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Projects

The Ontario Genealogical Society takes on projects — large-scale efforts that will be of value to genealogists and family researchers.  Some are realized by the coordinated efforts of OGS Branches; some are done by a group of volunteers. All provide information needed by genealogists that is unlikely to be found elsewhere. OGS and its dedicated volunteers are one of the major suppliers of Ontario genealogical information. 

It is volunteers that make this work happen, and we are always seeking more volunteers.  Many of these projects can be done at a distance.  If one of the current projects interests you, please contact the Provincial Office to find out how you might be able to help.

Ongoing Projects
Cemetery Projects
Places of Worship Records Inventory Index
Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) Insurance Records
Strays Project
Ontario Genealogical Society Provincial Index (OGSPI)

Recently Completed Projects
Wesleyan Methodist Baptismal Registers
Index to Upper Canada Land Books

Cemeteries Projects

Monument Transcriptions
The locating and transcribing of all known cemeteries in Ontario. More than 6,000 cemeteries have been located and over 5,700 have been transcribed. Published transcriptions are available through local Branches.
Ontario Cemetery Locator
A directory to cemeteries in Ontario; may be used to locate cemetery transcriptions in pamphlet, book or microform format. Search the Index.
Ontario Cemetery Ancestor Index
Names taken from transcriptions of the monumental inscriptions, cemetery records. Search the Index.

Places of Worship Records Inventory Project

The locating and listing of all places of worship in Ontario in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries in Ontario and the current location of existing records of baptisms, marriages, burials and other related data. contact the Branch located in the area of Ontario that you are researching for information on current publications.

Strays Project

A Stray is a recorded event in which a person has had a significant life event in a place other than their place of origin, provided that either the event or the origin is in Ontario. For example, a person who is born in Edmonton and married in Ottawa is a Stray, as is someone married in Windsor and died in Detroit. Strays are found in such records as marriage registers, civil registration records, newspapers, census returns, grave markers, land records, biographies, burial registers, and local history books.

If you find a stray during your research, contact the Strays Coordinator at the Provincial Office, strays@ogs.on.ca, who will send you an Excel spreadsheet in which to enter your findings.

Ontario Genealogical Society Provincial Index (OGSPI)

An ongoing project that seeks to list all sorts of information about everybody. There is data from censuses, birth, marriage and death registers, references in books, land records, ship lists, military records and a host of other references. Each entry points to the original source, which you can then look up for the complete reference. It takes a bit of time to learn to use well but it is worth the effort. Curently there are over 2.8 million names - and it keeps on growing. Search the index.

Wesleyan Methodist Baptismal Registers

Beginning in 1843, Wesleyan Methodist ministers kept a book of entries of births and baptisms and submitted each year's book to the Conference Office. Entries were then copied into the General Register, arranged by township, town, village and circuit. Records of the Wesleyan Methodist Church and its subsequent evolutions go from 1826 to 1910.

The project was initiated by Dorothy Martin and Sandra Moore in and became a project of the Society in November 2000. Transcriptions of the microfilmed baptismal records are being compiled and submitted to the United Church of Canada Archives who hold copyright on these records. The United Church has allowed the Ontario Genealogical Society to transcribe and sell these records through its thirty Branches located throughout Ontario.

Published Wesleyan Methodist Baptismal Register Indexes

To obtain copies of these baptismal record indexes, contact the Branch in the area in which you are doing your family research.

Upper Canada Land Books

The Upper Canada Land Record Books record the minutes of the meetings of the Executive Council of the Land Board which were held between the years 1791 and 1847. During this period, the Executive Council had the authority over land granting or selling of crown lands in Upper Canada. Petitioners would have been settlers, military claimants, and Loyalists.

There are 24 Land Books with approximately 72,000 names of Ontario pioneers. The index includes every name located in the records as well as residence, petition number, the location of the land, the Land Book and page number. The Upper Canada Land Books Indexes are available as a CD; the names are included in the Names Index in OGS Publications.

Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF)

The Independent Order of Oddfellows operated a life insurance program through the Empire Insurance Company.  From 1875 to 1929 approximately 59,000  people took out IOOF insurance.  A database of these names is approximately 80% complete.

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