St. George's Anglican Church

City: 
Guelph, Ont.
Full Location: 
Archives Predating 1869: 
Baptisms 1833, Marriages 1832, Burials 1833
Fonds - Brief Description: 

St. George's Anglican Church (Guelph, Ont.) fonds. -- 1832-1975. -- 1.2 m of textual records.

Rev. Arthur Palmer was appointed rector for Guelph in 1832. In the spring of 1833 a wooden church was built in St. George's Square. This church was replaced with a stone one with the corner stone being laid in July 1851. In April 1873 a third church was built on Woolwich Street. It was consecrated in 1879. For a more complete history see History of St. George's Parish, 1832-1932.

The fonds consists of parish registers containing statistical records, services, Vestry, Parish Council and Young People's Association minutes and Sunday School records, financial registers, correspondence, legal and other documents. Most of the fonds has been microfilmed on 6 reels of microfilm, numbered 154-157, 284-285.

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

The Reverend John Miller of Ancaster visited Guelph at the request of the congregation and of the Bishop of Quebec in July of 1831 and baptised twenty children in the school house. The area did not acquire its own rector until the Reverend Arthur Palmer arrived from Ireland in September 1832. In the spring of 1833 the first wooden church was opened for worship in St. George's Square. Lands for the building of a rectory were granted in 1836 but the house was rented out as it was too far distant from the church.

The corner stone of the new stone church, built upon the same site as the original St. George's was laid in July 1851 and in 1856 a new stone rectory was erected by Reverend Palmer. In April 1873 the third St. George's was opened on Woolwich Street. Having closely supervised the building of the new church Reverend Palmer resigned his position as rector and retired to England in 1875. The new church was consecrated in 1879 and also in this year a new rectory was completed. With the growth in the Anglican population of Guelph it was decided to divide the parish and the first meeting in connection with the new St. James' Parish was held in March, 1890. A further division took place in 1925 when part of the area formerly administered by St. George's received its own church, St. Patrick's.

Note: For further information on the history of the parish the researcher is directed to the lengthy and informative account in the Church Histories, Vol. II, and the history of the Church in the filing cabinet.

 


I - List of Parish Registers

a) Statistical

  Microfilm
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Parish Register A Baptisms Jan. 1833-July 1840
Marriages Nov. 1832-Dec. 1838
Burials 1833-1839
154
Parish Registers B Baptisms Jan. 1840-Mar. 1849
Marriages Jan. 1839-Mar. 1849
Burials Feb. 1840-Feb. 1849
154
Parish Register C Baptisms Apr. 1849-Feb. 1865 155
Parish Register D Marriages May 1849-July 1878 155
Parish Register E Burials Apr. 1849-Dec. 1878 155
Parish Register F Baptisms Mar. 1865-May 1887 155
Parish Register G Marriages Oct. 1857-Nov. 1875
duplicates of the
entries in Parish
Register D.
154
Parish Register H Baptisms July 1887-June 1899
Marriages Mar. 1878-June 1894
Burials Oct. 1883-Dec. 1891
155
Parish Register I Burials April 1924-Dec. 1975 155
Parish Register J Baptisms Aug. 1899-Mar. 1923
Marriages July 1894-Aug. 1906
Burials July 1894-Apr. 1924
Confirmations 1901-1923
156
Parish Register K Baptisms Dec. 1923-June 1955 156
Parish Register L Baptisms July 1955-Sept. 1957 156
Parish Register M Baptisms Oct. 1957-Sept. 1959 156
Parish Register N Baptisms Sept. 1959-Dec. 1961 156
Parish Register O Marriages Aug. 1906-Feb. 1915 156
Parish Register P Marriages Feb. 1915-June 1929 157
Parish Register Q Marriages June 1929-Oct. 1937 157
Parish Register R Marriages Oct. 1937-July 1951 157
Parish Register S Marriages Aug. 1951-Mar. 1957 154, 158
Parish Register T Marriages Apr. 1957-Oct. 1962 158
Parish Register U Marriages Nov. 1962-Aug. 1968 158
Parish Register V Marriages Aug. 1968-July 1973 157

