Canada Births and Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Canada Births and Baptism, 1661-1959
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Record Description
Record Type Births and Baptism
Collection years 1661-1959
Languages English
Title in the Language
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Public Archives, Ontario

What is in This Collection?

This index is an electronic index for the years 1661 to 1959. This index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Birth records may include:

  • Full name
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Approximate year of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Province and district of residence

How Do I Search This Collection?

You can search the index. To begin your search it is helpful to know:

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

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Cite the record. See below for help citing this collection
  • Look at an image of the original record. The original may contain information that was not recorded in the index
  • Use the information you have found to find the person in a census record.

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names
  • Check the info box above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records
  • Search the indexes and records of Canada Genealogy
  • Search in the Canada Archives and Libraries
  • Search in the FamilySearch Library Catalog
  • Consult the Canada Record Finder to find other records

Known Issues With This Collection

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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation

"Canada Births and Baptisms, 1661-1959." Database. FamilySearch. : 14 June 2016. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.

Record Citation:
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