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Civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths began in 1869 in Ontario. For baptisms and burials prior to that, one must consult the parish registers for the church and denomination in question. Marriages began to be recorded earlier in the District Registers and County Registers but only until civil registration was instituted.

Abbreviations
AO = Archives of Ontario
GSU = Genealogical Society of Utah
OFHC = Ottawa Family History Centre
MS = manuscript
R = reel

Hot Tip #1
Can't find your ancestor in Vital Statistics records? Most genealogists search Birth, Marriage or Death records in Church records and Vital Stats ( Registrations or Certificates). If we don't find our ancestor in one of those vital statistic records, we're stuck! Where to search next?

The ABF (Ancestor Birth Finder), AMF (Ancestor Marriage Finder) and ADF (Ancestor Death Finder) can help.

Hot Tip #2
How to access the online ONTARIO Vital Stats indexes and images

Search the Canadian BDM (Births, Deaths, Marriages) Exchange

Search the online Ontario Vital Stats Registration (OVSR) Project

Baptisms

Wesleyan Methodist baptismal register: Ontario County, 1841-1905 : a transcription (2001)
transcribed by Whitby-Oshawa Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society
Whitby-Oshawa Branch, OGS, Windsor, Ontario
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 0-7779-2036-0

Wesleyan Methodist baptismal register: Durham County, 1826-1899 : a transcription (2001)
transcribed by Whitby-Oshawa Branch, OGS
Whitby-Oshawa Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society, Windsor, Ontario
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 0-7779-2034-4

Wesleyan Methodist baptismal register: Simcoe County 1836-1899: a transcription: a genealogical reference (2001)
Simcoe County Branch, OGS, Barrie, Ontario Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-7779-2048-4

Wesleyan Methodist baptismal register: Victoria County, 1832-1900 : a transcription (2002)
[transcribed by] Kawartha Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society
Ontario Genealogical Society, Toronto
Co-published by Kawartha Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 0-7779-2045-X

Births

Birth Records: How to use, where to find

Birth registrations are available on microfilm at your local Family History Centre and at the Archives of Ontario. You can order the microfilms at your local FHC - if they are not already in the collection. The Archives of Ontario has a microfilm interloan system that allows certain institutions (usually libraries) to borrow the microfilm for a certain period of time. Ask your librarian if your library has this arrangement. If so, the library will have the catalogue of microfilms available for borrowing. The FHC will charge a modest fee to order the microfilm if it is not in the local collection. The institution borrowing from the Archives of Ontario may charge a small fee for the service.

To find a birth registration, use the birth indexes (on 16 mm film). The first indexes that were microfilmed had several years of information all together. These indexes are set up so that all the registrations for one year are together. Within each year, the registrations are listed by surname in alphabetical order. The newer microfilm indexes have one year on them and are arranged alphabetically within that year.

    Birth Indexes
    Year(s)LettersLocations and Microfilms
    ------GSU 1819389; AO MS 931, R 1; OFHC 1
    ------GSU 1819390; AO MS 931, R 2; OFHC 2
    ------GSU 1819391; AO MS 931, R 3; OFHC 3
    ------GSU 1819392; AO MS 931, R 4; OFHC 4
    ------GSU 1819475; AO MS 931, R 5; OFHC 5
    ------GSU 1819476; AO MS 931, R 6; OFHC 6
    ------GSU 1819477; AO MS 931, R 7; OFHC 7
    1896allGSU 1462271; AO MS 931, R 8; OFHC 8
    1897allGSU 1908062; AO MS 931, R 9; OFHC 9
    1898allGSU 1983413; AO MS 931, R 10; OFHC 10
    1899allGSU 2023011; AO MS 931, R 11; OFHC 11
    1900allGSU 2034229; AO MS 931, R 12; OFHC 12
    1901allGSU 2073810; AO MS 931, R 13; OFHC 13
    1902allGSU 2135468; AO MS 931, R 14; OFHC 14

    Some birth records for the early years - between 1869 and 1872 - do not have registration numbers. To find the records for these years, you will need to take note of the Volume and Page numbers. For the following years, note the Registration number and year in the last two columns on the right.

    Once you have the registration number and year, you can then go to the films with the records (on 35 mm film).

    Marriages

    Marriage Records: How to use, where to find

    Marriage Registers of Upper Canada / Canada West, Vol. 11, Part 1 - Home District, 1808 - 1836
    Note: There are no Roman Catholic or Anglican marriages recorded here. The register probably records about 25% of the marriages that took plce between 1808 and 1836.

