I quick guide to the documents that are available to the public in your area.
Major Archives of Ontario Collections on Microfilm include:
•Births: 1869 to 1912
•Deaths: 1869 to 1937 (Older than 70 years : 1938 and up will be released soon.)
•Marriages: ca. 1780 to 1927 (pre-1869 records are very incomplete)
•Wills and Estate Files: c. 1790 to 1930 (dates will vary depending on the county).
•Newspapers: The Archives has microfilmed most of its newspaper holdings, including a large selection of older Ontario newspapers.
•Eaton's Mail-order Catalogues: 1884-1976
The Archives also provides access to some Library and Archives Canada microfilm including:
•Ontario Census Returns: 1842, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901
•Upper Canada Land Petitions: 1792-1867
•Ships Passenger Lists: 1865-1919