Marriage Bonds, 1779-1858 - Upper & Lower Canada & Other Links

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Heres a link to the Upper Canada and Lower Canada Marriage Bonds from 1779-1858,

the page is filter searchable by names, and also switchable between Français or English. for those that aren't familiar with this site- Library and Archives Canada, if you wish to switch to English or French it is in the upper right hand Corner at the top, will show either "English" or will show  Français, depending which way the page is opened. just click the word at top to switch to the other language.

List of Marriage Licences Issued in Upper Canada (RG 5 B9) and Lower Canada (RG 4 B28) about 1803-1840

Acts of Divorce and other Matrimonial (Canada)

in The Tree House by Arora Anonymous G2G6 Pilot (113k points)
edited by Arora Anonymous

More information about the database:

"This database contains references to 7,899 marriage bonds for Upper Canada / Canada West and 2,960 for Lower Canada / Canada East."

"Couples who were to be married by a clergyman of the Anglican (Church of England) or Roman Catholic Church did not need a licence or a marriage bond. The only requirement was the reading of banns on three consecutive Sundays before the marriage.

A marriage licence was required if the marriage was to be performed by any other clergy or by a justice of the peace, or if the wedding was to take place where the couple were not residents. 

To obtain a licence, the bridegroom had to enter into a contract (bond) with the Crown, along with two sureties. They were people who knew him and were prepared to guarantee that no legal impediment existed to prevent the marriage or invalidate it. The amount of the bond (usually 200 pounds) was liable to forfeiture if grounds for invalidating the marriage were later found. "

thank you Craig for posting this, I was busy with offline stuff when I posted the links so didn't have time to put in details of any of them.. thank you!

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Thanks for sharing! It's a great discovery for me!

For Acts of Divorce and other Matrimonial, the Petitioner can either be the husband or the wife.
by Jonathan Boyer G2G6 Mach 1 (17.6k points)
selected by Arora Anonymous

your welcome, hope its all helpful..wink

Hey Jonathan, welcome to the site, we are 8th cousins once removed with 20 common ancestors already.  so.. hello to you cuz.  & happy hunting.

Wow! Hello cousin!!!

I just uploaded sources and data about my maternal grand-mother, but i am pretty sure that we also share some common ancestry with the Phaneuf/Fansworth.
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Arora: Thank you for the tip. I had never used it before. Anne
by A. Creighton G2G6 Pilot (657k points)
your welcome, I spend a lot of time in BAnQ (Quebec Archives) and BAC/LAC (Library and Archives Canada), I would have to say that when I can't find what I'm looking for in NS Archives, or BAnQ, after I've tried most of the local locations if I' still come up empty.. I go to the BAC/LAC, lots of wonderful ways to search, & lots of instructions on how to's.  so is an abundance of information, historical, factual, and archival.. just love it

edited to correct bckwards letters. lol
Did you look into Pistard database at BANQ? I have found some hidden gems about my ancestors.
I've been in and out of Pistard, some like it more than I do, maybe I'm not looking thru it correctly or in a proper manner.  I find that what is in Pistard- I usually have found the actual doc images within the BAnQ thru searching collections, or just general searches.. by glancing thru docs within these searches I'm usually able to find more.  doing simple searches in BAnQ like..  " Mariage, Antoine Boyer", or  "tutelle  or enfants, Antoine Boyer" will bring up infos.. depending on if the person was within the Nouvelle France quebec regions, and sometimes will also pull up some infos for other locations as well.  I've found lots about Acadians, doing searches for "colonies, or colonies, Acadie or  Acadia.  Pistard has helped me to find things that sometimes my searches just aren't bring up, so yes it is a good tool.
lol, they changed the name on it, Pistard has become Advitam, and unfortunately all the links that were from the old Pistard have not been redirrected, so you wind up in a general box when you try to use them later.
thank you Danielle for all infos.. jeez I can't stand when the archive sites, libraries, gov. offices change the site or names, and don't redirect the old.. there goes all those Pistard links that are surely on lots of profiles as  sources. will be another issue like had with NS St.Jean Bpt Archives.. all links to the archive docs had to be redone..rrghh
it's also true for the old census pages for 1666, 1667 and 1681 here, fortunately I have them linked in main category pages so I update when I see one.
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Very nice find Arora, thanks laugh

by Danielle Liard G2G6 Pilot (413k points)

you're welcome Danielle, I would've placed on projects but wasn't sure where so figured best to put her, so you and others can put in resources where needed.wink

for general sources like this, you create a space page and title it '' xyz'' (make sure the title gives location and general short description) with the full description in the text section and the link (s) also, and then put in the categories that are relevant, in this case they would be

 Category:Canada Genealogy Resources 

Category:Ontario Genealogy Resources 

 Category:Québec Genealogy Resources

Category:Sources by Name

Category:Québec, Sources

Ontario doesn't seem to have its own category yet for this line.

I know, looks like a lot, but we are working on making sources findable in the most relevant and easy ways.  Category picker can pull these up for you.

okey dokey, thank you again Daniellesmiley

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