Ontario Death Records

Births, Marriages & Deaths were recorded initially by the church through their logs of baptisms, marriage ceremonies and burials. Few of these records survive and those that do can be a challenge to locate as there isn't a central respository for church records.

The Vital Statistics Act was passed in 1869 requiring that all births, marriages and deaths in Ontario be registered with the province. However, the Act wasn't enforced until the 1880's. These records are held by the provincial government and kept private for a specified period of time before being released to the public.
See also: Mass Casualties

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Record Years Available Who Can Obtain the Record Where Available
BurialsSee Church Records
Death Registrations1869-- AnyoneArchives of Ontario
Family Search (1869-1937)
$ Ancestry (1869-1947)
Death Certificates-- Anyone$ Registrar General

Registrations vs. Certificates: Registrations are recorded at, or near, the time of death by an informant who was present at the death. At the end of each year registrations were copied into a book and sent to the government. This book is what was microfilmed (later digitized). Certificates are certified copies of a registration and are issued by the government but only for the years indicated above. Certificates may or may not include all the information available on the registration and come in two forms - short and long (also known as the genealogical certificate).  The short certificate contains information specific to the death (name, date, place), while the long certificate may include names of parents, spouse, place of birth, etc.

Information in a death registration Years this information is included
Name of Deceased1869+
Death Date1869+
Death Place1869+
Burial Date1920+
Burial Place1915+
Cause of Death1869+
Residence (Address)1897+
Residence (Length living at)1920+
Name of Physician1869+
Medical certificate of death1909+
Marital Status1897+
Informant's Name & Residence1869+
Informant's Relation to Deceased1920+
Birth Date1909+
Birth Place1869+
Father's Birthplace1909+
Father's Name1909+
Mother's Birthplace1909+
Mother's Maiden Name1909+