Tuesday, October 7, 2014

445 Born in Greece - Ontario Canada Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947 - FREE Access




The FamilySearch.org website offers FREE access to their database - ONTARIO DEATHS, 1869-1937 AND OVERSEAS DEATHS, 1939-1947.  There are 445 people in the database who have listed Greece as their place of birth.  


DESCRIPTION OF DATABASE by FamilySearch.org


This collection includes an index of death records from July 1869 through 1937 and overseas deaths of Ontario military personnel, 1939-1947.
Registrations were kept on printed forms and then bound into volumes. The entries are arranged chronologically by date of registration.
A provincial act to register births, marriages, and deaths went into effect on July 1, 1869. This act created the Office of the Registrar General, and in each county or incorporated city or town, a clerk of the peace acted as the district registrar. Each municipality (city, village, town, township, or district) had a division registrar who sent all their books to a district registrar. This district registrar then transmitted the records to the registrar general at the provincial level. In 1875, the office of district registrar was eliminated, and the division registrars began sending their registrations directly to the registrar general. 
In 1896, the process was altered. Division registrars received a copy of the registration forms from the person who reported the event. These forms were then indexed and entered into new registers. The division registrar made a copy of the form and every six months sent them to the Office of the Registrar General. After 1908, the division registrar made two copies of the original forms, who then kept one locally and sent the other quarterly to the registrar general. Later, the registrar general began indexing the registers. 

Deaths were recorded in Ontario to better serve public health needs. They were also used in connection with the probate of wills and the administration of estates.
The information pertaining to death is usually reliable. This includes the cause of death, the name of the attending physician or medical professional, the name and address of the funeral home, and the exact date and place of burial. The accuracy of other information depends on the reliability of the informant (often a family member).

Record Content

Before 1908, the death records may contain the following information:
  • Name of the deceased
  • Death and registration date
  • Birthplace of the deceased.
  • Name of the informant
  • Registrations for 1907–1908 may include either the spouse's name (if married) or the father's name (if single)
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Relationship to the informant (often a relative)
  • Former residence of the deceased, 1896–1906
  • Residence of the informant, 1869–1896
After 1908, the death records added the following information:
  • Full name of the father and maiden name of the mother
  • Place of death. The place of death was implied by the divisions and county where the event was registered
  • Birthplace of the parents