series contains approximately 750 applications received by the Yukon Territory Licenser from 1901 to 1917. Each application includes the names and ages of both parties, as well as the date and place. Finding Aid 91-4 is the printed list of names used to create this database index.

Although the original records are in the Yukon archives, Library and Archives Canada has a copy on microfilm M-2883. This role is not available online. CanVisit Library and Archives of Canadato view this self-serve roll on the site, or you canorder copies. On the order form, please provide the following file reference: RG91-B-4, Volume 76, Names, License Number, Microfilm M-2883.

HeYukon-Fileit also owns some collections of church records.

Fondo Joseph E. and Arthur Gravelle (MG25-G271)

Arthur Gravelle and his son, Father Joseph E. Gravelle, collected genealogical information from a variety of sources, including church records and information from family members. The notes they took were written on cards (part of Finding Aid 1180) and the details from those cards entered into this database. The information relates to some families living in the following parts of eastern Ontario and western Quebec:

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  • Ontario: Arnprior, Astorville, Bonfield, Corbeil, Huntley, Packenham, Renfrew County (Eganville, Killaloe usw.) and St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Ottawa.
  • Quebec: Bouchette, Buckingham, Hull and Pontiac counties (Bristol, Clarendon, Shawville usw.).

No sources were given on the maps. To continue your research, we encourage you to visit ourgenealogy and family historyPages to know where and how to access different types of records.

Note that some of the cards contained newspaper clippings, such as obituaries. This information was not entered into the database. Also, for some last names, some of the cards appear to have been lost during the entry process. If you want to see the actual maps for yourself, you canVisit Library and Archives of Canada. The maps are available in a cabinet in the genealogy room on the third floor. Alternatively, you can hire a local researcher to consult the maps and other relevant sources on your behalf. SeeHiring a freelance researcher.


This database contains approximately 36,000 references to family events from the sources listed above in the descriptive section.the records. The database entries are in the original language of these records. Some of the documents are difficult to read, so some of the information may be incorrect or incomplete.

search screen

The search screen allows you to search for:

  • keyword
  • Last name
  • First name)
  • collection

ClickingShow/hide advanced search options, you can also search for the following additional fields. Please note, however, that not all of these details can be found in all entries. Therefore, we recommend that you keep your search as simple as possible. First, try just using the basic search screen.

  • father's last name
  • father's first name
  • mother's last name
  • Mother's name
  • spouse's last name
  • Name of spouse
  • birthdate
  • baptism date
  • wedding day
  • death date
  • burial date

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

Once you've entered your search terms, click Submit. The number of results found is displayed at the top of the search mask.

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How to interpret the results

Your search results will be published as a results summary list from which you can retrieve a description of the item.

search results page

The following fields are displayed on the search results page:

  • article number
  • Last name
  • First name)
  • community or place

Click on the underlined article number of a record to access the article page, which contains additional information about that record.

page of the article

The item page contains some, but not all, of the following fields:

  • Last name
  • First name)
  • To alter
  • Residence
  • father's last name
  • Father's name(s).
  • mother's last name
  • Mother's name(s).
  • spouse's last name
  • Spouse's name(s)
  • Spouse's place of residence
  • birthdate
  • baptism date
  • wedding day
  • death date
  • burial date
  • Community
  • priest
  • witnesses
  • Crown
  • catfish
  • Observations
  • money
  • Volume
  • page of book
  • Reference
  • to find help
  • Microfilm
  • Article number: This is not a document or reference number. It is the unique number assigned to each entry within a record.

To suggest a correction, click thesuggest a correctionLink to access an electronic form.

To return to the search results page, clickGive backYour browser button in the upper left corner of your screen.

How to get copies

Library and Archives Canada can provide copies of Yukon marriage license applications. See instructions below.the records.

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For the other collections, no further information is available or the records are accessible online or the records are located elsewhere. Each database entry refers to the inventory (collection). For more information about the entries you are interested in, please see the appropriate section below.the records.

Another resources

  • Life statistics: births, marriages and deaths
  • Locations: Find civil status registration information and links by province and territory
  • Provincial and Territorial Archives and Libraries
  • genealogical societies
  • religious archives
  • family search: The Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City, Utah, contains copies of genealogical records from many countries, including Canada. On your free site, use thehistorical recordsDatabase to search many indexes and digitized collections. Not all records are indexed by name. Click Browse by location to see what recordings are available by location. Be sure to click the "View All" button in the Canada or Province menu and also scroll down to see the "Image Only" menu. Use the FamilySearch Books link to view digitized genealogy books. Use the FamilySearch Catalog to find records that are on microfilm but not digitized.


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