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St. Mary's Orphanage sous-fonds Subseries
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Orphans' Festival

This sub-series consists of various records dealing with the annual Orphans’ Festival. This festival began in 1853 in the Mechanics’ Hall. In later years, it moved into the Grand Opera building. The festival continued for 103 years, finishing in 1...

Donations

Four record books make up this sub-series. These provide donation information from the surrounding communities of Haldimand County, Caledonia, Cayuga, and Hamilton. In 1854, Father Schneider of Goderich invited the Sisters to come to his mission t...

Administration

This sub-series is comprised of application forms, correspondence about individual orphans, and children’s personal record forms. These forms detail information such as when the orphan was admitted, if they were baptized, date and place of birth, ...

Vital Records

This sub-series is comprised of baptismal certificates, summaries of individual information, and note cards detailing when the child was admitted into the orphanage. These note cards also give, in some cases, the reason for admission and family an...