Ontario, Toronto Trust Cemeteries (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Toronto, Ontario,  Canada
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Location of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Record Description
Record Type Burials
Collection years 1826-1989
Languages English
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Superintendent of Administrative Services

What is in this Collection?

This collection covers cemetery records from 1826 to 1989. Indexed records are available until 1935.

This collection is now complete as of October 22, 2013.

These records include an index and images from several Toronto cemeteries, including: York General Burying Ground (also called Potter’s Field), 1826-1855; Necropolis Cemetery, 1850-1912 (the index will continue to 1935); Mount Pleasant Cemetery, 1876-1933; Prospect Cemetery, 1890-1935.

The records included were created to provide a list of those buried in the Toronto Trust Cemeteries: Potter’s Field, Toronto Necropolis, Mount Pleasant Cemetery, and Prospect Cemetery.

The registers are hand-written on a preprinted form. The names are arranged alphabetically by surname.

The first non-sectarian cemetery in the city of Toronto was created following the city council’s 1825 decision to purchase a plot of land for this purpose. This was ratified by Parliament in 1826 and the first public cemetery was named the York General Burying Grounds but became better known as “Potter’s Field.” This site would be sold off in 1855 and the remains moved to the newly purchased Toronto Necropolis.

As the city increased in population the trustees of the Toronto General Burying Ground would purchase the Toronto Necropolis from its owners in 1850. With continued increase in population in 1876 the Mount Pleasant Cemetery was added. Finally, in 1890 the Prospect Cemetery was added to serve the city’s growing west end.

These records are especially helpful for identifying ancestors who may not be recorded in other records, such as children who died young or unmarried women.

This collection is a reliable record of individuals buried in the cemeteries, barring human error or deliberate falsification.

For a list of cemeteries currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

Sample Images

Cemetery records may include the following information:

  • Full name of the deceased
  • Age at death (year, month and day)
  • Place of birth
  • Date and place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Full name of nearest relative
  • Name of cemetery
  • Marital status
  • Date and place of burial

How Do I Search the Collection?

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page.

View Images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page. Once you've reached the browse page, follow these instructions to get to the images:
⇒Select the appropriate "Cemetery Name"
⇒Select the appropriate "Volume Number" which will take you to the images

Search the collection images one by one, comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. 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.

What do I do Next?

I Found Who I was Looking for, Now What?

  • Don't forget to also search for your ancestor in death records as well as these cemetery records. You can try the Ontario Deaths collection on FamilySearch to begin your search.
  • Use information such as age at death, to calculate a birth date. You will then have more information to try searching through the Ontario, Births collection to find a birth record.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, Now What?

  • Search the sexton’s records which should list everyone who was buried in the cemetery.
  • Relatives may be buried in adjoining plots, so examine the plot layout in addition to an alphabetical transcript.

Known Issues with This Collection

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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Citing This Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.  

Collection Citation:

"Ontario, Toronto Trust Cemeteries, 1826-1989." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Superintendent of Administrative Services.

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, Toronto Trust Cemeteries, 1826-1989.

Image Citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Ontario, Toronto Trust Cemeteries, 1826-1989.

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