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Revisiting Dates and Availability for Ontario Vital Statistics

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

A lot has happened in the Genealogy world in 2013. For Canadians, it was the much anticipated, and controversial, release of the 1921 Census of Canada this past August. Currently, the paid subscription site Ancestry, is the only access point for searching this census. If, however, you are accessing Ancestry.ca from a Canadian IP address, you can search the fully indexed 1921 Census of Canada for free. Keep in mind that you will still be required to set up an account.

As with each new resource that we are given access to, the 1921 census has no doubt raised as many questions about our families as it has answered. In view of this, and as we prepare to welcome 2014, and all the genealogical highs and lows our discipline engenders, it might be a good time to revisit what is available in the way of Vital Statistics for Ontario, and where to find them.

Ontario Births:

  • Prior to 1869
    • Civil registration for births in Ontario did not come into effect until 1869, so you will have to rely, where possible, on church records.  The Archives of Ontario (AO) website offers some tips on how to search for church records.
  • 1869-1913
    • Reading Room at the Archives of Ontario
    • Local Library, Archives or Family History Centre
    • Through the AO’s Interlibrary Loan Service, provided your local library or archival institution is a member of the Interlibrary Loan Network
    • Microfilm reels - index and registration -  may be purchased through the Ontario Genealogical Society (Pending approval of the Archives of Ontario)
    • familysearch.org (free genealogy website)
    • Paid subscription to genealogy website (check your local library to see if they subscribe to any of these sites)
  • 1914-1915
    •  Reading Room, Archives of Ontario.
    • Through the AO’s Interlibrary Loan Service, provided your local library or archival institution is a member of the Interlibrary Loan Network
    • These records are not available for sale.
  • 1916-1917
    • These records are closed for scanning. According to their website, the AO is planning to make 1916 births available in microfilm format sometime in late 2013

Ontario Marriages:

  • Prior to 1869
    • As with births, the civil registration of marriages in Ontario began in 1869. The Archives of Ontario has some marriage registrations dating back to 1780, but the collection is not extensive.  As with pre-1869 births, you will have to rely on church records for early Ontario marriages.
  • 1869 -1928
    • Reading Room, Archives of Ontario
    • Local Library, Archives or Family History Centre
    • Through the AO’s Interlibrary Loan Service, provided your local library or archival institution is a member of the Interlibrary Loan Network
    • Microfilm reels -index and registration -  may be purchased through the Ontario Genealogical Society (pending approval of the Archives of Ontario)
    • familysearch.org
    • Paid subscription to genealogy website
  • 1929-1930
    • Reading Room, Archives of Ontario.
    • Through the AO’s Interlibrary Loan Service, provided your local library or archival institution is a member of the Interlibrary Loan Network
    • These records are not available for sale.
  • 1931-1932
    • These records are closed for scanning. According to their website, the AO is planning to make 1931 marriages available in microfilm format sometime in late 2013

Ontario Deaths:

  • Prior to 1869
    • Deaths were not registered in Ontario before this date. Your best bet is to try to locate Estate Files from the Surrogate and Probate Courts. For more information on how to search for and locate these records, follow this link to the Archives of Ontario’s pathfinder page for Ontario Court of Probate and Surrogate Court Records: Wills and Estate Files.
  • 1869-1938
  • 1939-1940
    • Reading Room, Archives of Ontario.
    • Through the AO’s Interlibrary Loan Service , provided your local library or archival institution is a member of the Interlibrary Loan Network
    • These records are not available for sale.
  • 1941-1942
    • These records are closed for scanning. According to their website, the AO is planning to make 1941 deaths available in microfilm format sometime in late 2013.

Vital Stats are of course not the only sources genealogists may use when documenting their family histories.  Crown Land and Land Registry records, as well as divorce records and of course newspapers, are but a few of the resources available to genealogists and family historians.

The Archives of Ontario is your best resource for accessing all of these record collections. Click here for the Research Guides and Tools page on the AO website. Don’t forget to check out the Citing Archival Records guide-book as well.

Contact Information for the Archives of Ontario:

Mailing Address:

The Archives of Ontario (map)

34 Ian Macdonald Boulevard

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

M7A 2C5

Email Address:

reference@ontario.ca

Telephone

1-800-668-9933 Toll-Free Number (Ontario only)

416-327-1600

Website

http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/en/index.aspx 

Advertise in Ontario Genealogical Society’s Quarterly Journal: Families

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

Do you run your own business that may be of interest to genealogists? You may want to consider advertising in Families.

Families is the OGS quarterly journal for all members of The Ontario Genealogical Society. It includes:

- researched, referenced and illustrated articles

- Name Game, a queries column

- In Review, a book review section on books of interest to genealogists

Check out our advertising rates to see if we’re a good fit for your company:http://www.ogs.on.ca/membership/Families-advertising-rates.PDF

FYI: OGS Genealogy Webinar for January 2014 Announced

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

All OGS members are invited to attend the next lecture in our Monthly Genealogy Webinar Series: Problem Solving With Timelines, with Speaker Beth Foulk

Date: Saturday Jan. 4th, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Online via Members Only

Problem Solving with Timelines
When you create a personal timeline on an ancestor’s life, it is easy to see facts, relationships, and stories emerge that were never before apparent. Learn how to create a timeline and the many uses for them in genealogy research and analysis.

