Ontario Deaths - What else you can try
This page will give you additional guidance and resources to find death information for your ancestor. Use this page after first completing the death section of the Ontario Guided Research page.
Additional Online Resources
Additional Databases and Online Resources
- 1760-1923: Ontario, Canada, Roman Catholic Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials at Ancestry ($)
- 1800-2019: Canada, Burials, 1800-2019 at MyHeritage ($)
- 1802-1967: Ontario, Canada, Catholic Church Records (Drouin Collection) at Ancestry ($)
- 1826-1989: Ontario, Canada, Toronto Trust Cemeteries at Ancestry ($)
- 1885-1980: Ontario, Canada, The Ottawa Journal (Birth, Marriage and Death Notices) at Ancestry ($)
Online Images (Browsable Only)
Some collections have not been indexed but are available to browse image by image.
- 1760-1923: Ontario, Roman Catholic Church Records at FamilySearch Historical Records
- 1854-1873: Civil registration of births, marriages and deaths, and coroners' returns, Ontario at FamilySearch Catalog
- 1939-1947: Ontario statistics overseas--deaths, 1939-1947 at FamilySearch Catalog
- 1858-1930: Division registrar vital statistics records, 1858-1930 at FamilySearch Catalog
Additional Records with Death Information
Substitute records can contain information about more than one event, and are used when records for an event are not available. Because the substitute records may not be created at the time of the event, it may contain incorrect information. Search for as many substitute records as possible to corroborate information found in substitute records to help improve accuracy.
|Use these substitute records to locate death information about your ancestor:|
|Why to search the records|
|Gravestone inscriptions and cemetery records may include a death date.|
|Church death and burial records may be available when civil death records cannot be found. To access church records, first determine the denomination.|
|Newspapers contain obituaries and death notices. They often include the death date and place of the deceased.|
|Obituaries list date and place of death for the deceased. More recent obituaries may also list other deceased family members.|
|Wills and probate records list death date and place.|
|May include death information for servicemen.|
Tips for finding deaths
Successfully finding death records in online databases depends on a few key points. Try the following search suggestions:
- Spelling variations. Your ancestor's name may be misspelled. Search with spelling variations for the first and last name of your ancestor.
- Search given name. Search by given name (leave out the last name) with the approximate date of birth or death.
- Add information. For common names, add more information to narrow the search such as approximate birth date or parent's names if known.
- Date range. Expand the date range of the search by 5 years.
- Search province. Search using the province name only instead of by smaller locality.
Why the Record may not Exist
Known Record Gaps
- 1869 Civil registration began. Before this, death records mostly come from church records.