b) General

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Parish Register W* Offerings and Services
1892-1905
158
Parish Register X* Services 1902-1904
With Communicants 1902, 1903
158
Parish Register Y* Services July 1918-May 1927 145
Parish Register Z* Services May 1927-Apr. 1936 145
Parish Register AA* Services Apr. 1936-Oct. 1943 145
Parish Register BB* Services Oct. 1943-Feb. 1949 145
Parish Register CC* Services Feb. 1949-July 1955 145
Parish Register DD*
(*originals returned to Church, February 4, 1982.)
Services May 1959-Dec. 1970(Chapel) 145
Parish Register EE Vestry Minutes
Feb. 1834-Apr. 1869
158
Parish Register FF Vestry Minutes
Mar. 1869-oct. 1918
158
Parish Register GG Parish Council Minutes
1961-1972
158, 146
Parish Register HH Sunday School Record Book
1886-1893
146
Parish Register II Sunday School Attendance Book
1894-1906
146
Parish Register JJ Sunday School Attendance
and Cash Book
1919-1942
146
Parish Register KK Sunday School Minutes
Jan. 1924-May 1934
(Teachers' and Officers' meetings)
145
Parish Register LL Sunday School Weekly Record Book
1924-1934
145
Parish Register MM Sunday School Attendance Book
1913-1936
146
Parish Register NN Sunday School Attendance Book
1936-1938
145
Parish Register OO Sunday School Attendance Book
1955-1957
145
Parish Register PP Sunday School Attendance Book
1954-1955
145
Parish Register QQ Sunday School Attendance Book
1958-1961
145
Parish Register RR A.Y.P.A. Minutes
May 1940-Jan. 1946
146
Parish Register SS A.Y.P.A. Minutes
Jan. 1946-Oct. 1949
146
Parish Register TT A.Y.P.A. Minutes
Nov. 1949-June 1957
146
Parish Register UU A.Y.P.A. Accounts
1912-1919
145
Parish Register VV

Correspondence, Legal Documents, etc. -- See Box #1

Women's Auxiliary;
Report of the Little Helpers
1953-1968
145
Parish Register WW Baptisms Jan. 1962-Apr. 1981 284
Parish Register XX Marriages Aug. 1973-May 1978 284
Parish Register YY
Parish Register ZZ
Marriages June 1978-Aug. 1982
Marriages Aug./ 1982-Nov. 1986
285
Parish Register A(1)Burials June 1976-Dec. 1989 285
Parish Register A(2) CHI-RHO Fellowship Minutes

Parts 1-3, 1948-1955

Note: CHI-RHO cashbook, 1960-1976, is shelved with the Minutes but has no Register number.

not filmed

not filmed

c) Financial

  Microfilm
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Financial Register F(1) Accounts Ledger
1874-1902,
includes Pew Rentals
146
Financial Register F(2) Index Book to accompany F(1) 146
Financial Register F(3) Accounts Ledger
1927-1931
146, 147
Financial Register F(4) Accounts Ledger
1932-1937
147
Financial Register F(5) Accounts Ledger
1938-1942
147
Financial Register F(6) Accounts Ledger
1942-1945
147
Financial Register F(7) Accounts Ledger
1945-1951
147
Financial Register F(8) Accounts Ledger
1952-1959
147
Financial Register F(9) Accounts Ledger
1960-1965
147
Financial Register F(10) Accounts Ledger
1966-1971
147
Financial Register F(11) Pew Rentals and Offertories
1910-1912
148
Financial Register F(12) Organ, Carillon and
Clock Account
1953-1972
145
Financial Register F(14) Special Reserve and
Memorial Accounts
1964-1974
145
Financial Register F(15) Presentation Fund
1943-1944
148
Financial Register F(16) Envelope Accounts, undated
(probably c. the one below)
148
Financial Register F(17) Envelope Accounts 1943 148

II - Index of Statistical Records

a) Baptisms

  Microfilm
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Jan. 1833-July 1840 Parish Register A 154
Jan. 1840-Mar. 1849 Parish Register B 154
Apr. 1849-Feb. 1865 Parish Register C 155
Mar. 1865-May 1887 Parish Register F 155
July 1887-June 1899 Parish Register H 155
Aug. 1899-Mar. 1923 Parish Register J 156
Dec. 1923-June 1955 Parish Register K 156
July 1955-Sept. 1957 Parish Register L 156
Oct. 1957-Sept. 1959 Parish Register M 156
Sept. 1959-Dec. 1961 Parish Register N 156
Jan. 1962-Apr. 1981 Parish Register WW 284

b) Confirmations

  Microfilm
Reel
1901-1923 Parish Register J 156

c) Marriages

  Microfilm
Reel
Nov. 1832-Dec. 1838 Parish Register A 154
Jan. 1839-Mar. 1849 Parish Register B 154
May 1849-July 1878 Parish Register D 155
Oct. 1857-Nov. 1875 Parish Register G
(duplicates of
the entries in D)
154
Mar. 1878-June 1894 Parish Register H 155
July 1894-Aug. 1906 Parish Register J 156
Aug. 1906-Feb. 1915 Parish Register O 156
Feb. 1915-June 1929 Parish Register P 157
June 1929-Oct. 1937 Parish Register Q 157
Oct. 1937-July 1951 Parish Register R 157
Aug. 1951-Mar. 1957 Parish Register S 154, 158
Apr. 1957-Oct. 1962 Parish Register T 158
Nov. 1962-Aug. 1968
(loaned to the church, March 25 1981)
Parish Register U 158
Aug. 1968-July 1973 Parish Register V 157
Aug. 1973-May 1978 Parish Register XX 284
June 1978-Aug. 28 1982 Parish Register YY 285
Aug. 1982-Nov. 1986 Parish Register ZZ 285

