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== Record Description  ==
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| title = Ontario, Toronto Trust Cemeteries, 1826-1989
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| RW_URL_01 = [http://www.ontariogenealogy.com/ Ontario Genealogy Overview]
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| RW_URL_02 = [https://www.ogs.on.ca/ Ontario Genealogical Society]
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| RW_URL_03 = [http://www.islandnet.com/ocfa/homepage.html Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid]
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| RW_URL_04 = [http://www.mountpleasantgroup.com/Default.aspx?DN=b7efafa7-a9f0-452f-b245-69442fda92ab Mount Pleasant Group of Cemeteries]
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This collection covers cemetery records from 1826 to 1935.
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== What is in this Collection? ==
  
This collection is now complete as of October 22, 2013.  
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This collection covers cemetery records from 1826 to 1989. Indexed records are available until 1935.  
  
 
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.  
 
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.  
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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 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.  
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The registers are hand-written on a pre-printed 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.  
 
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.  
 
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.  
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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.  
 
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 [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1627831/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.  
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For a list of cemeteries currently published in this collection, select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1627831/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.  
  
== Record Content ==
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== Collection Content ==
  
<gallery caption="Toronto Trust Cemeteries" widths="160px" heights="120px" perrow="3">
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===Sample Images===
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<gallery perrow="3" heights="120px" widths="160px" caption="Toronto Trust Cemeteries">
 
Image:Toronto Trust Cemeteries004455467 00009.jpg|Cemetery Record Example   
 
Image:Toronto Trust Cemeteries004455467 00009.jpg|Cemetery Record Example   
 
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== What Can this Collection Tell Me? ==
Cemetery records may include the following information:  
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'''Cemetery records''' may include the following information:  
  
 
*Full name of the deceased  
 
*Full name of the deceased  
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*Date and place of burial
 
*Date and place of burial
  
== How to Use the Collection ==
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==How Do I Search the Collection?==
 
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To begin your search it is helpful to know:
To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:  
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*The name of your ancestor.
 
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*The approximate date of death.
*Name of ancestor  
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*The place where your ancestor died.
*Approximate year and place of death  
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*The name of the cemetery where your ancestor was buried.
*Name of cemetery
 
 
 
==== 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.  
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'''Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1627831?collectionNameFilter=false Collection Page:]'''<br>Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information 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 several persons in the list before you find your ancestor.
  
To search the collection image by image<br> ⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page:<br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Cemetery Name"<br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Volume Number" which will take you to the images<br>  
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'''View images in this collection by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1627831/waypoints Browse Page:]'''<br> To search this collection you will need to follow this series of links: <br>⇒Select "Browse Images" on the initial search page<br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Cemetery Name"<br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Volume Number" which will take you to the images<br>
  
Look at the 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. Keep in mind:
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==What Do I Do Next?==
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Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.
  
*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.  
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===I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?===
*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.  
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*Don't forget to also search for your ancestor in death records as well as these cemetery records. You can try the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1307826?collectionNameFilter=false Ontario Deaths] collection on FamilySearch to begin your search.
*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
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*Sometimes a person is buried in a city or town in which they did not die so it is not always accurate to assume that a burial place is the same as a death place. The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records, which often include the names and residences of other family members. If a family member was buried in a church cemetery, it may mean they were members of that congregation, and their existing church records should be examined.
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*Use information such as age at death, to calculate a birth date then search for a birth record.  One place to look is the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1784212?collectionNameFilter=false Ontario, Births] collection.
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*Use the information to find your ancestors in Censuses. These can help you find additional family members and places of residence.
  
==== Using the Information  ====
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===I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?===
 
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*Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc.
This collection can be used to find valid information about individuals buried in the Toronto Trust Cemeteries.  
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*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they were born, married or died, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.  
 
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*Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.  
Often cemetery records contain the birth and death date of individuals, their marital status, where they were born and the cause of death. This information can also be used to locate the grave marker or plot of an individual within the cemetery.  
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.shtml nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nickname-given-name-equivalents.htm these names] as well.
 
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*Search the sexton’s records which should list everyone who was buried in the cemetery.  
==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ====
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*Relatives may be buried in adjoining plots, so examine the plot layout in addition to an alphabetical transcript.
 
 
*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 original record rather than an alphabetical transcript.
 
 
 
==== General Information About These Records  ====
 
 
 
These records are especially helpful for identifying ancestors not recorded in other records, such as children who died young or women.  
 
  
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
  
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Ontario, Toronto Trust Cemeteries (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org 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.
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| bgcolor="#fff3e7" style="vertical-align:top; line-height:125%; padding-top:8px" | '''Problems with this collection?'''<br>[https://familysearch.org/ask/salesforce/viewArticle?urlname=Ontario-Toronto-Trust-Cemeteries-1826-1989-known-issues&lang=en See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.]
*[http://www.islandnet.com/ocfa/homepage.html Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid]  
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*[http://www.mountpleasantgroupofcemeteries.ca/about_us/about_mpgc.asp Mount Pleasant Group of Cemeteries]
 
 
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
 
 
*[[Canada]]  
 
*[[Canada Cemeteries|Canada Cemeteries]]
 
*[[Ontario Cemeteries|Ontario Cemeteries]]
 
*[[Canada Maps]]
 
 
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
 
 
 
{{Contributor_invite}}
 
 
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
  
Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box. [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/records/collection/1627831/waypoints Ontario, Toronto Trust Cemeteries, 1826-1935]  
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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [https://familysearch.org/ask/salesforce/viewArticle?urlname=Ontario-Toronto-Trust-Cemeteries-1826-1989-known-issues&lang=en article]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org 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.
  
When you copy information from the record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find th record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you do not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
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==Citing This Collection==
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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.  
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched in found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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'''Collection Citation''':<br>
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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{{Collection citation|text="Ontario, Toronto Trust Cemeteries, 1826-1989." Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Superintendent of Administrative Services.}}
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'''Record Citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br>
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{{Record Citation Link
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
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'''Image Citation''':<br>
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{{Image Citation Link
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{{Collection citation | text= "Ontario, Toronto Trust Cemeteries, 1826-1935." Index and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Superintendent of Administrative Services.}}  
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
  
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{{Contributor_invite}}
  
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Record Description
Record Type Burials
Collection years 1826-1989
Languages English
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FamilySearch Resources
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Archive
Superintendent of Administrative Services


What is in this Collection?

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

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 pre-printed 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.

Collection Content

Sample Images

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

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?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The approximate date of death.
  • The place where your ancestor died.
  • The name of the cemetery where your ancestor was buried.

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 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 several persons in the list before you 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 "Cemetery Name"
⇒Select the appropriate "Volume Number" which will take you to the images

What Do I Do Next?

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • 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.
  • Sometimes a person is buried in a city or town in which they did not die so it is not always accurate to assume that a burial place is the same as a death place. The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records, which often include the names and residences of other family members. If a family member was buried in a church cemetery, it may mean they were members of that congregation, and their existing church records should be examined.
  • Use information such as age at death, to calculate a birth date then search for a birth record. One place to look is the Ontario, Births collection.
  • Use the information to find your ancestors in Censuses. These can help you find additional family members and places of residence.

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

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they were born, married or died, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • 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

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

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.


How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.