Ontario Births (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Access the records: Canada, Ontario Births .

Collection Time Period

This collection includes birth records from 1869 through 1912

Record Content

Important biographical information found in these birth records:
• When the child was born
• Child’s name
• Sex (M. for male or F. for female)
• Name and surname of the father
• Name and maiden surname of the mother
• Signature description and residence of the informant
• Where the birth was registered
• Name of accoucheur (doctor or midwife attending the birth)
• County were the record was created

How to Use the Record

Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Use the locator information in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the birth records. Compare the information in the birth record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination. Be aware that as with any index, transcription errors may occur. When you have located your ancestor’s birth record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.

For example:

• Use the birth date along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.

• Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.

• The father’s occupation can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.

• The parents’ birthplaces can indicate former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.

If you want to find more information about the family, it is often helpful to extract the information from the records of all the children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile birth entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the birth records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born in the same county or nearby.

Keep in mind:

• The information in birth records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.

• Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.

• There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.

Record History

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.
In 1896, the process was altered. Division registrars received a copy of the registration forms from the person who reported the event. These forms were then indexed and entered into new registers. The division registrar made a copy of the form and every six months sent them to the Office of the Registrar General. After 1908, the division registrar made two copies of the original forms, who then kept one locally and sent the other quarterly to the registrar general. Later, the registrar general began indexing the registers.

Why this Record Was Created

Births were recorded in Ontario to better serve public health needs and to provide demographic and personal identification

Record Reliability

Civil registrations of births were official records and are some of the most reliable sources of information available for those who were born in Ontario

Record Description

Registrations were kept on printed forms and then bound into volumes. The entries are arranged chronologically by date of registration.

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from the record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find th record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you do not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched in found in the Wiki Article: How to Create Source Citations for FamilySearch Historical Records Collections

Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection

"Ontario Births, 1869-1912." index and images, FamilySearch (https://www.familsysearch.org: accessed

1 April 2011. entry for Harry Graham Kritzer, born 6 March 1912; citing Birth Records, FHL microfilm 2,435,796; Archives of Ontario, Toronto, Canada.

Sources of this Collection

The sources of this collection are located in the Archives of Ontario and the following citations follow their preferred citation style

Why Should You Cite Your Sources?

It is recommended that you cite the sources of information as you search genealogical records. Citing sources will allow you to avoid duplicate searches later and share your sources with other researchers. A citation with specific details about the source document should allow yourself or others to easily find the source document at a later time. You should cite all sources searched, whether new information is found, to avoid duplicating searches without findings.

Suggested Format

A suggested format for citations created to document information found in FamilySearch Record Search is: Collection title, digital images, from FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: date accessed or downloaded), items of interest.

Items of Interest Include:

  • Name of the person mentioned in the document
  • File, folder or jacket number
  •  Locality
  •  Record type
  •  Page number
  •  Line number
  •  Date of entry
  •  Digital identification number
  •  Film number