Vital Statistics Records (Registrations of Births, Marriages and Deaths) come under the jurisdiction of the Province of Ontario. Often these government records (or 'civil records') contain more genealogical information than church records.
Vital Statistic Records are transferred from the Office of the Registrar General of Ontario to the Archives of Ontario after a certain date. A new year is released to the general public on an annual basis.
Visit the Archives of Ontario website to find out more about accessing Vital Statistics Records.
Parishes maintain records of administered sacraments. Historically, Baptisms and Marriages were recorded; however some registers also list First Communion, Confirmation and Deaths.
Burial registers for Catholic Toronto cemeteries are kept by Catholic Cemeteries. Historical burial records for rural parish cemeteries - if they exist - are usually kept by the parish that administers the cemetery. We do not have duplicate copies of rural cemetery registers.
Elmbank Cemetery (a.k.a. Toronto Township Cemetery #29, Gore Cemetery, 5th Line Cemetery) was formerly located within the confines of Pearson International Airport and relocated to Assumption Cemetery, Brampton in 2001. View photos and transcriptions of the headstones at www.archtoronto.org/elmbank
Ontario Ancestors (formerly Ontario Genealogical Society) has transcribed headstones from various Catholic cemeteries within the current boundaries of the Archdiocese of Toronto.
In the Archdiocese of Toronto, original parish registers are not available to the public. DO NOT contact parishes for access to these registers.
Researchers may access historic sacramental records through the options listed below:
In order to facilitate access and preservation, the Archives of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto (ARCAT) microfilms the registers from all parishes within the Archdiocese of Toronto.
ARCAT is not available for individual genealogical research. However, if time permits, staff may provide genealogical information as regulated by provincial privacy legislation.
In the 1980s, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also microfilmed our parish registers up to the year 1910. Most of the microfilm reels have been digitized and can be accessed online through FamilySearch.org.
This website is free but requires you to create an account to access any digitized records.
Please note that not all of each parish's records are currently digitized. If you notice gaps in the records available, consult the listing of the microfilm reel contents to determine if the records exist but were not digitized.
Please note that this is not an ongoing program; ARCAT no longer permits third-party duplication.
Log in to your FamilySearch account in a separate window, and then click on a Parish Name in our listing below to view the respective parish's records.
83 Power Street (Parliament & Richmond)
200 Church Street (Dundas & Jarvis)
589 Adelaide St. W. (Bathurst & King)
200 Morrish Road (Highland Creek)See
St. John the Evangelist, Whitby records
50 St. Joseph Street (Bay & Wellesley)
141 McCaul Street (Dundas & University)
1680 Dundas Street (at Lansdowne)
172 Leslie Street (at Queen)
Our Lady of Lourdes
11 Earl Street (Jarvis & Wellesley)
Sacre-Coeur / Sacred Heart
381 Sherbourne St. (at Carlton)
354 St. Clair Ave. West (at Bathurst)
161 Annette Street (Dundas & Keele)
794 Kingston Road (at Main)
659 Markham Street (Bloor & Bathurst)
1372 King Street West (at Jameson)
St. Francis of Assisi
72 Mansfield Avenue (Grace & College)
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
202 St. Patrick Street (Dundas & University)
120 First Avenue (Gerrard & Broadview)
277 Royal York Road (at Mimico)
44 Broadway Avenue (Yonge & Eglinton)
1041 Bloor Street West (at Dufferin)
Mission records of Fr. Gordon from St. Paul's, Toronto
Townships above Toronto
Mission records of priests from St. Paul's, Toronto
Brock, Hogg's Hollow, Markham, Thornhill, Whitby
St. Ann's / Ste. Anne
St. John Chrysostom
St. Gregory the Great
St. Mary's (previously Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary)
St. Mary Immaculate
St. Francis de Sales (previously St. Wilfrid's)
Pickering (Ajax)See St. John the Evangelist, Whitby records
St. John the Evangelist
Albion (Caledon East)
St. Paul the Apostle
St. Timothy (previously St. Peter's)