    The marriage registers of Upper Canada/Canada West (2000; rev. & enl. ed.)
    Dan Walker and Fawne Stratford-Devai
    Milton, Ont., Global Heritage Press
    Includes indexes. Includes 17 volumes in 24 parts.
    ISBN 1-894571-99-1 (set)

    Marriage registrations are available on microfilm at your local Family History Centre and at the Archives of Ontario. You can order the microfilms at your local FHC - if they are not already in the collection. The Archives of Ontario has a microfilm interloan system that allows certain institutions (usually libraries) to borrow the microfilm for a certain period of time. Ask your librarian if your library has this arrangement. If so, the library will have the catalogue of microfilms available for borrowing. The FHC will charge a modest fee to order the microfilm if it is not in the local collection. The institution borrowing from the Archives of Ontario may charge a small fee for the service.

    To find a marriage registration, use the marriage indexes (on 16 mm film). The first indexes that were microfilmed had several years of information all together. These indexes are arranged by letter of the alphabet. Within each letter group, the names are organized so that all registrations for one year are in alphabetical order, followed by the next year in alphabetical order. These indexes are set up so that all the registrations for one year are together. Within each year, the registrations are listed by surname in alphabetical order. The newer microfilm indexes have one year on them and are arranged alphabetically within that year.

      Marriage Indexes
      The microfilm numbers listed below also indicate the institution where they can be found. However, it is highly recommended that you begin your vital statistics research with the indexes and individual records before you begin the secondary search (the trawl).

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      Year(s)LettersLocations and Microfilms
      1869-1895A-B 18691895
      C 1869-1882
      GSU 1819478; AO MS934, R1; OFHC 1
      1869-1895C 1882 1890
      D-F 1869-1895
      GSU 1819479; AO MS934, R2; OFHC 2
      1869-1895G-J 1869-1895
      K 1869-1883
      GSU 1819489; AO MS934, R3; OFHC 3
      1869-1895K 1883-1895
      L 1869-1895
      M 1869-1889
      GSU 1819490; AO MS934, R4; OFHC 4
      1869-1895McQ 1889-1895
      N-S 1869-1895
      GSU 1819491; AO MS934, R5; OFHC 5
      1869-1895St 1869-1881, 1881-1890
      T-V 1869-1895
      W 1869-1883
      GSU 1819610; AO MS934, R6; OFHC 6
      1869-1895W 1883-1895
      Y-Z 1869-1895
      GSU 1818611; AO MS934, R7; OFHC 7
      1896-1910allGSU 1819612; AO MS934, R8; OFHC 8
      1911allGSU 1432272; AO MS934, R9; OFHC 9
      1912allGSU 1908063; AO MS934, R10; OFHC 10
      1913allGSU 1983414; AO MS934, R11; OFHC 11
      1914allGSU 2023012; AO MS934, R12; OFHC 12
      1915allGSU 2034230; AO MS934, R13; OFHC 13
      1916allGSU 2073812; AO MS934, R14; OFHC 14
      1917allGSU 2135469; AO MS934, R15; OFHC 15
      1918allGSU 2118423; AO MS934, R16; OFHC 16
      1919allGSU 2223688; AO MS934, R17; OFHC 17

      Once you have the registration number and year, you can then go to the films with the records (on 35 mm film).

      Some marriage records for the early years-between 1869 and 1872-do not have registration numbers. To find the records for these years, you will need to take note of the Volume and Page numbers.

      Numbers to trawl through
      After you have found the records for the relatives you are seeking, go back and "trawl" through the county or district to find related entries. This is particularly useful when you have become familiar with family names and the names of related families.

    District and County Marriage Registers

    The microfilm numbers listed below also indicate the institution where they can be found. However, it is highly recommended that you begin your vital statistics research with the indexes and individual records before you begin the secondary search (the trawl).

    District marriage registers
    PlaceMicrofilms and Locations
    Bathurst, Brock, Gore, Home, IndexGSU 1030051; AO MS248, R1; OFHC 513
    Home (1816 - 1849)GSU 1030052; AO MS248, R2; OFHC 514
    Huron, Johnstown, London, Newcastle, OttawaGSU 1030053; AO MS248, R3; OFHC 515
    Prince Edward, Talbot, IndexesGSU 1030054; AO MS248, R4; OFHC 516

