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Ontario Vital Statistics: Registrations of Births, Marriages and Deaths


A new years worth of Vital Statistics is now available. The indexes and registrations for the 1916 births, 1931 marriages, and 1941 deaths are now available on microfilm. These records are available for consultation in our Reading Room at 134 Ian Macdonald Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario. They may also be borrowed through our Microfilm Interloan Service.

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:

  • Marriages: [ca. 1801]-1932 (Note: There are many gaps in pre-1869 marriage records)

All but the last year of these records are publicly available on microfilm. .

The index books and registrations for the 1917 births, 1932 marriages and 1942 deaths are closed for scanning. It is planned that they will be available to the public on microfilm in 2014.

For more recent registrations after these years, you must 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.

  • 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.

Looking Up a Registration


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. Future releases of the Ontario Vital Statistics will be available in 2014.

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] - The Archives holds Birth Registrations for July 1869-December 1916.

  • Marriages [Word, PDF] - In addition to Marriage Registrations for the period 1869 to 1931, 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] - The Archives holds Death Registrations for July 1869- December 1941.

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