Ontario Births (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Ontario,  Canada
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Location of Ontario, Canada
Record Description
Record Type Births
Collection years 1869-1910
Languages English
Title in the Language Ontario Births
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What is in this Collection?

This index covers 1869 through 1910.

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

Sample Images

Records vary by year.

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 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 "Record Type"
⇒Select the appropriate "Year"
⇒Select the appropriate "Registration Number Range"
which takes you to the images

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at FamilySearch Search Tips.

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.

What do I do Next?

I Found Who I was Looking for, Now What?

  • This collection is an index and images. Always look at the image to see if there is extra information not included in the index. Look for the GS number listed on the record you found, if you are interested in finding the catalog entry for the set of records your ancestor is located in. The GS number is the microfilm number that can be used to do this. To find out more about what is on the microfilm you're interested in, use the FamilySearch Catalog.

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

  • Try searching other birth collections this (like Ontario birth collection) and keep in mind that this index is not complete.

Known Issues with This Collection

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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki 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

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Collection Citation:

"Ontario Births, 1869-1910." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. 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, 1869-1910.

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 Births, 1869-1910.

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