Ontario Births (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Ontario Births, 1869-1912 .
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- 1 What is in this Collection?
- 2 Collection Content
- 3 What Can this Collection Tell Me?
- 4 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Known Issues with This Collection
- 7 Citing This Collection
- 8 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in this Collection?
This index covers births from 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:
189 Red River Road
P.O. Box 4600
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 6L8
The recording of birth records may appear on various types of forms, and these vary by year.
What Can this Collection Tell Me?
Birth records may contain the following information:
- 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 Do I Search the Collection?
To begin your search it is helpful to know:
- The name of your ancestor.
- The approximate year of birth.
- The place where your ancestor was born.
- The name of the child's parents.
Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
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 compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search this collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse Images" on the initial search page
⇒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.
What Do I Do Next?
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.
I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?
- 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, What Now?
- 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
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 email@example.com. 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.
- "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, 1869-1912.|
|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, 1869-1912.|
How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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