|Cardinal McGuigan at the 1947 wedding of his sister Alice |
at St. Michael's Cathedral.
Here in the archives, one of our jobs is to help people find their Catholic ancestors, so when we think of marriage we think of genealogy. In Ontario, civil marriage records before 1869 were kept by county governments. Before 1858, they were kept by district. Since Catholics are traditionally great record keepers, one way for genealogists to complement civil records is to search Church marriage registers.
One of the earliest marriage records held by ARCAT is from 1830:
Starting in 1858, after An Act to Amend the Laws relating to the Solemnization of Matrimony in Upper Canada, clergy were required to send marriage records to their local county officials. Marriage registers started looking like this:
|St. Michael's Cathedral Marriage Register starting 1858|
|St. Basil's Marriage Register starting 1858|
ARCAT holds a few original registers, but most are held by individual parishes. Originals are not available to researchers, but there are a few ways to access copies. Check the ARCAT page on the archdiocesan website to find the option that is best for you. We are always available to guide you in your search.