Ruth Ellen Kinsey & Burnett Alexander Ward Get Married

In 1925, Ruth Kinsey was recently divorced and living in Toronto. At the same time, Ted Ward, back in Canada from the War, was working as a lumberman in Western Ontario.

Both had roots in the town of Bracebridge, Ontario. Ruth being born there and Ted having grown up there.

On the 7th of November of that year, the two were married at Hope Presbyterian Church in Toronto, Ontario. The church stands today in Riverdale as Hope United Church.

The wedding was officiated by Rev. William F. Connell and was witnessed by Jessie and Ernest Shephard. However by 1948, the marriage ends up in divorce in British Columbia.

Ancestry World Archives Project

The digital image of Ruth and Ted's marriage registration has recently been put online through the workings of the Ancestry World Archives Project (AWAP.) The AWAP is a collaboration between who makes the images available and thousand of volunteers who transcribe the records.

The AWAP is the same project that released the index to the England and Wales Criminal Registers earlier this summer.

The indexes are free to explore but a subscription to is required to view them. As an added benefit, those who volunteer for the project have perpetual free access to the images in the collection.

Ontario Marriage Registers for Clergy (1896 - 1948)

These images have been taken from the microfilms MS 248, Reels 18-20 from the Archives of Ontario. Previously, they have been transcribed by another group of volunteers and were available online at provides this following outline of this database:

This database is a collection of 18 volumes of marriage registers compiled by the clergy under the Registration Act of 1896. These registers contain over 12,000 marriages and cover the years 1896 to 1948. Most of the registers were compiled by Baptist, Methodist, and Presbyterian ministers.

The Registration Act of 1896 mandated that clergymen report marriages within 30 days of when they took place. Under previous laws, marriages could be reported within 90 days. This act went into effect July 1, 1896.


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