Microfilm Interloan Service

What vital statistics microfilm does the Archives hold?


The Archives of Ontario has the Indexes (where they exist) and Registration Books from the Office of the Registrar General of Ontario for:

  • Births registrations and indexes on microfilm– 1869 -1917
  • Births registrations online, at www.familysearch.org[ca. 1830]-1912, predominantly 1869-1912 (note: these records include registrations for a small number of pre-1869 births)
  • Birth registrations online, at www.ancestry.ca – 1869-1913
  • Marriage registrations and indexes on microfilm – [ca. 1801]-1932
  • Marriage registrations online, at www.familysearch.org[ca. 1801]-1927
  • Marriage registrations online, at www.ancestry.ca – [ca. 1801]-1928, 1933-1935
  • Death registrations and indexes on microfilm - 1869-1942 plus deaths of Ontarians overseas, 1939-1947
  • Death registrations online, at www.familysearch.org1869-1937 plus deaths of Ontarians overseas, 1939-1947
  • Death registrations online, at www.ancestry.ca1869-1938, 1943-1945,  plus deaths of Ontarians overseas, 1939-1947

    Registrations for the 1936 marriages and 1946 deaths are closed for scanning.
    For birth registrations after 1917, marriage registrations after 1946 and death registrations after 1946, you must contact the Office of the Registrar General.

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What information is recorded in the Registrations?


The information below was requested but was not always recorded in the Registration. The information given to the Registrar and/or the data recorded can be incomplete, entered on the wrong line, or incorrect.

Information Recorded in Registrations

Event Information Recorded

BIRTHS
(Pre-1869, and July 1869-1917)

Year of birth
Name
Gender
Father's name
Mother's maiden name
Father's rank or occupation
Signature and residence of informant (usually a relative)
Accoucheur's name (person assisting with the birth)
Registration date
Registrar's signature
County or District of registration (an exact city, town or township is normally not given for the earliest years)

MARRIAGES
(1801-June 1869)

The information recorded varies widely and can be very limited in the early years (e.g. name of groom, bride, and clergy; location, date, and religion of ceremony).

MARRIAGES
(July 1869-1935)

About each person:
Name
Age
Place of residence and of birth
Marital status (bachelor/ widower; spinster/ widow)
Occupation
Fathers' name
Mothers' maiden name
Religious denomination

About the marriage:
Location (not of the church but of the town or township)
Date
Witnesses' names and residences
Name of clergy conducting the marriage
Whether by issuance of a marriage license or publication of banns
Registration date

DEATHS
(July 1869-1945)

Name
Age
Sex
Religious affiliation
Rank or profession
Birth place
Cause of death
Name and description of informant
Registrar's name
Date registered
County or District of registration

After 1907, the burial place, father's name, mother's maiden name, and more information regarding cause of death and reporting physician were also requested. This information was not always included.

If you have never seen a registration before you may wish to view our examples of Birth, Marriage and Death registrations.

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How do I find a particular Birth, Marriage or Death Registration?


Due to limited resources and very high demand, the Archives of Ontario is not able to perform searches and provide copies of registrations. You must perform your own search by doing one of the following:

  • Searching the registrations online on www.ancestry.ca or www.familysearch.org (see above to find what years are available online)
  • Visiting our Reading Room,
    134 Ian Macdonald Blvd., Toronto.
  • Borrowing the indexes and registrations that you require through our Microfilm Interloan Service. This service allows you to order microfilmed records through a public library or another institution that is part of the interlibrary loan system. The Vital Statistics main page is designed to help you find the microfilm reels that you need.

  • Borrowing the indexes and registrations that you require through FamilySearch. To learn more about the records they hold and how to locate the centre nearest to you, visit the FamilySearch website , contact your local public library, or call 1-800-346-6044 (North America only). You must visit the Centres as they do not accept written enquiries. Telephone first to confirm their hours.

  • Hiring an independent researcher to perform a search for you. Please see Archives of Ontario Customer Service Guide 111 - Genealogical Researchers in Ontario - [Word, PDF]

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You can request to obtain a certified copy of birth, marriage and death registrations held by the Archives of Ontario by mail, email, fax of telephone. In your request please include, as far as you know, the name of the person(s), the location, the date, and the parents’ names (for a birth). Archives staff will conduct a 5 year search using the information provided.

Requests can also be made in person in the Archives’ Reading Room from the registrations the Archives has on microfilm [insert dates on microfilm]. You or a representative can visit the Archives Reading Room (134 Ian Macdonald Blvd., Toronto) and print out the registrations from microfilm in the presence of Archives staff. The staff will then submit the registration for certification.

Certifications cost $33.00 plus HST and can take up to 14 business days to process.

Click here to access Research Guide 202 Vital Statistic Records  for information on obtaining certifications and how you can conduct your own search and locate a registration before requesting a certified copy.