    County marriage registers
    PlaceMicrofilms and Locations
    Brant, Bruce, Carleton, Dundas, Huron, ElginGSU 1030055; AO MS248, R5; OFHC 517
    Elgin, Essex, Frontenac, Grey, Lennox, AddingtonGSU 1030056; AO MS248, R6; OFHC 518
    Hastings, Huron, Kent, Lambton, Lanark, OsborneGSU 1030057; AO MS248, R7; OFHC 519
    Hastings, huron, Kent, Lambton, Lanark, UsborneGSU 1030058; AO MS248, R8; OFHC 520
    Lanark, Leeds, GrenvilleGSU 1030059; AO MS248, R9; OFHC 521
    Lennox & Addington, Limcoln, MiddlesexGSU 1030060; AO MS248, R10; OFHC 522
    Middlesex, Northumberland, Norfolk, Ontario; indexGSU 1030061; AO MS248, R11; OFHC 523
    Ottawa, OxfordGSU 1030062; AO MS248, R12; OFHC 524
    Peel, Perth, OxfordGSU 1030063; AO MS248, R13; OFHC 525
    Ontario, Prescott, Prince Edward, Renfrew, Russell, SimcoeGSU 1030064; AO MS248, R14; OFHC 526
    Simcoe, Stormont, Toronto (city)GSU 1030065; AO MS248, R15; OFHC 527
    Toronto (city), Victoria, Waterloo; indexGSU 1030066; AO MS248, R16; OFHC 528
    Wentworth, Waterloo, Wellington, Orangeville; indexGSU 1030067; AO MS248, R17; OFHC 529
    York, Brampton, HamiltonGSU 1030068; AO MS248, R18; OFHC 530

    Deaths

    Deaths in Ontario County, Ontario 1870 ~ 1879

    Deaths in Ontario County, Ontario 1880 ~ 1889

    Death Records: How to use, where to find

    Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid

    Death registrations are available on microfilm at your local Family History Centre and at the Archives of Ontario. You can order the microfilms at your local FHC - if they are not already in the collection. The Archives of Ontario has a microfilm interloan system that allows certain institutions (usually libraries) to borrow the microfilm for a certain period of time. Ask your librarian if your library has this arrangement. If so, the library will have the catalogue of microfilms available for borrowing. The FHC will charge a modest fee to order the microfilm if it is not in the local collection. The institution borrowing from the Archives of Ontario may charge a small fee for the service.

    To find a death registration, use the death indexes (on 16 mm film). The first indexes that were microfilmed had several years of information all together. These indexes are set up so that all the registrations for one year are together. Within each year, the registrations are listed by surname in alphabetical order. The newer microfilm indexes have one year on them and are arranged alphabetically within that year.

      Death Indexes
      Year(s)LettersLocations and Microfilms
      1869 - 1922GSU 1765849; AO MS937, R1; OFHC 1
      1869 - 1922GSU 1411568; AO MS937, R2; OFHC 2
      1869 - 1922GSU 1411569; AO MS937, R3; OFHC 3
      1869 - 1922GSU 1819276; AO MS937, R4; OFHC 4
      1869 - 1922GSU 1819277; AO MS937, R5; OFHC 5
      1869 - 1922GSU 1819278; AO MS937, R6; OFHC 6
      1869 - 1922GSU 1818302; AO MS937, R7; OFHC 7
      1869 - 1922GSU 1819303; AO MS937, R8; OFHC 8
      1869 - 1922GSU 1432270; AO MS937, R9; OFHC 9
      1869 - 1922GSU 1908061; AO MS937, R10; OFHC 10
      1923allGSU 1983412; AO MS937, R11; OFHC 11
      1924allGSU 2023013; AO MS937, R12; OFHC 12
      1925allGSU 2034228; AO MS937, R13; OFHC 13
      1926allGSU 2073813; AO MS937, R14; OFHC 14
      1927allGSU 2135467; AO MS937, R15; OFHC 15
      1928allGSU 2118422; AO MS937, R16; OFHC 16

      Once you have the registration number and year, you can then go to the films with the records (on 35 mm film).

      Some records for the early years - between 1869 and 1872 - may not have registration numbers. To find the records for these years, you will need to take note of the Volume and Page numbers.

    Coroners Inquest Series and Inquest Database
    The City Archives of the Ontario Centennial Museum and Archives has created an Inquest Database as a finding aid for the Coroners Inquest Series. It contains name of deceased, cause of death as established by inquest, year of death and the geographic location of death, sorted alphabetically by surname.

    Miscellaneous

    An index to Canadian Parliamentary divorces, 1867-1930 (2001)
    J. Brian Gilchrist and Nancy J. Duffy, compilers and editors
    Audrey Gilchrist, Toronto
    Includes index
    ISBN 0-9698399-4-4

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