Ontario, Toronto Trust Cemeteries (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Access the records: Ontario, Toronto Trust Cemeteries, 1826-1935 .

Record Description

The registers are hand-written on a preprinted form. The names are arranged alphabetically by surname.

The first non-sectarian cemetery in the city of Toronto was created following the city council’s 1825 decision to purchase a plot of land for this purpose. This was ratified by Parliament in 1826 and the first public cemetery was named the York General Burying Grounds but became better known as “Potter’s Field.” This site would be sold off in 1855 and the remains moved to the newly purchased Toronto Necropolis. 

As the city increased in population the trustees of the Toronto General Burying Ground would purchase the Toronto Necropolis from its owners in 1850. With continued increase in population in 1876 the Mount Pleasant Cemetery was added. Finally, in 1890 the Prospect Cemetery was added to serve the city’s growing west end. 

For a list of cemeteries currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

This collection covers cemetery records from 1826 to 1935. 

This collection was created to provide a list of those buried in the Toronto Trust Cemeteries: Potter’s Field, Toronto Necropolis, Mount Pleasant Cemetery, and Prospect Cemetery.

This collection is a reliable record of individuals buried in the cemeteries, barring human error or deliberate falsification.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

Toronto Trust Cemeteries. Cemetery records. Superintendent of Administrative Services, Toronto Trust Cemeteries, Toronto, Ontario.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

This collection may include the following information:

  • Full name of the deceased
  • Date and place of birth
  • Date and place of death
  • Date and place of interment
  • Full name of nearest relative
  • Name of cemetery
  • Cause of death
  • Age at death
  • Marital status
  • Date and place of burial

How to Use the Collection

To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of ancestor
  • Approximate year of death

Search the Collection

To search this collection using the browse:

To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Cemetery Name" category
⇒Select the "Volume Number" category which will take you to the images

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

To search this collection using the index:

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

Using the Information

This collection can be used to find valid information about individuals buried in the Toronto Trust Cemeteries.

Often cemetery records contain the birth and death date of individuals, their marital status, where they were born and the cause of death. This information can also be used to locate the grave marker or plot of an individual within the cemetery.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Search the sexton’s records, which should list everyone who was buried in the cemetery.
  • Relatives may be buried in adjoining plots, so examine the original record rather than an alphabetical transcript.

General Information About These Records

These records are especially helpful for identifying ancestors not recorded in other records, such as children who died young or women.

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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Ontario, Toronto Trust Cemeteries, 1826-1935," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F3GG-7M9 : accessed 25 May 2012), James Harman, 1866; citing Toronto Necropolis Cemetery, Ontario, FHL microfilm 1,617,040, Salt Lake City, Utah, York General Burying Ground, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.