Friday, December 16, 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Are there online, directories for trades & professions for the period 1920-1944 for Ontario?

Directories known to be online are linked from our links page (if readers know of any others please leave a comment).

Some directories are available to search in person at Library & Archives Canada but for most you will have to visit a library in the area of research or have someone visit on your behalf.

The Toronto Public Library's Ask A Librarian service will search three years of Toronto directories per request.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Do you have information available on your website for the Agricultural Component of the 1851,1861 and 1871 censuses?

Several agricultural census transcripts are available at our Census Project.

The 1851 agricultural census is also available at Library & Archives Canada.  Choose Schedule B.

Monday, December 12, 2011

I would like to find a sibling placed for adoption. How would I go about locating this individual?

The first step for anyone seeking a sibling or child placed for adoption in Ontario is the website Access to Adoption Records Act maintained by the government. From there you can apply to the Adoption Disclosure Registry. This registry exists to bring together adoptees and birth relations and is free to use.

While awaiting a match, if the adoptee was placed through the Children's Aid Society you can apply for non-identifying information. There are also numerous internet sites set up for this type of search where you can post your information and hope the adoptee sees it and gets in touch. Be sure to also seek out local adoption groups (such as Parent Finders) for advice and support.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Looking for a cemetery with pictures, where can I look?

There are several websites that offer cemetery photos but as this is a GenWeb site we suggest starting with CanadaGenWeb's Cemetery Project.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

How would I learn more about a sailing vessel and its dates of departure & arrival?

There are several types of records relating to ships including lists of voyages, crew, passengers and cargo.The Maritime History Archive has a great website that provides information on where to locate information on vessels that sailed in Canadian waters.

However, if seeking information on passengers note that these records do not exist prior to 1865.  Passenger lists from 1865-1922 can be found at Library & Archives Canada.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Thursday, June 30, 2011

How do I go about finding a death & burial that occurred about 1848?

Our Research By Year pages detail what records are available during specific time periods. For 1848 see the 1840-1849 page. As a death during this time period pre-dates Vital Registration you will have to seek out church and cemetery records.

Also see our links page for a link to the genealogy group that covers the area where the death took place. Many genealogy groups have published transcripts of local cemeteries plus have a wealth of local knowledge.

As well be sure to check out the Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid and CanadaGenWeb's Cemetery Project.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

In the 1861 Ontario census people are listed as "inmates". Any idea what "inmate" means?

One of the column headings of the 1861 census is "Names of Inmates" and refers to all persons enumerated. In this case inmate would mean those living within each dwelling enumerated.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Is there any records on the 1884 train wreck?

There are likely dozens of different types of records available that relate to this incident such as Death Records, Court Records, Funeral Records, Cemetery Records and Newspapers. Don't overlook local records!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

I am having difficulty in finding out where and when someone died. It may have been in his hometown area or in England. It's from 1897, where can I find the info I need?

Ontario Death Registrations are available for this period.  They are indexed by name and can be accessed at the Archives of Ontario, any Canadian Library with microfilm facilities, Family History Centres worldwide and through a subscription to

Wednesday, April 20, 2011