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Ancestry.com. Ontario, Canada, Deaths, 1869-1938 and Deaths Overseas, 1939-1947 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010.
Original data:
  • Archives of Ontario. Registrations of Deaths, 1869-1938. MS 935, reels 1-615. Archives of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Archives of Ontario. Registrations of Ontario Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947. MS 944, reels 1-11. Archives of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Archives of Ontario. Division Registrar Vital Statistics Records, 1858-1930. MS 940, reels 5-10, 16, 21, 26-27. Archives of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

About Ontario, Canada, Deaths, 1869-1938 and Deaths Overseas, 1939-1947

This database is an index to over 2 million deaths that were registered in Ontario between 1869 and 1938. The database also includes deaths of Ontario military personnel overseas from 1939-1947.

Information contained in this index includes:

  • Name of deceased
  • Death date
  • Gender
  • Estimated birth year (calculated from age in years at time of death)
  • Birthplace
  • Ontario county of death

Please note that not all of the above listed information may be available for all individuals. Information available in the index is dependent on the amount of information recorded in the original record.

Each name is linked to an image of the actual death register or certificate in which the individual was recorded. Additional information may be found on the image that is not included in the keyed index.

Civil registration began in Ontario on 1 July 1869. The Office of the Registrar General maintains the records and issues certificates for all vital events. Each year an additional year of vital records are transferred from the Registrar General to the Archives of Ontario where the records are then closed for a year while being microfilmed. The Archives of Ontario currently has death registrations on microfilm for the years 1869-1938. This database includes the registrations up to 1938.

In addition to the Archives of Ontario, these records are also available on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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