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Record Description

This index covers 1869 through 1912.

Births were not recorded by civil authorities before 1869.

These records consist of birth records from Ontario, Canada. The linked search engine allows you to search for ancestors by first and last name, place, and year. Registrations were kept on printed forms and then bound into volumes. The entries are arranged chronologically by date of registration.

A provincial act to register births, marriages, and deaths went into effect on July 1, 1869. This act created the Office of the Registrar General, and in each county or incorporated city or town, a clerk of the peace acted as the district registrar. Each municipality (city, village, town, township, or district) had a division registrar who sent all their books to a district registrar. This district registrar then transmitted the records to the registrar general at the provincial level. In 1875, the office of district registrar was eliminated and the division registrars began sending their registrations directly to the registrar general.

In 1896, the process was altered. Division registrars received a copy of the registration forms from the person who reported the event. These forms were then indexed and entered into new registers. The division registrar made a copy of the form and every six months sent them to the Office of the Registrar General. After 1908, the division registrar made two copies of the original forms, who then kept one locally and sent the other quarterly to the registrar general. Later, the registrar general began indexing the registers

Births were recorded in Ontario to better serve public health needs and to provide demographic and personal identification.

Civil registrations of births were official records and are some of the most reliable sources of information available for those who were born in Ontario.

Other records may be obtained from the Office of the Registrar General. An application form is required. The fee covers a search of records from a five-year period, including two years on either side of the date you request. Write to:

Registrar General
189 Red River Road
P.O. Box 4600
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 6L8
CANADA

Record Content

Birth records may contain the following information:

  • Full name of child
  • When the child was born
  • Gender
  • Name and surname of the father
  • Name and maiden surname of the mother
  • Occupation of father
  • When registered
  • Name of accoucheur (doctor or midwife attending the birth)
  • Signature description and residence of the informant
  • Where the birth was registered
  • County where the record was created

How to Use the Record

To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Ancestors name
  • Approximate year of birth
  • Names of parents

Search the Collection

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

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As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

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Don't overlook FHL Place Canada, Ontario items or FHL Keyword Ontario items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see Ontario Archives and Libraries.

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Citations for This Collection

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Collection Citation:

"Ontario Births, 1869-1912." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.


Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Ontario Births, 1869-1912.


Image Citation:

The citation for an image will be available on each image once the collection is published.

 

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