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== Record Description  ==
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| title = Ontario Births, 1869-1912
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| end_year = 1912
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| title_language = Ontario Births
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| FS_URL_03 = [[Ontario Genealogy|Ontario]]
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| FS_URL_04 = [[Ontario Vital Records]]
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| FS_URL_05 = [[Ontario Civil Registration- Vital Records]]
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| FS_URL_06 = [[Canada Historic Maps]]
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| FS_URL_08 = [[Canada History Links]]
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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://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~births/index.htm Ontario Birth Registrations]
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This collection covers from 1869 through 1912.
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== What is in this Collection? ==
  
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.  
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This index covers births from 1869 through 1912.  
  
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.
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Births were not recorded by civil authorities before 1869.  
  
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
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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.  
  
Births were recorded in Ontario to better serve public health needs and to provide demographic and personal identification.  
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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.  
  
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.  
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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
  
=== Citation for this Collection  ===
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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:
  
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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Registrar General<br> 189 Red River Road<br> P.O. Box 4600<br> Thunder Bay, ON P7B 6L8<br> CANADA
  
{{Collection citation | text= "Ontario Births, 1869-1912." Index. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.}}
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===To Browse this Collection===
  
<br> [[Ontario Births (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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{{Collection Browse Link
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== Record Content  ==
 
  
These birth records may contain the following information:  
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== What Can these Records Tell Me? ==
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Birth records may contain the following information:  
  
 
*Full name of child  
 
*Full name of child  
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*County where the record was created
 
*County where the record was created
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
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== Collection Content ==
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===Sample Image===
  
To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
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Image:Ontario Births, (15-0520) Birth record DGS 4018490 00010.jpg|Birth Record
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*Ancestors name  
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==How Do I Search the Collection?==
*Approximate year of birth
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You can search the index or view the images or both. To begin your search it is helpful to know:
*Names of parents
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*The name of your ancestor
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*The name of a relative or date of the event
  
==== Search the Collection  ====
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=== Search the Index ===
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Search by name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803969 Collection Page].
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#Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
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#Click '''Search''' to show possible matches
  
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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=== View the Images ===
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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/1784212/waypoints Browse Page].
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# Select '''Record Type'''
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# Select '''Year'''
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# Select '''Registration Number Range'''
  
==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
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Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.
  
*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 parents’ birthplaces can indicate former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.<br>
 
*If you want to find more information about your 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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For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
  
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.  
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1784212 Ontario Births, 1869-1910]. Click on camera icon to see images.}}
*There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.
 
  
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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==What Do I Do Next?==
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=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
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*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 [https://familysearch.org/catalog/search FamilySearch Catalog].
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*Use the information in the record to find other records such as marriage, christening, census, land and death records.
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*Use the information to find additional family members.
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*Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
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*[[Ontario Church Records| Church Records]] often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
  
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Ontario Births (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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=== 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.  Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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*Collect entries for every person who has the same surname.  This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
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*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, 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, especially French versions.
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.html 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 indexes and records of [[Ontario, Canada Genealogy]].
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*Search in the [[Ontario Archives and Libraries]].
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*Search in the [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=304&query=%2Bplace%3A%22Canada%2C%20Ontario%22%20%2Bkeywords%3Abirths FamilySearch Library Catalog]
  
== Related Websites  ==
 
  
[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~births/index.htm Ontario Birth Registrations]
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== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Ontario Births (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.
  
*[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Ontario Ontario]
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==Citing This Collection==
*[[Ontario Civil Registration- Vital Records]]
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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.  
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'''Collection Citation''':<br>
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have researched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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'''Image Citation''':<br>
 
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{{Incomplete Citations}}
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Example for an Indexed Collection: “Delaware Marriage Records,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 4 March 2011), William Anderson and Elizabeth Baynard Henry, 1890; citing Delaware, State Marriage Records, no. 859, Delaware Bureau of Archives and Records Management, Dover.
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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:

Registrar General
189 Red River Road
P.O. Box 4600
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 6L8
CANADA

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Ontario Births, 1869-1912.


What Can these Records Tell Me?

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

Collection Content

Sample Image

How Do I Search the Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The name of a relative or date of the event

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.

  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page.

  1. Select Record Type
  2. Select Year
  3. Select Registration Number Range

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.


For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

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.
  • Use the information in the record to find other records such as marriage, christening, census, land and death records.
  • Use the information to find additional family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

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. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, 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, especially French versions.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Ontario, Canada Genealogy.
  • Search in the Ontario Archives and Libraries.
  • Search in the FamilySearch Library Catalog


Known Issues with This Collection

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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 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

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 Births, 1869-1910." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. 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.


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, 1869-1912.


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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.

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