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A Chronology of Ontario for Family Historians - Updated
Article updated: 22 September 2010
By: Rick Roberts,   Biography & Archived Articles

1940.... The 1940 National Registration (including Ontario) resulted from the compulsory registration of all adults (16 and older) in Canada from 1940 to 1946. This information was originally obtained under the authority of the National Resources Mobilization Act and the War Measures Act to permit the mobilization of all the human and material resources of the nation for the purpose of the defence and security of Canada. The registration excluded members of the armed forces and religious orders, or those confined to an institution. If a person died between 1940 and 1946, their questionnaire was destroyed. More information

1912.... Ontario's boundaries were pushed north to Hudson Bay in 1912, completing the province's expansion to its current borders.

1899.... The creation of new counties and townships within them that began in 1849, was completed.

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Province of Ontario, 1899. Source: Archives of Ontario.

1889.... The federal government awarded the Kenora area to Ontario in 1889. At the same time, the Albany River became the province's northern boundary.

1885....Ontario was connected to provinces, from coast to coast with the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1885. Source - Book: Genealogy In Ontario - Searching The Records. Brenda Dougall Merriman

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Province of Ontario, 1882. Source: Archives of Ontario.

1880.... Ontario and Manitoba claimed the Kenora area during the 1870s and 1880s, and both governments established parallel administrations.

1874.... After the purchase of Rupert's Land by Canada in 1868 Ontario's boundaries moved west and north to a "provisional" boundary in 1874.

1874.... Dufferin, Haliburton (provisional), counties are established.

1869.... July 1, 1869, Ontario begins official government registration of births, marriages and deaths. Source - Book: Routes To Roots. Ryan Taylor

1867.... The British North America Act (01 July 1867) merged the Province of Canada, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia to form the Dominion of Canada. The provinces of Ontario and Quebec replaced the former Province of Canada.

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