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== Collection Time Period<br> ==
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== Record Description ==
  
This collection includes death records from July 1869 through 1937 and overseas deaths of Ontario military personnel, 1939-1947.  
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This collection includes an index of death records from July 1869 through 1937 and overseas deaths of Ontario military personnel, 1939-1947.  
  
== Record Description<br>  ==
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Registrations were kept on printed forms and then bound into volumes. The entries are arranged chronologically by date of registration.
  
Registrations were kept on printed forms and then bound into volumes. The entries are arranged chronologically by date of registration.<br>
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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.&nbsp;
  
=== Record Content<br>  ===
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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.&nbsp;
  
*Important genealogical information in Ontario civil deaths:
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<br> Deaths were recorded in Ontario to better serve public health needs. They were also used in connection with the probate of wills and the administration of estates.  
*Death date and registration date.
 
*Beginning in 1908, the place of death; before 1908, the place of death was implied by the divisions and county where the event was registered.
 
*Birthplace of the deceased; beginning in 1908, the birthplace of the parents.
 
*Name of the deceased.  
 
*Before 1908, name of the informant.
 
*Beginning in 1908, the full name of the father and maiden name of the mother.
 
*Registrations for 1907–1908 may include either the spouse's name (if married) or the father's name (if single).
 
*Age.
 
*Sex.
 
*Prior to 1908, a relationship to the informant (often a relative).
 
*Former residence of the deceased, 1896–1906.
 
*Residence of the informant, 1869–1896.
 
  
== How to Use the Records ==
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The information pertaining to death is usually reliable. This includes the cause of death, the name of the attending physician or medical professional, the name and address of the funeral home, and the exact date and place of burial. The accuracy of other information depends on the reliability of the informant (often a family member).
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=== Citation for This Collection ===
  
Death registrations are the best source of death information for an individual. These records may list a person's age, occupation, religious affiliation, and birthplace. You can use this information to then search for additional records. In addition, death records may provide clues for searching for other individuals, ones related to your ancestor. Usually the person who provided the death information was a child or other relative of the deceased. Death registrations after 1907 list the names and birthplaces of parents. Use this information to begin compiling a family group and to extend your lineage.  
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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.  
  
== Record History<br> ==
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{{Collection citation | text= "Ontario Deaths,1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947." Index. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Registrar General. Archives of Ontario, Toronto.}}
  
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.<br>
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<br> The sources of this collection are located in the Archives in Ontario and the following citations follow their preferred citation style:
  
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.  
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*Archives of Ontario. RG 80-8. Registrations of deaths, 1869-1937.  
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*Archives of Ontario. RG 80-10. Indexes to deaths.
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*Archives of Ontario. RG 80-21. Registrations of Ontario overseas deaths, 1939-1947.
  
=== Why This Collection Was Created? ===
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== Record Content ==
  
Deaths were recorded in Ontario to better serve public health needs. They were also used in connection with the probate of wills and the administration of estates.<br>
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Before 1908, the death records may contain the following information:
  
=== Record Reliability  ===
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*Name of the deceased
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*Death and registration date
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*Birthplace of the deceased.
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*Name of the informant
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*Registrations for 1907–1908 may include either the spouse's name (if married) or the father's name (if single)
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*Age
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*Gender
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*Relationship to the informant (often a relative)
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*Former residence of the deceased, 1896–1906
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*Residence of the informant, 1869–1896
  
The information pertaining to death is usually reliable. This includes the cause of death, the name of the attending physician or medical professional, the name and address of the funeral home, and the exact date and place of burial. The accuracy of other information depends on the reliability of the informant (often a family member).<br>
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After 1908, the death records added the following information:
  
== Related Web Sites  ==
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*Full name of the father and maiden name of the mother
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*Place of death. The place of death was implied by the divisions and county where the event was registered
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*Birthplace of the parents
  
[http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~maryc/deaths.htm Deaths Registrations for Ontario]
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== How to Use the Records  ==
  
This section of the article is incomplete. You can help FamilySearch Wiki by supplying links to related websites here.
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To begin your search in the death records, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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*Name of deceased
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*Approximate year of death and place of death
  
[[Ontario Civil Registration- Vital Records|Ontario Civil Registration-Vital Records]]
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==== Search the Collection  ====
  
=== Contributions to This Article  ===
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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 look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.
  