Please note: The Archives does not issue birth, marriage or death certificates.

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Can I buy vital statistics microfilm?


Purchasing Vital Statistics Microfilm

The following vital statistics microfilm is available for purchase directly from the Ontario Genealogical Society:

Indexes

  • Indexes to Births and Stillbirths, 1869-1912 - MS 929, Reels 1-231: 35mm; MS 929, Reels 232-245: 16mm

  • Indexes to Marriages, 1873-1927 - MS 934, Reels 1-22, 26 : 16mm; Reel 23-25: 35mm

  • Indexes to Deaths, 1869-1937 - MS 937, Reels 1-22, 28: 16mm; Reel 23-26: 35mm



Registrations

  • Registrations of Births and Stillbirths, 1869-1912 - MS 929, Reels 1-231: 35mm; MS 929, Reels 232-245: 16mm

  • Delayed Registrations of Births and Stillbirths, "50" Series, 1869-1912 - MS 930, Reels 1-70 : 35mm; MS 930, Reels 71-74 : 16mm

  • Delayed Registrations of Births and Stillbirths, "90" Series, 1869-1912 - MS 933, Reels 1-66 : 35mm; MS 933, Reel 67-68 : 16mm

  • Registrations of Marriages, 1869-1927 - MS 932, Reels 1-833 : 35mm; MS 932, Reels 834-880 : 16mm

  • Registrations of Deaths, 1869-1937 - MS 935, Reels 1-601 : 35mm; MS 935, Reels 602-615 : 16mm



Other Vital Statistics Records (35 mm microfilm:)

  • Original Index Books to Birth, Marriage and Death Registrations, July-December 1869 - MS 938, Reel 1

  • Original Index Books to Birth and Stillbirth Registrations, 1869-1905 - MS 939, Reels 1-32

  • Original Index Books to Marriage Registrations, 1870-1911 - MS 941, Reels 1-20

  • Original Index Books to Death Registrations, 1870-1911 - MS 942, Reels 1-14

  • Evidence for Delayed Registrations of Births, 1861-1897 - MS 946, Reel 1

  • Delayed Registrations of Marriages, 1892-1919 - MS 948, Reels 1-5

  • Direct Clergy Returns for Simcoe County Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1892-1896 - MS 936, Reel 1

  • Marriage License Books, 1907-1910 - MS 945, Reels 1-12

  • Registrations of Ontario Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947 - MS 944, Reels 1-11

  • Division Registrar Vital Statistics Records, 1858-1935 - MS 940, Reels 1-29


For information on how to place an order, visit the Ontario Genealogical Society website or contact the OGS at:

The Ontario Genealogical Society
2100 Steeles Avenue West, Suite 202
Toronto, Ontario L4K 2V1
Tel: 416-489-0734
Toll-free: 1-855-697-6687
Fax: 855-695-8080
E-mail: provoffice@ogs.on.ca

Please note: Some reels contain only a few records. This occurs most frequently in the following series:

  • Delayed Registrations of Births and Stillbirths, "50" Series, 1869-1912 - MS 930, Reels 1-74

  • Delayed Registrations of Births and Stillbirths, "90" Series, 1869-1912 - MS 933, Reels 1-68

  • Delayed Registrations of Marriages, 1892-1919 - MS 948, Reels 1-5

  • Division Registrar Vital Statistics Records, 1858-1935 - MS 940, Reels 1-29

Reels with few records will have a short range of registration numbers in the descriptive tables. For example, the entry for Delayed Registrations of Births and Stillbirths listed below contains only 24 registrations:

Example of Delayed Registrations of Births and Stillbirths

Year of Birth Volume Registration Numbers Archives of Ontario Microfilm Reference FamilySearch 
Microfilm Reference
1904 3/500 503001-503024 MS 930, Reel 42 2210914

One may consider borrowing the film through the Archives of Ontario Microfilm Interloan Service or from FamilySearch prior to purchase.

Please note filming of vital statistics is undertaken annually based on what is received by the Archives in a given year. Some records series have low annual accumulation rates. Microfilming standards and best practices do not permit the splicing of newly filmed material onto previously filmed reels.

For vital statistics reference assistance, please telephone, write, e-mail, or fax the Archives of Ontario. Archives staff will be glad to answer questions you may have about using vital statistics microfilm. You may also visit our Reading Room,
134 Ian Macdonald Blvd., Toronto.

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How can I access more recent vital statistics?


For Births 1918-present, Marriages 1937-present, and Deaths 1947-present, you must contact:

Office of the Registrar General
189 Red River Road
P.O. Box 4800
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Canada P7B 6L8

- Metropolitan Toronto residents call: 416-325-8305.
- Ontario residents outside Metropolitan Toronto: 1-800-461-2156 (toll-free).
- Outside Ontario: 416-325-8305.
- Online at www.serviceontario.ca

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