d) Burials

  Microfilm
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1833-1839 Parish Register A 154
Feb. 1840-Feb. 1849 Parish Register B 154
Apr. 1849-July 1878 Parish Register D 155
Oct. 1883-Dec. 1891 Parish Register H 155
July 1894-Apr. 1924 Parish Register J 156
Apr. 1924-Dec. 1975 Parish Register I 155
Jan. 1976-Dec. 1989 Parish Register A(1) 285

III - Index of General Records

a) Service Books

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1892-1905 Parish Register W* 158
1902-1904 Parish Register X* 158
July 1918-May 1927 Parish Register Y* 145
May 1927-Apr. 1936 Parish Register Z* 145
Apr. 1936-Oct. 1943 Parish Register AA* 145
Oct. 1943-Feb. 1949 Parish Register BB* 145
Feb. 1949-July 1955 Parish Register CC*(Chapel) 145
*These records were returned to the church at their
request February 4, 1982.    

b) Vestry Minutes

  Microfilm
Reel
Feb. 1834-Apr. 1869 Parish Register EE
(pgs. 36, 37, 38
missing on microfilm)
158
Mar. 1869-Oct. 1918 Parish Register FF 158

c) Parish Council Minutes

  Microfilm
Reel
1961-1972 Parish Register GG 158,146

d) Sunday School Records

  Microfilm
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1886-1893
Record Book
Parish Register HH 146
1894-1906
Attendance Book
Parish Register II 146
1919-1942
Attendance and Cash Book
Parish Register JJ 146
Jan. 1924-May 1934
Minutes of Teachers'
and Officers' Meetings
Parish Register KK 145
1924-1934
Weekly Record Book
Parish Register LL 145
1913-1936
Attendance Book
Parish Register MM 146
1936-1938
Attendance Book
Parish Register NN 145
1955-1957
Attendance Book
Parish Register OO 145
1954-1955
Attendance Book
Parish Register PP 145
1958-1961
Attendance Book
Parish Register QQ 145

e) A.Y.P.A. Records

  Microfilm
Reel
May 1940-Jan. 1946 Parish Register RR 146
Jan. 1946-Oct. 1949 Parish Register SS 146
Nov. 1949-June 1957
(All of the above are minutes of meetings.)
Parish Register TT 146
1912-1919 Accounts Parish Register UU 145

IV - Financial Records

a) General Accounts

  Microfilm
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1874-1902 Financial Register F(1) 146
as above-index to Financial Register F(2) 146
1927-1931 Financial Register F(3) 146-147
1932-1937 Financial Register F(4) 147
1938-1942 Financial Register F(5) 147
1942-1945 Financial Register F(6) 147
1945-1951 Financial Register F(7) 147
1952-1959 Financial Register F(8) 147
1960-1965 Financial Register F(9) 147
1966-1971 Financial Register F(10) 147

b) Other Financial Records

  Microfilm
Reel
1910-1912 Pew Rentals Financial Register F(11)
& Offertories
148
1930-1972 Building Accounts Financial Register F(13) 148
1943 Envelope Accounts Financial Register F(17) 148
Undated
(c.1943)
Envelope Accounts Financial Register F(16) 148
1943-1944 Presentation Fund Financial Register F(15) 148
1953-1972 Organ, Carillon Financial Register F(12)
and Clock Account
145
1964-1974

(See also loose Financial Material in Box #1)

Special Reserve Financial Register F(14)
& Memorial Accounts
145

V - Correspondence, Legal Documents and other Loose Material

  Microfilm
Reel
     
Note: none of this material has been microfilmed:
Date Subject Location
1889-1902 Financial Statements, notes
and accounts.
Box 1, #1
1901-1902 Cancelled cheques Box 1, #2
1893-1898 Pages from The Guardian', 1893
Clippings on theological matters
from The Hamilton Spectator'.
Box 1, #3
1902-1914 Churchwardens' and Rector's
Reports.
Box 1, #4
1928 Correspondence relating to the
Cemetery.
Box 1, #5
1960
1968-1969
Undated
Letter of Thanks
Comparative Financial Statements
Royal Bank Cheque Book - blank
St. George's Stationary
Box 1, #6
1853-1939 Mortgages, leases, deeds,
conveyances, releases, bequests, etc.
Box 1


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