Archives of Protestant Churches in Canada and the United States
This web page is part of "Bytown or Bust, History and Genealogy in the Ottawa, Canada area".
The following photograph shows Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Ottawa. The property for
the church was donated by Nicholas Sparks, one of the pioneers in Bytown / Ottawa. The
church is located on Sparks Street, across from the Library and Archives Building.
Keywords King Arnoldi, John Strachan, St. Alban's Anglican Church.
Photo Source: Anglicanism in the Ottawa Valley: Essays for the Centenary of the Diocese of Ottawa, page 48
United Church of Canada, including it's antecedents (some Methodist and some Presbyterian)
The United Church of Canada is Canada's largest Protestant Church. It was formed by "Church Union" in 1925.
The Presbyterian Church in Canada
August 23, 2002:
Archives of The United Church of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario.(1)
Montreal and Ottawa Conference Archives
City of Ottawa Archives
174 Stanley Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1M 1P1
(1) This address was posted to the Eastern Ontario History and Genealogy List
by Robert Crawford on August 22, 2002... Al
April 6, 2011:
United Church of Canada Archives in Toronto. This is a great facility where you can view original registries as well as microfiche.
www.united-church.ca or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I was there recently and was able to handle the registry for the small church that had been on my great great grandparents property
on the 3rd concession.
And you can read on-line a book by George F. Playter (History of Methodism in Canada) at -
... Taylor Kennedy
January 1, 2010:
May I ask for a link update found at this link: http://bytown.net/protchur.htm
The link for the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa is: http://www.ottawa.anglican.ca
The link for the Diocesan Archives is: http://www.ottawa.anglican.ca/Archives.html
The link for Christ Church Cathedral of Ottawa is: http://www.ottawa.anglican.ca/cathedral/index.html
Anglican Diocese of Ottawa
December 2, 2010:
We have received an inquiry today regarding the composition of the early Protestant Churches in the Ottawa area.
From the time of the founding of the settled part of the Ottawa Valley by Philomen Wright in 1800, religion
has played a major part in the social and cultural life of our area. For most families, the church was the
centre of activities and guided their lives.
Philomen Wright and his settlers were members of the Congregationalist Church. Over time, some of these
families became associated with the Anglican (Episcopal) Church which had broken away from the Roman Catholic Church
at the time of King Henry VIII. St. James Anglican Church and Cemetery in Hull (now Gatineau), Quebec, became the
foremost Anglican Church in this area in the early 1800's.
Other "protesting" sects formed their own versions of Protestantism: the Lutherans (Martin Luther), Methodists (John Wesley),
Presbyterians (John Calvin), Baptists and various evangelical churches (Pentecostal, etc.).
The following excerpt is from A Concise History of Christianity in Canada (pages 276-277)
It is a terrific book for any Canadian library.
Another Protestant Church was established in the Ottawa area -- see our web page The Holiness Movement in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec.
March 11, 2010:
The Protestant Church in Canada has, for the most part, been composed of centralized, top-down denominations.
The growth in recent years towards a more evangelical Protestantism in the Ottawa area (e.g. Bethel Pentecostal Church
and Woodvale Pentecostal Church) has been mainly at the expense of the old, downtown, established churches.
Democratization of the Protestant churches in the USA happened to a great extent during the period 1780 to 1830.
Nathan Hatch has written a very interesting book called The Democratization of American Christianity. Read my Book Review.
Image Sources, below: Concise Dictionary of Christianity in America
June 19, 2010:
Thanks to Sue for the following example of how important religion was to our ancestors. Changing denominations among Protestant
churches was relatively common and not remarkable. However, for persons changing from a Protestant church to the Roman Catholic
Church (or vice versa) often caused problems within families. The receiving churches welcomed new converts triumphally.
I don't know if this would be worth mentioning in your site, but just in case it is, here it is:
From the Daily Gazette & Bulletin (of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, USA) of February 19, 1886 (front page)
A French Catholic Turns Presbyterian
OTTAWA, Feb. 18. - Luddger Blanchet, a member of one of the leading French Catholic families of Canada,
has joined the Presbyterian church, creating a sensation. He is a nephew of the late Catholic
Bishop Blanchet of Oregon, brother of Jean Blanchet, secretary of state in Quebec, and nephew of J.G. Blanchet,
late speaker of the Canadian House of Commons.
