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Canada, Ontario Deaths,1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947
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Ontario, Canada
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Record Description
Record Type Deaths
Collection years 1869-1947
Languages English
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Archives of Ontario


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes an index of death records from July 1869 through 1937 and overseas deaths of Ontario military personnel from 1939-1947. Registrations were kept on printed forms and then bound into volumes. The entries are arranged chronologically by date of registration. A provincial act to register births, marriages, and deaths went into effect on July 1, 1869. This act created the Office of the Registrar General, and in each county or incorporated city or town, a clerk of the peace acted as the district registrar. Each municipality (city, village, town, township, or district) had a division registrar who sent all their books to a district registrar. This district registrar then transmitted the records to the registrar general at the provincial level. In 1875, the office of district registrar was eliminated, and the division registrars began sending their registrations directly to the registrar general.

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Canada, Ontario Deaths,1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Death before 1908

  • Name of the deceased
  • Death and registration date
  • Birthplace of the deceased
  • Either the spouse's name of deceased or, if single, the father's name (1907-1908)
  • Age at death
  • Gender
  • Name of the informant
  • Informant's relationship to deceased (often a relative)
  • Former residence of the deceased (1896–1906)
  • Residence of the informant (1869–1896)

Death after 1908

  • Full name of the father and maiden name of the mother
  • Parents' birthplace
  • Place of death. The place of death was implied by the divisions and county where the event was registered

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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  • The name of your ancestor
  • The name of a relative or date of the event

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

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  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

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How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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  • Analyze the entry to see if it provides additional clues to find other records of the person or their family
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This can help you find possible relatives
  • Search the records of nearby areas
  • Check for other names. An individual might appear under an unexpected name for a variety of reasons:
    • They might have been listed under a middle name, nickname, or abbreviation of their given name
    • A woman may have returned to her maiden name after the death of her husband

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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