St. George's Anglican Church

City: 
St. Catharines, Ont.
Archives Predating 1869: 
Baptisms 1870
Fonds - Brief Description: 

St. George's Anglican Church (St. Catharines, Ont.) fonds. -- 1840-1996. -- 1.3 m of textual records.

St. George's is the oldest church in St. Catharines. The first subscriptions for the building of a church were received in 1796. By 1801 a wooden structure had been built. It was destroyed by fire in 1836 and replaced with a stone church which opened in July 1840. In the interim a schoolroom had been used for services. For a more complete history see the pamphlet, St. George's Anglican Church.

The fonds consists of parish registers containing statistical records, Vestry minutes and other documents. Most of the fonds has been microfilmed on 6 reels, numbered 89-91, 112-113, 331.

Title based on content of fonds.
Fonds on deposit. Ownership of the fonds resides with St. George's Church.
Finding aid available in hard copy and electronically.
Researchers are requested to use the microfilms. They must also sign an agreement of use form.
Further accruals are expected.


Finding Aid: 

Historical Notes

St. George's, the oldest and original "parish" church of St. Catharines, apparently dating back almost to the beginning of settlement in the area. The first subscriptions for the building of a parish church were received in 1796. In 1801 the original wooden structure was completed, a building 30' x 34', comfortably accommodating some 60 people. The building was gutted by fire in 1836 but plans were already being made for a new church, indeed the cornerstone had been laid in 1835 and the original building sold, with the proviso that it might still be used for services until the new structure was completed.

The first service was celebrated in the new stone church on July 4, 1840. In the years between this and the burning of the old building a schoolroom had been used for services (adjacent to the present church). The building was subsequently expanded considerably from its original 45' x 60' dimensions and transepts were added.

Note: The above information is taken from a lengthy account of the early years by a former Rector of St. George's, Rev. George N. Luxton. This account may be found in full in the Anglican Church Histories. There is a parish history (1891) in file #2 at the end of the series of Registers.

 


I - List of Parish Registers

  Microfilm
Reel
Parish Register A Baptisms 1870-1889 89
Parish Register B Baptisms 1889-1917
Confirmations 1885-1924
Marriages 1896-1906
Burials 1890-1917
89
Parish Register C Baptisms 1917-1925
Marriages 1918-1925
Burials 1917-1925
89
Parish Register D Parish History
Baptisms 1926-1930
Confirmations 1926-1930
Marriages 1926-1929
Burials 1926-1930
89
Parish Register E Baptisms 1931-1932
Confirmations 1931-1932
Burials 1931-1933
89
Parish Register F Baptisms 1932-1934
Confirmations 1933-1935
Burials 1933-1935
89
Parish Register G Baptisms 1934-1940 1st part 89
    2nd part 90
Parish Register H Baptisms 1940-1944 90
Parish Register I Baptisms 1949-1951 90
Parish Register J Baptisms 1951-1953 90
Parish Register K Baptisms 1953-1955 90
Parish Register L Baptisms 1955-1958 90
Parish Register M Baptisms 1958-1960 1st part 90
    2nd part 91
Parish Register N Baptisms 1960-1963 91
Parish Register O Confirmations 1935-1943 91
Parish Register P Confirmations 1944-1956 91
Parish Register Q Confirmations 1957-1970 91
Parish Register R Marriages 1840-1876 112
Parish Register S Marriages 1858-1869 112
Parish Register T Marriages 1876-1920 91
     
