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Ontario Vital Statistics: Registrations of Births, Marriages and Deaths



Photo: Bride and Groom, Torges wedding, [ca. 1945]
Bride and Groom, Torges wedding, [ca. 1945]
Gordon W. Powley
Black and white negative
Reference Code: C 5-1-0-126-2
Archives of Ontario, I0002756



Introduction


Vital statistics are records pertaining to births, marriages and deaths within the province of Ontario. The Archives holds a significant number of these records.

Vital Statistics Records Held by the Archives


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

  • Births: [ca. 1830]-1917 . predominantly 1869-1917(note: these records include registrations for a small number of pre-1869 births)
    • Registrations and Indexes, 1869-1917 are available on microfilm (see below)
    • Registrations, [ca. 1830]-1912 are available online at www.familysearch.org
    • Registrations, 1869-1913 are available online at www.ancestry.ca

Please note: Due to changes in regulations, 1918 and newer birth registrations and indexes will not be transferred to the Archives of Ontario until 104 years after the year of registration. The 1918 birth registrations and indexes will be transferred to the Archives in 2023.

  • Marriages: [ca. 1801]-1937 (Note: There are many gaps in pre-1869 marriage records)
    • Registrations and Indexes, [ca. 1801]-1932 are available on microfilm (see below)
    • Transcriptions (no images of registrations, [ca. 1801]-1869 are available online at www.familysearch.org and www.ancestry.ca
    • Registrations, 1869-1927 are available online at www.familysearch.org
    • Registrations, 1869-1928 and 1933-1936 are available online at www.ancestry.ca

  • Deaths: 1869-1947
    • Registrations and Indexes, 1869-1942 are available on microfilm (see below)
    • Registrations, 1869-1937 are available online at www.familysearch.org
    • Registrations, 1869-1938 and 1943-1946 are available online at www.ancestry.ca
    • Registrations of death of Ontario overseas, 1939-1947, are available on microfilm (see below), and online at www.familysearch.org and www.ancestry.ca

Marriage registrations for 1937 and death registrations for 1947 are closed for digitization. Please contact us if you require a copy for legal or humanitarian reasons.

For registrations after these years, please contact the Office of the Registrar General.

Availability of the Microfilm Copies of the Indexes and Registrations


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.


    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.

Looking Up a Registration on microfilm


The indexes and registrations are not currently available through this web site. They are available on microfilm and, for the years mentioned above, on www.ancestry.ca or www.familysearch.org. This web site provides directions on how to determine which microfilm reels you need in order to find the registrations you are seeking.

Finding a particular birth, marriage or death registration involves the following steps:

  1. 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.

  2. Using the Index microfilm, look up the event and record the registration year and registration number.

  3. 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 Centre.


    Note: You may also consult microfilm copies of the Indexes and Registrations at the Archives of Ontario, 134 Ian Macdonald Blvd., Toronto.

Research Guides and Pathfinders


If you are not familiar with Indexes and Registrations you may want to read the following resources:

  • Understanding the Vital Statistics Indexes (Research Guide 203) [Word, PDF], which explains the information found on the Indexes.

  • Vital Statistics Records (Research Guide 202) [Word, PDF], which explains what information was recorded on the registrations.

If you are not familiar with researching Vital Statistics Registrations you may want to consult the following pathfinders:

  • Births [Word, PDF] - In addition to Birth Registrations for the period 1869 to December 1917, the Archives holds a small number of delayed registrations for .pre-1969 births; these delayed registrations are available on www.familysearch.org.

  • Marriages [Word, PDF] - In addition to marriage registrations for the period 1869 to December 1937, the Archives holds Registrations dating from the early part of the nineteenth century in the form of District and County Marriage Registers.

  • Deaths [Word, PDF] - In addition to the death registrations for the period July  1969 to December 1947, the Archives holds registrations of deaths of Ontarians overseas, 1939-1947.

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