Ontario

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This is a page of resources for the province of Ontario, Canada.

Ontario (Canada West) joined Confederation on July 1, 1867, one of the original 4 provinces.

Prior to that, the Act of Union created the Province of Canada in 1841, which consisted of Canada West (Ontario) and Canada East (Quebec).

1842 Canada West Census, Library and Archives Canada

After the 1941 Act of Union creating the Province of Canada, a decision was made to enumerate the population to determine parliamentary representation. This may help explain the emphasis on specifically enumerating the numbers of immigrants from England, Ireland, Scotland, France, and the USA.

1851 Canada West Census, Library and Archives Canada

The second census of the Province of Canada.

Library and Archives Canada has a single searchable database for Canada East (Quebec), Canada West (Ontario), New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia.

1861 Canada West Census, Library and Archives Canada

The third census of the Province of Canada.

Like the 1851 Census above, Library and Archives Canada has a single searchable database for Canada East (Quebec), Canada West (Ontario), New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. The census of Canada West was begun on January 14, 1861.

Divorces in Ontario and Quebec 1841-1967

The Canada Gazette also published notices of divorce, which got me really excited for a while, but I was only able to find Notices of Divorce where at least one party was from Quebec or Ontario. Unfortunately, work on digitizing the Gazette has stopped, and this site is archived, so it’s unlikely there will be more coming in future.

Ontario GenWeb

A rich, deep site, staffed by volunteers and like one-stop shopping for Ontario genealogy hunters.

OurOntario Search

It’s like going to garage sales, genealogy-style. Enter a family name and see what comes up! I tried a couple of my Ontario old family names and got 1000 hits, the first 20 of which were newspaper announcements. I can see a few Sunday afternoons being spent on this site.

OurOntario Newspapers

Until I find a collection as rich in free ditigal newspapers for western Canada, I’m going to live in a state of total envy for Ontario family lines. This link will take you to over 200 newspapers, all searchable at once. I did a quick search for my husband’s family lines and was immedidately overwhelmed with results. Definitely coming back on a lazy Sunday when I’ve got more time..!

Service Ontario – Death certificates

The government of Ontario will fill death certificate requests for genealogy searches. There is a fee.

Toronto City Directories, from Where the story takes me

I love it when bloggers get creative with genealogical resources and organize information that’s helpful for everyone. Jane MacNamara has done exactly that with her table of links to the Toronto City Directories, organized by year. You’ll have to do another search once you’re within the archives of Ontario, but I can see the huge benefit of having a single table.

Bonus: if you read the comments below the table, you’ll glean a wealth of details about the directories as well.