The Places of Worship Records Inventory is a project in which all branches of the Ontario Genealogical Society have participated. Toronto Branch’s Inventory attempts to list all Places of Worship of any denomination that exist or have existed in Toronto (today’s boundaries) up to about 1925—quite a challenge in the most populous part of Ontario. The Inventory also lists surviving records and their locations.
Finding Aid Publications
Several publications about the history and organization of denominations and their records have been developed from the extensive research that has been undertaken as part of the Inventory project. Because our ancestors and their clergy often worshipped or covered circuits beyond the boundaries of Toronto, these important guides may cover a larger area, too.
Toronto Branch members can access the finding aids on our Members Only pages.
The finding aids are available at libraries in the Toronto area and some are available for purchase in our eShop.
Many of the records of birth or baptism, marriage, and death or burial identified by the Places of Worship Records Inventory have also been transcribed and indexed.
Toronto Branch members can access some of the transcriptions on our Members Only pages.
The transcriptions are available on Toronto area libraries and are gradually being added to our eShop while the indexes are being added to The Ontario Name Index (TONI).
If there’s a Place of Worship transcription that you’re wondering about, please ask. We may be able to accelerate the process.