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Ontario GenWeb Project: 1890-1899
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1890-1899
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  • Governing Entity

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  • What's Available
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  • Timeline

    1891First Children's Aid Society is established in Canada (Toronto)
    1891Population of Ontario: 2,114,000
    1891Province-wide Census
    1892Children's Aid Society opens its first shelter in Toronto
    1895Land Titles Act
    1896Formation of the United Empire Loyalists Association
    1898Yukon Gold Rush
    1899-1902South African War. Because Canada was part of the British empire, Canadian troops were sent to South Africa to fight. This is also known as the 'Boer War'. 135 Canadians are killed

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    Governing Entity

    Sovereign:

  • Victoria [1837-1901] Queen of England
    Canada's Head of State; Ruling Monarch of Britain

    Prime Minister of Canada:

  • Sir John A. Macdonald [1878-1891] {Liberal-Conservative}
  • Sir John Abbott [1891-1892] {Liberal-Conservative}
  • Sir John Thompson [1892-1894] {Liberal-Conservative}
  • Sir Mackenzie Bowell [1894-1896] {Conservative}
  • Sir Charles Tupper [1896] {Conservative}
  • Sir Wilfrid Laurier [1896-1911] {Liberal}
    Head of Canada's government. Usually the leader of the political party that received the most seats in the House of Commons at the last federal election becomes Prime Minister for a four year term.

    Governor General of Canada:

  • Lord Stanley [1888-1893]
  • Earl of Aberdeen [1893-1898]
  • Earl of Minto [1898-1904]
    Personal representative of the Sovereign and acting out the duties of Canada's Head of State on their behalf. Also is Commander-in-Chief of the Canadian Armed Forces. Governor General's are chosen by the Prime Minister and appointed by the sovereign. This role is mostly ceremonial, and lasts 5-7 years.

    Lieutenant Governor of Canada:

  • Sir Alexander Campbell [1887-1892]
  • Sir George Airey Kirkpatrick [1892-1896]
  • Sir Casmir Stanislaus Gzowski [1896-1897]
  • Sir Oliver Mowat [1897-1903]
    The lieutenant governor (pronounced lef'ten-ent gov'er-ner) is a representative of the monarch, and appointed by the Prime Minister of Canada for a term of five years. Each province in Canada has their own provincial lieutenant governor.

    Prime Minister of Ontario (now known as "Premier"):

  • Sir Oliver Mowat [Oct 1872-Jul 1896] {Liberal}
  • Arthur Sturgis Hardy [Jul 1896-Oct 1899] {Liberal}
  • Sir George William Ross [Oct 1899-Feb 1905] {Liberal}
    Head of Ontario's government.

    What Places Existed

  • Algoma District [Est. 1858]
  • Bothwell County [Est. 1871]
  • Brant County [Est. 1853]
  • Bruce County [Est. 1849]
  • Cardwell County [Est. 1871]
  • Carleton County [Est. 1800]
  • Dundas County [Est. 1792]
  • Durham County [Est. 1792]
  • Elgin County [Est. 1851]
  • Essex County [Est. 1792]
  • Frontenac County [Est. 1792]
  • Glengarry County [Est. 1792]
  • Grenville County [Est. 1792]
  • Grey County [Est. 1851]
  • Haldimand County [Est. 1800]
  • Haliburton County [Est. 1874]
  • Halton County [Est. 1816]
  • Hastings County [Est. 1792]
  • Huron County [Est. 1835]
  • District of Keewatin [Est. 1876]
  • Kent County [Est. 1792]
  • Lambton County [Est. 1837]
  • Lanark County [Est. 1824]
  • Leeds County [Est. 1792]
  • Lennox & Addington County [Est. 1800]
  • Lincoln County [Est. 1792]
  • Middlesex County [Est. 1800]
  • Monck County [Est. 1871]
  • Nipissing District [Est. 1858]
  • Norfolk County [Est. 1792]
  • Northumberland County [Est. 1792]
  • Ontario County [Est. 1851]
  • Ontario [Est. 1867]
  • Oxford County [Est. 1800]
  • Parry Sound District [Est. 1869]
  • Peel County [Est. 1851]
  • Perth County [Est. 1849]
  • Peterborough County [Est. 1838]
  • Prescott County [Est. 1800]
  • Prince Edward County [Est. 1792]
  • Renfrew County [Est. 1845]
  • Rupert's Land [Est. 1670]
  • Russell County [Est. 1800]
  • Simcoe County [Est. 1821]
  • Stormont County [Est. 1792]
  • Thunder Bay District [Est. 1871]
  • Upper Canada [Est. 1791]
  • Victoria County [Est. 1821]
  • Waterloo County [Est. 1840]
  • Welland County [Est. 1845]
  • Wellington County [Est. 1851]
  • Wentworth County [Est. 1816]
  • York County [Est. 1788]

    What's Available


    Below are the resources that are generally available for most time periods. Under each title is a blurb telling you if the resource is available for this time period. For more general information on each resource, how to use it, where to find it, click on the title.


    Birth Records
    If you are seeking an ancestor born during this decade you may be in luck! In 1869 the Vital Statistics Act was introduced requiring all births to be registered.


    Books
    Books are an often overlooked resource especially now that the internet appears to have all the information you need at your fingertips. Local histories, period histories, and even transcripts are available, not just locally, but worldwide. Is your ancestor hiding in a book?


    Cemetery Records
    Finding a cemetery record for this time period could be hit or miss. Most people were either buried on family land, or in their church cemetery (what was their religion?).


    Census Records
    Starting in 1851 a census was taken every ten years. The 1891 census is available on microfilm.


    Church Records
    Depending on the religion of the church records you're seeking you may, or may not, be successful with your search.


    Citizenship/Naturalization Records
    If your ancestor was a British subject (born in Canada, England, or one of England's colonies) you will not find a Citizenship or Naturalization Record because they were already considered a citizen. If your ancestor was born elsewhere they were eligible to apply for Citizenship or Naturalization after living in Canada for three years and declaring loyalty to the British Crown.


    Court Records

  • Coroner Records
  • Correctional Records
  • Divorce Records
  • Guardianship Records
  • Surrogate Court
  • Wills & Estate Files


    Death Records
    If you are seeking an ancestor who died during this decade you may be in luck! In 1869 the Vital Statistics Act was introduced requiring all deaths to be registered.


    Funeral Records
    Funeral Records for this time period will be hit or miss


    Emigration Records
    Starting in 1895 some records were kept of border crossings from Canada to the USA


    Immigration Records

  • Quarantine Records
  • Ship Lists: If your ancestor was a British subject, or arrived by ship prior to 1865 it's possible but unlikely you'll find them on a ship passenger list.
  • Train Records


    Land Records

  • Land Patents
  • Ontario Land Registry Office


    Marriage Records
    If you are seeking an ancestor who married during this decade you may be in luck! In 1869 the Vital Statistics Act was introduced requiring all marriages to be registered.


    Military Records
    Some records are available


    Misc Records

  • Directories
  • Newspapers
  • Biographies
  • Fraternal Organizations
  • Employment Records
  • Education Records
  • Alumni Records

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