Our Archives Committee and Cemetery Board volunteers are committed to maintaining the history of the Church, its parishioners, and buildings. St. Mark's records date back to 1792 and are maintained in hard copy - there are no digital records available.
St. Mark's Archives Committee & Cemetery Board
Over twenty years ago an informal coming together of several parishioners interested in the preservation of our history began what was planned to be a short project; they are still busily working away on this project every Tuesday. From a few files and some books and photos they have managed to gather enough materials to fill four large filing cabinets and two large cupboards as well as publish numerous newspaper articles, countless pamphlets and brochures and publish 13 books all on the history of St.Mark's. They compiled an exhaustive inventory of the church and its treasures. The committee oversaw the restoration of the 1840 plaques which are at the front of the chancel. They undertook the restoration of the WWl plaque, which was restored to its rightful place in the sanctuary. They contributed substantially to the restoration of the bells as well as the refurbishment of the stained glass windows.
They have answered hundreds of inquiries from far and near, guided the curious through the cemetery and the Addison Library and raised the profile of our long history in whatever way they might.
Although the Cemetery Board is a separate group the Archivists were responsible for remapping the cemetery and updating all cemetery records as well as assuming responsibility for the shelving and cataloguing of all the materials in the Addison Library. The Archivists work closely with Peter Babcock, Murray Wilcox and David Antscherl and their on-going work in the Addison Library.
The Archivists have lasted well considering the length of time it took attempting to undertake a simple project, which remains unfinished, probably because they are passionate about their work.
Active - Ann Lindsay, Donald L. Combe
Retired - Fred Habermehl, Sandra Woodruff
Deceased - Betty Magnacca
A series of very interesting publications has been created by the St. Mark's Archives about our parish's rich history
Are you interested in an Ancestry search?
A search request to the Committee can be time-consuming and cumbersome as several sources must be investigated. If you are interested in an Ancestry search, the Committee will be pleased to review your request and ask that you please note the following:
All requests must be made in writing and addressed as follows:
- Archives Committee of St. Mark's Anglican Church
- P.O. Box 582
- Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
- CANADA L0S 1J0
Upon receipt of the request, a review will be undertaken by the Committee to determine if the information is readily available or not.
A response will be sent with an estimate of the time the Committee believes it will take to answer the request.
The price for the research will be included based on the following rates:
- A minimum charge of $50.00 will apply to the first half hour.
- There is a $40.00 per half hour charge beyond that.
Correspondence between the Archives Committee member and client will establish what information is to be provided. The information provided will be in written form.
We appreciate your interest and please note that all research fees assist with the on-going cost of archival and cemetery maintenance.