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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.

The Archives is not available for genealogical research.

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. 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 this 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; we no longer permit 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