Métis Nation of Ontario
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Church Records

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Parish registers are an important source for information on births, baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials because many pre-date civil registration. Historical records may be held in the denomination archives. The Archives of Ontario has a limited collection of church records which are listed on the website. The guide Sources of Religious Records in Ontario lists contact information for major religious denominations within the province. Many of the thirty-two branches of the Ontario Genealogical Society may have indexes or access to church records for their area.

1.  Family History Library

The Family History Library has microfilm copies of many church records for Ontario. The following Roman Catholic Church records could be of interest to Métis researchers:

Beaverton – St. Joseph’s 1854 – 1910
Collingwood – St. Mary’s 1855 – 1910
Lafontaine – Ste. Croix 1856 – 1910
Midland – St. Margaret’s 1883 – 1910
Newmarket – St. John Chrysostom 1836 – 1906
Pembroke ----- 1856 – 1920
Penetanguishene – St. Anne’s 1846 - 1910
Port Arthur St. Andrew’s 1878 – 1910
Victoria Harbour – St. Andrew’s 1883 – 1910

2. Library and Archives Canada (LAC)

LAC holds a small collection of church records some of which are indexed by name. A list of these is found in the book A Checklist of Parish Registers- Répertoire de registres paroissiaux, 1986. Those that are indexed are being added to the LAC site Canadian Families.

Further Reading

  • Birkett, Patricia. Checklist of parish registers, 1986 - Répertoire de registres paroissiaux,1986. 4th edition:
    Ottawa: Manuscript Division, National Archives of Canada - Division des manuscripts, Archives nationales du Canada, 1987.


3. Institute Genealogique Drouin

The entire Drouin Collection contains vital, notarial, and other miscellaneous records from Quebec, as well as French Catholic parish records from Ontario, Acadia, and the U.S.  It has been produced manuscript or microfilm formats. It should be noted that the version that is part of the FHL is incomplete. Now it is also available at Ancestry.ca.

4. Ancestry.ca

Miscellaneous French Records (Drouin Collection), 1651-1941

This database contains miscellaneous French Catholic parish records from Ontario filmed by the Institut Généalogique Drouin. The records can also be searched by location and date. The lists of those parishes included in the collection are listed under the location bar.

Quebec Notarial Records (Drouin Collection), 1647-1942

This database contains notarial records from Quebec filmed by the Institut Généalogique Drouin. Notarial records include legal documents such as marriage contracts, wills, deeds, agreements, and inventories. Most of the records are written in French, but some records may be written in English, Latin, or Italian. The records can also be searched by location and date. The lists of those parishes included in the collection are listed under the location bar.

5. Programme de recherche en démographie historique (PRDH)
Research Programme in Historical Demography

This database has Roman Catholic baptisms, marriages and burials from Quebec parish registers from 1621 – 1799.  A simple search is available free; complete details are available for a fee.

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