October 6, 2010:
Interior of a pioneer Anglican Church in Eastern Ontario
The buildings were heated by wood stoves - note the chimney pipes.
The pews were hand-made by members of the Congregation.
Also shown is a cluster of coal-oil lamps forming a chandelier.
January 20, 2012:
BOOK - St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Ottawa - Baptism, Marriage and Death Records 1829-1949
By Donald A. McKenzie, Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2011. The congregation was organized in 1828 and the
first minister arrived in the summer of 1829. Since that time, the baptisms, marriages and deaths of many founding families in
Bytown / Ottawa have been recorded by the various ministers of St. Andrew'
s Presbyterian Church. This book contains
transcriptions of those records. Donald A. Mackenzie spent many hundreds of hours at Library and Archives Canada
transcribing the records of the original entries from St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church from microfilm. The transcriptions
of the baptism, marriage and burial records are recorded in seven volumes, all of which are included in this one book.
ISBN 978-1-926797-49-6 (Hardcover) ISBN 978-1-926797-53-3 (Book on CD)
You can order this book over the Internet from the Global Genealogy, Inc. bookstore.
August 25, 2012:
The British Methodist Episcopalian Church http://www.windsor-communities.com/african-religion-britishepis.php
April 21, 2013:
New Book to be added this week to the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society Library:
The Methodists in Ireland: A Short History, by Dudley Levistone Cooney, The Columba Press, Dublin, 2001, ISBN 1-85607-335 1, 280 pages.
This book has been donated to the OGS Library by Mr. Don Pounder.
December 27, 2015:
Here is an interesting article in .pdf format which can be downloaded to your tablet:
Coming of Age, but Slowly: aspects of Canadian religious historiography since Confederation
by John S. MOIR
University of Toronto
January 22, 2016:
Here is a terrific link to the Protestant church records in western Quebec -- Pontiac County, the Gatineau Valley, etc.
... Al (Thanks to Pauline Johns for this !)
November 29, 2016:
Here are some burials in the Protestant Burial Ground of victims of the Typhus Epidemic in Bytown during the Great Irish Famine. The Presbyterian minister for the pioneer St. Andrew's Church on Wellington Street at the time was
Reverend Durie. Unfortunately he died in 1847 of Typhus, caught when he was tending the poor and sick famine emigrants in
the sheds and hospital in Bytown. According to the records of the registers of St. Andrews, 1829-1929, some of Reverend Durie's
records are missing from the year 1847. Here are a few recorded at Notre Dame Catholic Church on Sussex Drive.
Source: Drouin Records at ancestry dot ca: (Notre Dame Cathedral, Bytown / Ottawa
There is a terrific CD, available from Global Genealogy dot com -- "St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Ottawa,
Baptism, Marriage and Death Records, 1829-1949", by Donald A. McKenzie, 2011, ISBN 978-1-926797-53-2.
This CD and book are also available in the Library of the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society.
25 Jun 1847
Funeral service for Martha Shields, famine immigrant, who died yesterday and was buried in the Presbyterian Burying Ground
22 Jun 1847
Funeral service for Andrew Wright, immigrant, who died in this hospital and
was buried in the Presbyterian Burying Ground
29 Jun 1847
Burial in the Protestant Burying Ground of Samuel Halbukle / Arbuckle ?
4 Jul 1847
Burial in the Protestant Burying Ground of Margaret Wilson, a child immigrant
4 Jul 1847
Burial in the Protestant Burying Ground of James Wilson, immigrant
25 Jul 1847
Burial of William or Thomas Stoney in the Protestant Burying ground
26 Jul 1847
Burial of John Marshall, immigrant, in the Protestant Burying Ground
27 Jul 1847
Burial of John Johnston, immigrant, in the Protestant Burying Ground
E-mail Al Lewis
Back to Bytown or Bust - History and Genealogy in the Ottawa area
Bytown or Bust is also on