Parish Register U Marriages 1896-1911
(1896-1905 missing)
112
Parish Register V Marriages 1914-1921 112
Parish Register W Marriages 1921-1925 112
Parish Register X Marriages 1929-1932 112
Parish Register Y Marriages 1932-1935 113
Parish Register Z Marriages 1935-1938 113
Parish Register AA Marriages 1938-1940 113
Parish Register BB Marriages 1940-1942 113
Parish Register CC Marriages 1950-1955 91
Parish Register DD Marriages 1950-1955 1st part 91
    2nd part 92
Parish Register EE Marriages 1955-1963 92
Parish Register FF Marriages 1963-1969 113
Parish Register GG Baptisms 1840-1869
Confirmations 1843-1869
Burials 1840-1869
113
Parish Register HH Burials 1870-1899 92
Parish Register II Burials 1935-1954 92
Parish Register JJ Burials 1955-1967 92
Parish Register KK Vestry Minutes 1866-1898
and Declarations
113
Parish Register LL Vestry Minutes 1899-1911 113
Parish Register MM Baptisms 1944-1949 331
Parish Register NN Babtisms 1963-1987 331
Parish Register OO Marriages 1970-1978 331
Parish Register PP Marriages 1978-1987 331
Parish Register QQ Burials 1968-1981 331
Parish Register RR Burials 1982-1996 331
File #1 Miscellaneous,
Lists and Certificates
not filmed
File #2 Historic and Centenary Review (1891)
(includes early marriages, copied
from Niagara-on-the-Lake, St. Marks)
not filmed

II - Index of Statistical Records

a) Baptisms

  Microfilm
Reel
1840-1869 Parish Register GG 113
1870-1889 Parish Register A 89
1889-1917 Parish Register B 89
1917-1925 Parish Register C 89
1926-1930 Parish Register D 89
1931-1932 Parish Register E 89
1932-1934 Parish Register F 89
1934-1940 Parish Register G 1st part 89
    2nd part 90
1940-1944 Parish Register H 90
1944-1949 Parish Register MM 331
1949-1951 Parish Register I 90
1951-1953 Parish Register J 90
1953-1955 Parish Register K 90
1955-1958 Parish Register L 90
1958-1960 Parish Register M 1st part 90
    2nd part 91
1960-1963 Parish Register N 91
1963-1987 Parish Register NN 331

b) Confirmations

  Microfilm
Reel
1843-1869 Parish Register GG 113
1885-1924 ` Parish Register B 89
1926-1930 Parish Register D 89
1931-1932 Parish Register E 89
1933-1935 Parish Register F 89
1935-1943 Parish Register O 91
1944-1956 Parish Register P 91
1957-1970 Parish Register Q 91

c) Marriages

  Microfilm
Reel
1840-1876* Parish Register R 112
1858-1869 Parish Register S
(duplicate of R)
112
1876-1920 Parish Register T
(1896-1905 missing)
91
1896-1911 Parish Register U 112
1914-1921 Parish Register V 112
1921-1925 Parish Register W 112
1929-1932 Parish Register X 1st part 112
  (1926-1928 missing) 2nd part 113
1932-1935 Parish Register Y 113
1935-1938 Parish Register Z 113
1938-1940 Parish Register AA 113
1940-1942 Parish Register BB 113
1942-1950 Parish Register CC 91
1950-1955 Parish Register DD 1st part 91
    2nd part 92
1955-1963 Parish Register EE 92
1963-1969 Parish Register FF 113
1970-1978 Parish Register OO 331
1978-1987 Parish Register PP 331
*There are records of some early area Marriages copied from the Register at St. Mark's, Niagara-on-the-Lake, in the Parish History, File #2 (not filmed).

d) Burials

  Microfilm
Reel
1840-1869 Parish Register GG
(upside down)
113
1870-1899 Parish Register HH 92
1935-1954 Parish Register II 92
1955-1967 Parish Register JJ 92
1968-1981 Parish Register QQ 331
1982-1996 Parish Register RR 331

III - Other Records

a) Vestry Minutes

  Microfilm
Reel
1866-1898 Parish Register KK 113
1899-1911 Parish Register LL 113

b) Miscellaneous, Notes, etc.

  Microfilm
Reel
File #1 Contains blank marriage certificates
from 1930's.
Notes of baptisms on loose sheets c. 1917
(recorded in Parish Register).
List of confirmation candidates, undated.
not filmed