{{Contributor invite}}
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==== Using the Information  ====
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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*Use the age to calculate the approximate birth year
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*Search for the names of the parents in the Ontario Marriage collections.
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: [[How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]]
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==== General Information About These Records  ====
  
Please add sample citations to this article following the format guidelines in the wiki article listed above.  
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Death registrations are the best source of death information for an individual. These records may list a person's age, occupation, religious affiliation, and birthplace. You can use this information to then search for additional records. In addition, death records may provide clues for searching for other individuals related to your ancestor. Usually the person who provided the death information was a child or other relative of the deceased. Death registrations after 1907 list the names and birthplaces of parents.  
  
==== Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection ====
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== Related Websites ==
  
"Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947." index and images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 1 April 2011). entry for Richard Charles Brown, died 28 August 1915;&nbsp; citing Death Records,&nbsp; FHL microfilm 1,862,174;&nbsp; Archives of Ontario, Toronto, Canada.
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[http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~maryc/deaths.htm Deaths Registrations for Ontario]
  
== Sources of Information for This Collection: ==
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== Related Wiki Articles ==
  
<!--bibdescbegin-->"Deaths - registration, 1869-1937 and index, 1869-1937," index, FamilySearch; from British Columbia. Ontario Registrar General. "Deaths - registration, 1869-1937 and index, 1869-1937,"Archives of Ontario, Toronto. FHL microfilm, 627 reels. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. <br>
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*[[Ontario|Ontario]]
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*[[Ontario Civil Registration- Vital Records|Ontario Civil Registration-Vital Records]]
  
The sources of this collection are located in the Archives in Ontario and the following citations follow their preferred citation style:
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== Contributions to This Article  ==
  
Archives of Ontario. RG 80-8. Registrations of deaths, 1869-1937.
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{{Contributor_invite}}
  
Archives of Ontario. RG 80-10. Indexes to deaths.
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
  
Archives of Ontario. RG 80-21. Registrations of Ontario overseas deaths, 1939-1947. <!--bibdescend-->
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
  
<br>The format for citing FamilySearch Historical Collections, including how to cite individual archives is found in the following link: [[How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections|How to Create Source Citations for FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]]  
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
  
 
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Record Description

This collection includes an index of death records from July 1869 through 1937 and overseas deaths of Ontario military personnel, 1939-1947.

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

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. 


Deaths were recorded in Ontario to better serve public health needs. They were also used in connection with the probate of wills and the administration of estates.

The information pertaining to death is usually reliable. This includes the cause of death, the name of the attending physician or medical professional, the name and address of the funeral home, and the exact date and place of burial. The accuracy of other information depends on the reliability of the informant (often a family member).

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.

"Ontario Deaths,1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947." Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Registrar General. Archives of Ontario, Toronto.


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

  • Archives of Ontario. RG 80-8. Registrations of deaths, 1869-1937.
  • Archives of Ontario. RG 80-10. Indexes to deaths.
  • Archives of Ontario. RG 80-21. Registrations of Ontario overseas deaths, 1939-1947.

Record Content

Before 1908, the death records may contain the following information:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Death and registration date
  • Birthplace of the deceased.
  • Name of the informant
  • Registrations for 1907–1908 may include either the spouse's name (if married) or the father's name (if single)
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Relationship to the informant (often a relative)
  • Former residence of the deceased, 1896–1906
  • Residence of the informant, 1869–1896

After 1908, the death records added the following information:

  • Full name of the father and maiden name of the mother
  • Place of death. The place of death was implied by the divisions and county where the event was registered
  • Birthplace of the parents

How to Use the Records

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

  • Name of deceased
  • Approximate year of death and place of death

Search the Collection

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 look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

Using the Information

  • Use the age to calculate the approximate birth year
  • Search for the names of the parents in the Ontario Marriage collections.

General Information About These Records

Death registrations are the best source of death information for an individual. These records may list a person's age, occupation, religious affiliation, and birthplace. You can use this information to then search for additional records. In addition, death records may provide clues for searching for other individuals related to your ancestor. Usually the person who provided the death information was a child or other relative of the deceased. Death registrations after 1907 list the names and birthplaces of parents.

Related Websites

Deaths Registrations for Ontario

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

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Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.


Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did 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 is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.