Toronto Jewish Records
Toronto Jewish Marriages, 1858-1898, 1905-1911, 1920-1923, 1926-1936
Plus a range of listings (1910-2010) from printed marriage announcements from diverse sources.
Background: This is an index of almost 5,000 records of marriages that took place in Toronto in varied years ranging from 1905 to 1936. The main source is the York County Civil Marriage Records at the Ontario Archives. Also included are some 400 marriages performed by Rabbi Yehuda Leib Graubart. Several dozen records from Holy Blossom Congregation, dating from the 1850s to the 1890s, were added in May 2023; they are marked as “HB” in the Comments field. There are also some “stray” records from other towns, and a few outside of the dates shown above.
Details: These indexes were compiled from microfilmed copies of handwritten records that were sometimes very difficult to read; transcription errors are therefore inevitable. Words were usually transcribed exactly as they appeared, despite apparent spelling errors in the original.
In general, our specialized transcribers are far more likely to recognize and decipher Yiddish and Hebrew names than non-specialists used at other sites. As a result, marriages may be found here that might not surface elsewhere.
Rabbi Graubart was chief rabbi to Toronto’s Polish Jews during the 1920s and 1930s. Four of his original marriage registers, dating from 1926 to 1936, were accessed at the Ontario Jewish Archives.
A special feature of the Graubart registers is that they routinely show the towns of birth: many such towns, including Staszow, Ostrowice, Kielce, Radom, Lagow and Sandomierz, lie in the heartland of the region from which a preponderance of Toronto Polish-Jewish immigrants originated. Please note that a counterpart record exists in the provincial registers for most if not all of the Graubart records, so duplication is to be expected. However, unique details will likely appear in each record.
Years: York County records, 1905 (partial), 1906-1911, 1920, 1922, 1923 (partial), 1928-1932. Graubart records, 1926-1936. Holy Blossom fonds, Ontario Archives, 1858-1898.
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UPDATES: 1250 new records added on Nov. 10 2019 ¶ 500 new records added on Sept.1 2019 ¶ 350 new records added on Aug. 29, 2020 <¶ new records continuously being added from June 2021 ¶ 400 new records added, Nov 2021 ¶ Updated July 2022 ¶ Added some 1923 records, Aug 2022 ¶ Some early marriage records (1850s-1890s) from Holy Blossom marriage registers added May 2023. ¶ Some newly-found marriage records from 1910 were added, May 2023.¶ Some “stray” records added May2023. ¶ Added more new records, Jun 2023. ¶ Plus a range of listings (1910-2010) from published marriage announcements from diverse sources (Aug 2023).
For further information on the Graubart marriage records, please visit the website of the Ontario Jewish Archives.