Beth Foulk is a Professional Genealogist based in Missouri, U.S.A. She discovered her love of genealogy through her father, who built a 115-name family tree with every family member’s name he knew. She shares her knowledge through lectures, articles, her website:http://www.genealogydecoded.com/index.html, and one-on-one assistance. Beth has been teaching at the Midwest Genealogy Center since June 2008 and gave her first Webinar in September 2013.

All OGS members will have access to this Webinar through a link in the Members Only area. If you wish to receive a reminder about this Webinar, please contact the Provincial Office:provoffice@ogs.on.ca 

*Please note that OGS Provincial Office will be closed from Tuesday, December 24 through to Wednesday, January 1, 2014. 

OGS Publications: 30th Anniversary Edition of Genealogy in Ontario: Searching the Records

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Genealogy in Canada 30 Anniversary Edition

Brenda Dougall Merriman

$30.00

The 30th Anniversary edition offers the most up-to-date information about genealogical resources in Ontario.

Reviewers and users have found that Genealogy in Ontario is required reading for family historians from every background. Merriman gives details of source material in archives and libraries, in municipal and federal collections, in religious institutions and military fonds. She explains where to find the records, the context for their creation and how to use the finding aids.

Also included are discussions of the diversity of land records, court documentation, educational sources, native and ethnic interests, occupations and immigration through the years, among other subjects. By making all this information available in one volume, Brenda Dougall Merriman saves genealogists countless hours of research.

2013 329p appendices and index

Click here to purchase this book from the OGS eStore

Please note: OGS Provincial Office will be closed from December 24th – January 1st. All eStore orders will be processed on January 2nd, 2014.

OGS President’s Update

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

President Shirley Sturdevant’s fall update is posted in the Members Only section of The Society web page under “Board Information for Members.” As part of the Board’s policy to increase transparency, the Board has made Society documents such as our Strategic Plan and Privacy Policy available to members and the public at the bottom of The Society’s homepage at www.ogs.on.ca.

Members are also invited to view Board agendae and approved minutes in the Members Only “Board Information for Members” and to contribute to future agendae by contacting the president at president[@]ogs.on.ca. Watch the online OGS calendar for upcoming meetings and read the President’s updates for more information on how to attend face-to-face or online Board Meetings.

Be informed; be involved.

FYI: TONI Update

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

The TONI committee has reported that another 24,541 records have been added to The Ontario Name Index bringing the total number of entries to 2,514,931. On top of the many additions from OGS branches, the index now includes records from the following Ontario Heritage Organizations:

- Millbrook Cavan Historical Society

-Bruce Township Historical Society

-Westminster Historical Society

-Upper Ottawa Valley Genealogy Group

-Northumberland County Archives

Now is a great time to search these new records for your ancestors:https://www.ogs.on.ca/integrated/toni_database1.php

FYI:3rd OGS Genealogy Webinar Now Archived in the Members Only Section

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Kathyrn Hogan’s webinar, Mapping your Ancestor’s Footsteps, has now been archived in the Member’s Only section of the OGS Website.

Imagine walking a mile in your ancestors’ footsteps. Maps can help you do that. Discover why maps are important to family historians, explore different types of maps, and learn how to use maps in your family history, including Google Maps and Google Earth.

Kathryn Hogan, P.L.C.G.S is a graduate of the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. She has been helping others find their ancestors since 2007 when she opened her business Looking 4 Ancestors. She has spoken at Conferences and meetings in Canada and the United States covering family history topics that are useful to genealogists the world over. She is currently the OGS Webinar Coordinator.

FYI:Ontario Genealogy Society Open Forum

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

The Ontario Genealogical Society invites members and non-members to join in an online discussion with President, Shirley Sturdevant. Ask questions and make comments about the changing face of OGS and volunteer opportunities with the Society.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.
More information will follow.

This forum is open to anyone who is interested but you may express your interest and receive a reminder and your own copy of the login information by contacting the OGS provincial office at provoffice@ogs.on.ca.

Please use the subject line “GS Open Forum.”

FYI:Douglas Skogstad Appointed OGS Secretary

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

As of January 2014, Douglas Skogstad, current Director for Region XI will be taking on the position of Society Secretary. Douglas takes over from Bob Crawford who sadly passed away last month.

The OGS Secretary maintains minutes and records of Board meetings as well as the AGM, acts as a signing officer for the Society, and is responsible for the general correspondence of the Society among other tasks.

We thank Douglas for volunteering for this role.

FYI: Important News About Niagara Peninsula Branch Facebook Page

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Hi Folks, BIG ANNOUNCEMENT HERE!

Our Branch is changing from a regular Facebook Page to a Group Page. This will give us more options to bring bigger and better content to the public.

Tentatively, our current page will be closing around the New Year. We would be extremely pleased and honoured, if you would join us in the new group setting.

The new group can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NBOGS/

We thank you for your continued support of the Niagara Peninsula Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society!

All webmaster’s, please change any links to this Page, to the new Group. Thank you.