Monday, 24 October 2011

Preparing for a Trip to the Ontario Archives

We have organized a bus trip to the Ontario Archives on November 18th. Before we go, there are some things you need to do to get ready.

First: You need to register. Click here to get to the online application. Hit "submit" when you have answered all of the questions. Your card will be given to you when we arrive at the Archives. You must show government issued ID to pick up your card (driver's licence or passport. Not a health card)

Second: Organize your research and see what documents you want to look at while you are at the Archives. Make a list. Here are some of the records that may be of interest: 
  • Brant County Land Deeds - 1834 - 1876 are on films GS1801 - GS1816 depending on the year.
  • Alphabetical Index to Wills 1830 - 1917 is available on film GS1819
  • Births from 1869-1914 are found on MS931 films 1-18
  • The Indexes to birth and still birth registers are on RG80-4
  • Indexes to birth, marriage and death registers are on RG80-11
  • Divorces granted between 1867-1930 are only available through Library and Archives Canada
  • Divorces granted between 1931 - 1979 are available through the Ontario Archives
  • Brant Sanitorium Patient Case Files 1913-1958 RG10-157
  • Homewood Sanitorium Death and Discharge Records 1909-1918 RG63-D-6
  • Criminal Justice reports:
    • Criminal Investigation Reports and Records 1901-0921 RG23-RG26
    • Major Criminal Investigation Reports (solved cases) 1922-1969 RG23-29
    • OPP members diaries/notebooks/journals 1925-1989 RG23-30
    • Special Investigations Branch Crime Reports 1936-1984 RG23-49
    • Criminal Investigation Reports and Files 1922-1970 RG23-50
    • Major Occurrence Reports 1969-1983 RG23-51
  • Brant County Coroner's Reports 1931 RG22-1195
  • Norfolk County Coroner's Reports 1912-1965 RG22-3695
  • Ontario County Coroner's Reports 1896-1935 RG22-3895
  • Office of the Fire Marshall investigation records 1929-1988 RG33-30
There are lots of other records available, but this will give you a good idea about how to prepare. Write a list of the people you want to find out more about. Write down the dates and the records you want to access. That will make your time at the Archives more productive. We will get a 20 minute orientation once we are there.

The Archives are wheelchair accessible and there is an elevator. You can  bring a lunch. There is a lounge area where you can enjoy a lunch or a snack if you bring one. Lockers will be provided for books, bags, backpacks, coats, lunches. These are NOT allowed in the reading rooms.
Wallets, research notes, laptops and digital cameras are allowed. Pencils are to be  used rather than pens to protect the records.

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