How the Ontario Genealogical Society's Toronto Branch is making records more accessible—and how you can help


In 2006, FamilySearch announced the intention to index all the records in the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, and the launch of an online tool called FamilySearchIndexing or FSI.

In FSI, digital images of a series of records are published online, along with an on-screen form into which a volunteer extracts the information. Every record is transcribed independently by two different volunteers. The computer finds any discrepancies between the two transcriptions, and a third volunteer, an arbitrator, makes the final decision. Thousands of volunteers from all over the world are involved.

In the fall of 2009, we launched a project to index an important resource for Toronto researchers—a “partner” project with FamilySearch Indexing. The resource is the burial registers of the “Toronto Trust Cemeteries” (as the Mount Pleasant Group of Cemeteries was known prior to 1990.) The project encompasses records up to 1935, so it includes:

  • York General Burying Ground (Potters’ Field) 1826-1855
  • Toronto Necropolis 1850-1935
  • Mount Pleasant Cemetery 1876-1935
  • Prospect Cemetery 1890-1935

This is an exciting group of records particularly for researchers with late 19th and early 20th century Toronto ancestors. We’re very pleased to announce that our project was completed in 2013, and the index is available free to anyone in the world with an Internet connection. If you have questions about the Toronto Trust Cemeteries project, please email us.

Screen shot of the search page.
The results of our indexing efforts are now available free at