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On Our Website: IOOF Insurance Database

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There are several databases full of Ontario genealogical information available on our website through our Members Only section. Become a member to take advantage of these resources.

One of these databases is the

 IOOF Insurance Papers Database

Between 1875 and 1929, the Independent Order of Oddfellows (IOOF) operated a life insurance program. Approximately 60,000 men from all across Canada applied. The program was eventually operated by Empire Life, who held all the application forms. A few years ago Empire Life gave these application forms to the OGS. We have spent nearly four years indexing these forms.

As a member of the Ontario Genealogical Society you can search the index to these forms. It contains: an applicant’s last and first names, his date of birth, the community he was living in when he applied, the province, the policy number, and the policy date.

Once you have found a name you are interested in, you can apply to us for the application form itself.

The actual application form contains a great deal more information about the applicant including health information, marital status, occupation, beneficiary of the policy, number of siblings, and a health status of siblings, parents, and grandparents. It also includes the signature of the applicant and may include interesting attachments.

We can (for a modest fee) send you a copy of any application form that is more than 100 years old.

This information could be very useful to someone researching their family history.

Please note: The presence of medical information in the application forms and the associated privacy concerns with regards to medical information mean that we cannot make available any forms that were created less than 100 years ago. These forms will become available as the 100 year mark is passed.

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