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Ontario GenWeb Project: 1910-1919
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1910-1919
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  • What's Available
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  • Timeline

    1910CPR Train Wreck in Sudbury kills 43
    1910The Royal Canadian Navy is established
    1911A forest fire near Cochrane kills 70 and destroys the town of South Porcupine
    1911Population of Ontario: 2,527,000
    1912Ontario achieves present boundaraies
    1914(1914-1918) World War One - 10% of Ontario's population joins and over 60,000 Canadians are killed
    1916(3 Feb 1916) Parliament Hill's Centre Block (Ottawa, ON) is gutted by fire
    1916The Great Fire. On 29 July 1916 a fire was accidentally started in Matheson (Nipissing District) by rail workers clearing brush. By the time the fire was put out it had wiped out six villages, killed 223 people, and burned an area nearly 1400 sq. kilometres.
    1917(12 Apr 1917) The right to vote in provincial & municipal elections is extended to women
    1917Soldier Settlement Act: Returning soldiers are eligible for land grants
    1918 Influenza Epidemic

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    Governing Entity

    Sovereign:

  • Edward VII [1901-10] King of England
  • George V [1910-36] King of England
    Canada's Head of State; Ruling Monarch of Britain

    Prime Minister of Canada:

  • Sir Wilfrid Laurier [1896-1911] {Liberal}
  • Sir Robert Borden [1911-1917] {Unionist}; [1917-1920] {Conservative}
    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:

  • Earl Grey [1904-1911]
  • Duke of Connaught and Strathearn [1911-1916]
  • Duke of Devonshire [1916-1921]
    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 John Morison Gibson [1908-1914]
  • Sir John Strathearn Hendrie [1914-1919]
  • Lionel Herbert Clarke [1919-1921]
    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 James Pliny Whitney [Feb 1905-Sep 1914] {Conservative}
  • Sir William Howard Hearst [1914-1919] {Conservative}
  • Ernest Charles Drury [1919-1923] {Farmer-Labour Coalition}
    Head of Ontario's government.

    What Places Existed

  • Algoma District [Est. 1858]
  • Brant County [Est. 1853]
  • Bruce County [Est. 1849]
  • Carleton County [Est. 1800]
  • Dufferin County [Est. 1874]
  • 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]
  • Kenora District [Est. 1907]
  • 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]
  • Manitoulin District [Est. 1888]
  • Middlesex County [Est. 1800]
  • Muskoka District [Est. 1888]
  • 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]
  • Rainy River District [Est. 1885]
  • Renfrew County [Est. 1845]
  • Russell County [Est. 1800]
  • Simcoe County [Est. 1821]
  • Stormont County [Est. 1792]
  • Sudbury District [Est. 1907]
  • 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
    Ontario has a Privacy Act that restricts the viewing of certain records until a specific period of time has passed. In the case of birth records, they are not released for public viewing until 97 years after the birth has occurred. It then takes 1-2 years for the records to be prepared for viewing. Therefore you shall have to seek alternate records of birth, or wait until 97-99 years have elapsed.

    Birth records for this time period will be available for public research in the following years (97 years plus 1 year for preparation):

  • 1910 - 2008
  • 1911 - 2009
  • 1912 - 2010
  • 1913 - 2011
  • 1914 - 2012
  • 1915 - 2013
  • 1916 - 2014
  • 1917 - 2015
  • 1918 - 2016
  • 1919 - 2017


    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
    If the person you are seeking was buried (as opposed to cremated) you should be able to locate a cemetery record.


    Census Records
    Starting in 1851 a census was taken every ten years. The 1911 census is available on microfilm and online through Library & Archives Canada.


    Church Records
    Depending on the religion and privacy restrictions 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. However, this information may be protected under the Privacy Act and not available for research.


    Court Records

  • Coroner Records
  • Correctional Records
  • Divorce Records
  • Guardianship Records
  • OPP Investigations
  • 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 may be available but could be subject to privacy laws, it's dependent upon the Funeral Home's regulations


    Emigration Records
    Some records were kept of border crossings from Canada to the USA


    Immigration Records

  • Border Crossings
  • Quarantine Records
  • Ship Lists


    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 up to 1914. After 1914 the records are not available until 20 years after the death of the person in question and can only be requested by next-of-kin.


    Misc Records

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

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