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Ontario GenWeb Project: 1950-1959
Research By Year
1950-1959
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  • Timeline
  • Governing Entity

  • Places
  • What's Available
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  • Timeline

    1950Korean War: Canadian forces serve with United Nations
    1950An oil pipeline stretching from the Great Lakes to Edmonton is opened
    1950Construction of the Trans-Canada Highway begins, it will be twenty years before it's completed.
    1951(Nov) In Toronto, The National Ballet of Canada debuts its very first performance
    1951Population of Ontario: 4,597,542
    1953The City of Toronto becomes a Metropolis
    1954(30 Mar 1954) The first Canadian subway is opened in Toronto
    1954(15 Oct 1954) Southern Ontario is hit by Hurricane Hazel. In Toronto alone 83 people are killed.
    1958The Parole Board is created
    1959(2 Feb 1959) "Black Friday" - 30,000 Ontarians lose their jobs when Prime Minister Diefenbaker announces the cancellation of the Avro Arrow & Iroquois Engine Project.
    1959(26 Jun 1959) The St Lawrence Seaway is opened. Construction of the Seaway included the flooding of several communities along the St Lawrence River.

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    Governing Entity

    Sovereign:

  • George VI [1936-52] King of England
  • Elizabeth II [1952-present] Queen of England
    Canada's Head of State; Ruling Monarch of Britain

    Prime Minister of Canada:

  • Louis St. Laurent [1948-1957] {Liberal}
  • John Diefenbaker [1957-1963] {Progressive 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:

  • The Viscount Alexander of Tunis [1946-1952]
  • Vincent Massey [1952-1959]
  • Georges Vanier [1959-1967]
    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:

  • Ray Lawson [1946-1952]
  • Louis Orville Breithaupt [1952-1957]
  • John Keiller MacKay [1957-1963]
    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"):

  • Leslie M. Frost [1949-1961] {Progressive Conservative}
    Head of Ontario's government.

    What Places Existed

  • Algoma District [Est. 1858]
  • Brant County [Est. 1853]
  • Bruce County [Est. 1849]
  • Carleton County [Est. 1800]
  • Cochrane District [Est. 1921]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • Temiskaming District [Est. 1912]
  • 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):

  • 1950 - 2048
  • 1951 - 2049
  • 1952 - 2050
  • 1953 - 2051
  • 1954 - 2052
  • 1955 - 2053
  • 1956 - 2054
  • 1957 - 2055
  • 1958 - 2056
  • 1959 - 2057


    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
    The census was enumerated in 1951 and 1956 and will be available for genealogy research in 2043 and 2048.


    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
    This information may be protected under the Privacy Act and not available for research.


    Court Records

  • Coroner Records
  • Correctional Records
  • Divorce Records
  • Fire Marshall Records
  • OPP Investigations
  • Surrogate Court
  • Wills & Estate Files


    Death 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 Death records, they are not released for public viewing until 72 years after the death 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 death, or wait until 72-74 years have elapsed.

    Death records for this time period will be available for public research in the following years (72 years plus 1 year for preparation):

  • 1950 - 2023
  • 1951 - 2024
  • 1952 - 2025
  • 1953 - 2026
  • 1954 - 2027
  • 1955 - 2028
  • 1956 - 2029
  • 1957 - 2030
  • 1958 - 2031
  • 1959 - 2032


    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. Canadian records are protected under the Privacy Act and not available. US records are available up to 1954.


    Immigration Records
    The records from this time period may not yet be available for public research - Do you know?


    Land Records

  • Land Patents
  • Ontario Land Registry Office
    Both may be protected under the Privacy Act and unavailable to all but those who have a legal reason for access (Realtor, Bank, Owner, etc)


    Marriage 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 Marriage records, they are not released for public viewing until 82 years after the Marriage 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 Marriage, or wait until 82-84 years have elapsed.

    Marriage records for this time period will be available for public research in the following years (82 years plus 1 year for preparation):

  • 1950 - 2033
  • 1951 - 2034
  • 1952 - 2035
  • 1953 - 2036
  • 1954 - 2037
  • 1955 - 2038
  • 1956 - 2039
  • 1957 - 2040
  • 1958 - 2041
  • 1959 - 2042


    Military Records
    These 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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