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How to Use the Indexes to Death Registrations (RG 80-10)


The Indexes to Deaths (RG 80-10) are computerized printouts that were created by the Office of the Registrar General in the 1960's to replace a manual indexing system. To use these indexes you need to know the name of the person whose death you are tracing, and the year in which they died.

The Indexes to Deaths for 1869-1919 are arranged:

  • First, by surname initial
  • Then, by year of the death
  • Lastly, alphabetically by the full name.

The Indexes to Death for for 1920 and after are arranged:

  • First, by year of the death
  • Then, alphabetically by the full name.

The following is an image of a portion of an index page:

Detail of a small section of a death index page to illustrate the various columns on the form

The Indexes list, reading from left to right:

Name: of the person at the time of the death. Remember to check every variation, including phonetic spellings and typographical errors.

Place of registration: the nearest Town or Township Clerk's office.

Date of the death: e.g. 06 12 01 = June 12th 1901.

Year of the registration

Registration number

If you find the death in the Indexes:

Record the registration number and the year of the registration found on the right hand side of the page. Then proceed to the appropriate link below.

What is the Registration Number?

Below 200,000?.

Between 200,000 and 399,999?

Between 500,000 and 999,999?

The Archives of Ontario has not received any delayed registrations of deaths from the Office of the Registrar General. Researchers wishing to obtain a copy of such a registration should contact:

Office of the Registrar General
189 Red River Road
P.O. Box 4600
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Canada P7B 6L8

Tel: 325-8305 (within Toronto)
1-800-461-2156 (toll-free in Ontario)
416-325-8305 (outside of Ontario

If you do NOT find the death in the Indexes to Deaths (RG 80-10) there is a very slight chance that the registration was indexed in:


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