Vital statistics are records pertaining to births, marriages and deaths within the province of Ontario. The Archives holds a significant number of these records.
The Archives of Ontario has the Indexes (where they exist) and Registration Books from the Office of the Registrar General of Ontario for:
Microfilm copies of the indexes and registrations may be:
Consulted at the Archives of Ontario, 134 Ian Macdonald Blvd., Toronto.
Borrowed through the Interlibrary Loan Department of your public library. Quote the appropriate MS and reel #. These reels cannot leave the borrowing library, so make sure to order them from a library that has a microfilm reader.
The indexes and registrations up to and including the 1912 births, 1927 marriages,
and 1937 deaths can also be borrowed from FamilySearch through their Family
History Centres. The Family History Centres have a different numbering
system than the Archives of Ontario. Use the microfilm
conversion list to convert our reel numbers to one you can use
at a Family History Centre.
Purchased directly from the Ontario Genealogical Society, up to and including the 1912 births, 1927 marriages,
and 1937 deaths. For a complete listing of vital statistics microfilm available, consult Purchasing
Vital Statistics Microfilm on our Vital Statistics FAQ page, or visit the Ontario
Genealogical Society website.
Note: The Archives of Ontario does not conduct Vital Statistics searches or issue birth, marriage, or death certificates. However, we do offer certified copies for legal purposes.
The indexes and registrations are not currently available through this web site. They are only available on microfilm. This web site provides directions on how to determine which microfilm reels you need in order to find the registrations you are seeking.
Use this web site to find the Index microfilm containing the surname and year of the event that you are looking for. Request that Index reel through a library, archives or other institution that uses the interlibrary loan system or through a Family History Centre.
Using the Index microfilm, look up the event and record the registration year and registration number.
Returning to this web site, find the Registration microfilm containing
the registration year and registration number. Request that Registration reel through
a library, archives or other institution that uses the interlibrary loan system.
Up to the 1912 births, 1927 marriages, and 1937 deaths, this microfilm is also available
through a Family History
Note: You may also consult microfilm copies of the Indexes and Registrations at the Archives of Ontario, 134 Ian Macdonald Blvd., Toronto.
If you are not familiar with Indexes and Registrations you may want to read the following resources:
If you are not familiar with researching Vital Statistics Registrations you may want to consult the following pathfinders:
Marriages [Word, PDF] - In addition to Marriage
Registrations for the period 1869 to December 1932, the Archives holds Registrations dating
from the early part of the nineteenth century in the form of District and County
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