Birth, Marriage and Death Records

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.


Historical Parish Registers

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.



Access to the records

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:


Microfilm copies

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.


Digitized Records

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. 


City of Toronto parishes established prior to 1910

Est. Date

Parish Name

Location

1822

St. Paul's

83 Power Street (Parliament & Richmond)

1848

St. Michael's

200 Chur​ch Street (Dundas & Jarvis)

1852

St. Mary's​

589 Adelaide St. W. (Bathurst & King)

1854

St. Joseph's

200 Morrish Road (Highland Creek)
​See St. John the Evangelist, Whitby records​​​

1856

St. Basil's

50 St. Joseph Street (Bay & Wellesley)

1861

St. Patrick's​​​

141 McCaul Street (Dundas & University)

1875

St. Helen's

1680 Dundas Street (at Lansdowne)

1878

St. Joseph's

172 Leslie Street (at Queen)

1886

Our Lady of Lourdes

11 Earl Street (Jarvis & Wellesley)

1887

Sacre-Coeur / Sacred Heart

381 Sherbourne St. (at Carlton)

1892

Holy Rosary

354 St. Clair Ave. West (at Bathurst)

1895

St. Cecilia's

161 Annette Street (Dundas & Keele)

1895

St. John's

794 Kingston Road (at Main)

1896

St. Peter's

659 Markham Street (Bloor & Bathurst)

1900

Holy Family

1372  King Street West (at Jameson)

1903​

St. Francis of Assisi

72 Mansfield Avenue (Grace & College)

1908

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

202 St. Patrick Street (Dundas & University)

1908

St. Ann's

120 First Avenue (Gerrard & Broadview)

1908

St. Leo's

277 Royal York Road (at Mimico)

1908

St. Monica's

44 Broadway Avenue (Yonge & Eglinton)

1909

St. Anthony's

1041 Bloor Street West (at Dufferin)


Parishes outside Toronto established prior to 1910

Est. Date

Parish Name

Location

1830-33 1847-49

Mission records of Fr. Gordon from St. Paul's, Toronto

Townships above Toronto

1836-50

Mission records of priests from St. Paul's, Toronto

Brock, Hogg's Hollow, Markham, Thornhill, Whitby

​​1830

​St. Patrick's​

​Brampton (Wildfield)

1833

St. James'

Colgan

1835

St. Ann's ​/ Ste. Anne

Penetanguishene

1841

St. John Chrysostom

Newmarket

1843

St. Gregory the Great

Oshawa

1854

St. Joseph's

Beaverton

1855

Guardian Angels  

Orillia

1855

St. Mary's

Collingwood

1855

St. Columbkille's

Uptergrove

1856

St. Mary's (previously Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary)

Barrie

1856

St. Patrick's

Mississauga (Dixie)

1856

Ste. Croix

Lafontaine

1857 

St. Mary Immaculate

Richmond Hill

​1860

​St. Francis de Sales (previously St. Wilfrid's)​

​Pickering (Ajax)
​See St. John the Evangelist, Whitby​ records

1865

St. Patrick's

Phelpston

1867

St. John the Evangelist

Albion (Caledon East)

1871

St. Patrick's

Stayner

1875

Sacred Heart

Uxbridge

1876

St. Paul the Apostle  

Alliston

1876​

St. Patrick's

Schomberg

1876

St. Timothy (previously St. Peter's)

Orangeville

1883​

St. Margaret's

Midland

1883

St. John the Evangelist

Whitby

1884

St. Andrew's

Brechin

1906

St. John the Evangelist

Waubaushene

1908​

St. Patrick's​

Perkinsfield