Rainy River District, Ontario Genealogy

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Guide to Rainy River District ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

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Writing for a More Recent Birth, Marriage, or Death Record

  • ServiceOntario, Birth Records is the only government-authorized source for obtaining birth certificates. Go to the section entitled "Order a Birth Search". This is the most economical, searches the widest time period, and allows searches for people not immediately related. A letter of information is provided rather than a certificate.
  • ServiceOntario, Marriage Records offers a marriage search option and a historical certificate option.
  • ServiceOntario, Death Records offers a death search option and a historical certificate option. Also official death certificates are available to a wider range of relatives than birth and marriage certificates.

FamilySearch Library Microfilmed Records

Some of the church/civil records have been microfilmed by FamilySearch.These microfilms may be available for viewing at Family History Centers around the world. To find a microfilm:

a. Click on records for Canada, Ontario, Rainy River District. You will see a list of available records for the county.
b. You will also see above the list the link Places within Canada, Ontario, Rainy River District. This will take you to a list of towns in the counties, which are links to records for the specific town.
c. Click on any topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
d. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record. FHL icons.png. The magnifying glass indicates that the microfilm is indexed. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm.

Census Records

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Ontario and Nova Scotia Census, 1800-1842

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Canada Census, 1851

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Census of Canada, 1861

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Census of Canada, 1871

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Census of Canada, 1881

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Census of Canada, 1891

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Census of Canada, 1901

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Census of Canada, 1911

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Census of Canada, 1921

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Church Records

Church records can include baptisms, marriages, burials, membership lists, financial business, and other records for a particular congregation. They may be available online or on microfilm, but frequently they are still with the local church or in centralized archives by religion. The Canadian census records asked for the religion of those listed, so you will be able to narrow down which archives to consult. For help with writing a letter requesting copies of records, see Letter Writing Guide for Genealogy.

Online Church Records

These records are incomplete.


Cemetery Records

See, Ontario Cemeteries for information on cemetery record collections not yet digitized, but available in published sources and on microfilm.

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Populated Places Table

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FORMER NAME, if applicable TYPE



 Aylsworth    Township   Link   Link
 Bergland        Link   Link
 Emo        Link  Link
 Fort Frances         Link   Link
 McCrosson     Township   Link   Link
 Morson       Link   Link
 Pinewood       Link  Link
 Rainy River        Link  Link
 Tovell      Township   Link   Link


The Forebears website will give you an extensive list of websites that could have information for people who lived in this county. Some sites cover just the county, some cover all of Ontario, and some cover all of Canada. Some sites are databases of names and facts about people; other sites cover background information such as maps, history, geography, or genealogy strategies and methods for the region.

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Parent Count

Established in 1885[1], Rainy River District was separated from Thunder Bay District in 1914[2].

Boundary Change

A dispute between Ontario and Manitoba was resolved in 1884 by the Privy Council of Britain, when it upheld an arbitration decision made in 1878.[3]

Record Loss

  1. (1)
  2. (2)
  3. (3)
(1) Ontario north archives
(2) Rainy River research area
(3) Plaque Kenora


 Populated Places

A - B - C
  • Alberton
  • Asmussen
  • Atikokan
  • Atwood
  • Aylsworth
  • Baker
  • Barwick
  • Bennett
  • Blue
  • Burriss
  • Carpenter
  • Chapple
  • Claxton
  • Croome
  • Crozier
  • Curran

D - E - F - G - H - K - L
  • Dance
  • Devlin
  • Dewart
  • Dilke
  • Dobie
  • Emo
  • Farrington
  • Fleming
  • Fort Frances
  • Freeborn
  • Griesinger
  • Halkirk
  • Hutchinson
  • Kingsford
  • La Vallee
  • Lash

M - N - P
  • Mather
  • Mathieu
  • McCaul
  • McCrosson
  • McCrosson & Tovell
  • McIrvine
  • McLarty
  • Menary
  • Miscampbell
  • Morley
  • Morson
  • Nelles
  • Pattullo
  • Potts
  • Pratt

R - S - T - W
  • Rainy River
  • Ramsay Wright
  • Richardson
  • Roddick
  • Roseberry
  • Rowe
  • Schwenger
  • Senn
  • Shenston
  • Sifton
  • Spohn
  • Sutherland
  • Tait
  • Tanner
  • Tovell
  • Trottier
  • Watten
  • Weaver
  • Wild Land Reserve
  • Woodyatt
  • Worthington



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