TONI Explained


TONI (The Ontario Name Index) shows where information about a particular name can be found. TONI is an index, it does NOT contain the information, just tells you where to find the information.

TONI contains references to the source resources. Some of these resources are reference documents held by Ontario Ancestors itself, its branches or other institution’s reference link. Ontario Ancestors is grateful to the Canadian County Atlas Digital Project, Rare Books and Special Collections, McGill University for allowing us to share their index of the Digital Atlas Project with us. 

Some books and similar items are available to purchase from the Ontario Ancestors Marketplace or other sites. Some are small snippets of information available from the Ontario Ancestors as Pay per View items (PPV) and can only be ordered via the TONI system.

Using TONI is free and open to all. Some of the sources that TONI refers to are also free and open to all. But some of the items may have to be purchased from our Marketplace or other organization. These items are clearly identified before any costs will be incurred.

Pay per View

PPV allows you, at low cost, to view only the pertinent information about a TONI-indexed name. Some PPV items are one or more pages from a larger book, a scan of a newspaper or similar item, or the digitized transcript of a tombstone inscription.

How to use TONI

The easiest way to get started with TONI is from the Ontario Ancestors home page. Just fill in a name you are interested in and press search. For this example, I used the last name of Arrowsmith and the  first name William Thomas. This gives a good example of all types of results.

Here is the result:

You can view background information about the source reference by clicking on Information; then:

  • If the item is available in the Marketplace, you can select the full publication with Find in the Marketplace, and/or
  • If the item is available as a PPV item, you can add it to your shopping cart with Add to Cart.

If you have added items to your shopping cart, either by selecting PPV items or selecting other items from the Marketplace you need to complete your order to receive the items. If you have added items to your cart, the number of items and their net value will show in a box in the top right of your web page.


Click on it at anytime to review your selections and to complete your order.

The Order Process

  1. When you add a PPV item to your cart, the item includes a Reference notation. This is the name of the specific item you will be receiving. An example of a reference is PPV:ARN1a-Vh58.pdf:

    This is important as a single item may contain many names indexed into TONI so you should buy the item only once. The order processing system will prevent you from ordering the same item twice in the SAME order but does not warn you that you ordered the same thing in a previous order.
  2. You will also notice that there is a Help link on every item. This will bring you to this page if you need to refresh your knowledge. This help link is included in all emails.
  3. Our Marketplace has a minimum value of  $5.00** for any order to allow us to cover the costs of our payment processing fees. If you have ordered only a few low-cost items, you may not have a $5.00 total. You can purchase a voucher you can use to meet the minimum amount. You need only to order a voucher with the amount you need to reach the minimum. This voucher is remembered by our system and can be applied to any future order for anything in our Marketplace.
    ** If a previously bought coupon reduces your order value to zero then it will be processed immediately.
  4. When you are satisfied your order is complete, click on the Proceed to Checkout
  5. Once you have completed your payment system, either by providing credit card  information or agreeing to send a cheque, your order will be processed.
  6. When payment has been completed you will get an e-mail confirming that your order is complete.  
  7. At the same time as we sends you this confirmation, our system will send another email with all your PPV items attached.
  8. If you ordered other items their fulfillment will be outlined in the order confirmation email.
  9. We recommend that you DO NOT include in your PPV order any items that need to be shipped, such as books and CDs. This will delay completion of your order.


If you have a problem with accessing TONI or a  problem with purchasing PPV items please send an email to


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