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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.
This collection covers from 1869 through 1912.
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.
Citation for this Collection
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- Registrar General. Ontario births. Archives of Ontario, Canada.
Important biographical information found in these birth records:
- Full name of child
- When the child was born
- 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
Beginning Your Search
To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
- Ancestors name
- Approximate year of birth
- Names of parents
Using the Information
- Use the birth date along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
- Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
- The father’s occupation can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.
- The parents’ birthplaces can indicate former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
If you want to find more information about the family, it is often helpful to extract the information from the records of all the children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile birth entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the birth records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born in the same county or nearby.
When you have located your ancestor’s birth record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.
Compare the information in the birth record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination. Be aware that as with any index, transcription errors may occur.
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- Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
- There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.
Searching the Index
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"Ontario Births, 1869-1912." database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 1 April 2011). r Harry Graham Kritzer, 6 March 1912; citing Birth Records, FHL microfilm 2,435,796; Archives of Ontario, Toronto, Canada.
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