IOOF Insurance Papers Database

Update: During our website transition – All order filing is on hold as we are developing a new delivery system for these documents. Stay tuned with our E-Weekly for further details.

About this database

Between 1875 and 1929, the Independent Order of Oddfellows operated a life insurance program. Approximately 60,000 men from all across Canada applied. The program was eventually operated by Empire Life, who held all the application forms. A few years ago Empire Life gave these application forms to the OGS. OGS Volunteers spent nearly four years indexing these forms.

We have indexed the following:

  • applicant’s last and first names,
  • date of birth,
  • community in which the applicant resided at the time of application,
  • province,
  • policy number,
  • policy date

Once you have determined from the index that you have located a person whose application form you would like to see you may request to purchase a copy of the form from The Ontario Genealogical Society. Please see Ordering Information for the limits on which forms may be purchased.

About the Applications

The information on the applications varies depending on the individual applying and the year of the application. Furthermore many men took out a second policy at a later date, and that form may say simply “See policy # …” or it may contain more up-to-date information. If you find several policies for one person, we suggest you purchase at least the one with the earliest policy date.

Each policy consists of a four page 8.5 x 11” document. Information you may expect to find on the application includes the following:

  • Health information
  • Marital status
  • Occupation
  • Beneficiary (generally wife, parent, sibling)
  • Number of siblings and their health information
  • Grandparents (often including age at death but not names)
  • Applicant’s signature
  • Some applications have extra materials as well.

Ordering Information

Based on the Privacy Policy adopted by OGS February 2012, orders can be filled for application forms that meet any of the following criteria:

  • The application form is dated more than 100 years ago
  • The subject of the application form has been dead for more than 30 years prior to the date of request to purchase
  • In the case of no proof of death, the date of birth of the subject of the application form must be 96 years or more prior to the date of request to purchase

For more information on these restrictions, please consult the OGS Privacy Policy.

To search for a particular name, simply enter the first few letters of the name in the search box above the right hand column to automatically reduce the list to only those entries matching your search term.