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Vital Statistics (Births, Marriages, Deaths and Divorce)

Ontario Registrations of Births, Marriages and Deaths

Records with Open Access

Birth (1858-1913), death (1869-1946) and marriage (1801-1936) records are available through the Ancestry Library website. They are also available on microfilm through the interlibrary loan service at the Ontario Archives.

Records with Restricted Access

Ontario Government
This ministry holds records of Ontario vital statistics for: births that occurred during the past 95 years; deaths that occurred during the past 70 years and marriages that occurred during the past 80 years. Application forms for these records can be submitted online. Another option is to print an application form and send it by mail.

Birth, Marriage and Death Registrations for Other Provinces

British Columbia Archives' Vital Events
The British Columbia Vital Event indexes contain index information to baptism (1836-1888), birth (1854-1903), marriage (1859-1942) and death (1872-1997) registrations for British Columbia, but not the actual registrations.

Manitoba Vital Statistics
This searchable database provides unrestricted access to births more than 100 years ago, marriages more than 80 years ago and deaths more than 70 years ago.

New Brunswick Provincial Archives
The Provincial Archives website provides access to a searchable index of New Brunswick births (1810-1923), marriages (1847-1967) and deaths (1815-1967).

Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics
The Nova Scotia Archives offers access to over 900,000 birth (1830-1917), death (1864-1967) and marriage (1763-1942) records.

Saskatchewan Vital Statistics
The legislation governing births registered with Saskatchewan Vital Statistics allows Vital Statistics to publish a genealogical index of those births that occurred more than 100 years ago, deaths more than 70 years ago and marriages more than 75 years.

Divorce in Canada, 1841-1968
From 1867 to 1930, only the Federal Government, through a private act of Parliament, could grant a divorce in Ontario. All divorces granted by the Federal Parliament are indexed. Since 1931, the Supreme Court of Ontario has had the power to grant a divorce. The Archives of Ontario holds the divorce files from 1931 to 1980. For more information about divorce records in Ontario, please consult the Archives of Ontario's research guide entitled, "Finding Divorce Files in Ontario."

Birth, Marriage and Death Registrations for United States

United States Vital Records Information
Visit this site for information regarding the types of records available and the guidelines for obtaining them. Includes birth certificates, death records, marriage licenses, and divorce decrees. Also provides the address of state and county vital records offices, online applications, and links to overseas information