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BOOK - Province of Ontario Immigration Records, An Overview - Updated Edition
By Fawne Stratford-Devai
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2003, Updated 2019

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Researchers seeking immigration records of specific people are often unaware of the diverse and plentiful records created at the provincial level. This guide-book is designed to provide an overview of immigration records created by and for the Province of Ontario as they relate to those who immigrated the land that is now called Ontario, during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Notes regarding the updates included in this 2019 edition:
The content of Fawne Stratford-Devai's 2003 edition of this book has stood up to the test of time admirably. With that said, this new 2019 edition includes a few important updates. 2019 edition updates include:
  • A new 'Ontario Department of Emigration Records: Code Conversion List' (page 31a) that was developed and contributed by Jane E. MacNamara. Since this book was written in 2003, the Archives of Ontario has changed the RG 11 series codes from letters to numbers-as well as enriched and realigned the descriptions. Researchers need both codes to use the records.

    • Use the current code to learn more about the records in the Archives of Ontario's descriptive database and find the microfilms in the inter-loan catalogue.

    • The former codes must be used on the Archives of Ontario microfilms and to find images digitized on

  • Updates to the website addresses provided in 'Internet Resources' section beginning on page 45. Those updates were made by the publisher and were accurate at the time of publication in June of 2019.

  • Cover design was changed for the 2019 edition by the publisher.
Contents include:
  • Evolution of Responsibility for Emigrants in Ontario
    • British Records: Military & Colonial Office
    • Military Settling Department
    • Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada
    • Civil Secretary
    • Crown Land Records
    • Emigrant Agents
    • The Emigrant Office
    • Bureau of Agriculture [Dept. of Agriculture] (Canada West): 1852-1867
    • Department of the Commissioner of Agriculture and Public Works: 1867-1877
    • Immigration Branch 1869-1874
  • Records of the Toronto Emigration Office
    • Correspondence ~ Letterbooks
    • Toronto Office Assisted Immigration Registers
    • Toronto Office Arrival and Destination Registers
    • Toronto Emigrant Office Financial Records (1831-1879)
    • Toronto Convalescent and Fever Hospital (1847-1848)
    • Report of the Inspection of Children (1875, 1886)
    • Toronto Emigrant Office Records Microfilm Listing
  • Ontario Department of Immigration Records
    • Ontario Department of Emigration Records: Code Conversion List
    • The Evolution of Ontario's Immigration Department
    • Records of the Department of Immigration
    • Passage Bonus Receipts (1873-1875)
    • Refund Bonus Certificates (1873-1874)
    • Applications for Refund Bonus (1869-73, 1874-76)
    • Six Dollar Bonus Warrants (1875)
    • Arrival & Destination Records (1862-1881)
    • Free Railway Pass Records (1869,1872-73,1879)
    • Accounting Records (1869-1901)
    • Miscellaneous Records (1869-1896)
  • Additional Sources for Ontario Immigrants
    • Homechildren
    • British Emigration Files
    • Scottish Emigration Files
    • Irish Emigration
    • German Immigration
    • Records of Refugees
    • Jewish Immigration Records
  • Internet Resources - Updated links in June 2019
    54 pages
    8.5" X 11
    ISBN 978-1-77240-138-7 (the 2003 edition was under ISBN: 1-894378-73-3)

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