What it is
It is a huge index to the holdings of various branches of the Ontario Genealogical Society.
You can search for an ancestor by name and see birth, marriage or death announcements, census records, etc.
Kingston/Frontenac is not well represented in the index, but if you are looking for an ancestor who lived elsewhere in Ontario, this is a good source.
How to use it
1. Visit the website Provincial Index of the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGSPI.)
2. At the top of the screen, click the first letter of the ancestor's name.
a. If the name begins with X, it is on the W page.
b. If the name begins with either Mac or Mc, click the link for Mc.
3. What do those funny-looking entries mean? (e.g. email@example.com_joseph_rc 1925)
a. The @ symbol has nothing to do with e-mail. It's just used as a separator.
b. The letter before the @ symbol tells what type of record it is:
- a . . . Author (the item is in the holdings of an OGS branch library)
- b . . . Birth, Baptism, or Birth announcement
- d . . . Death
- e . . . Education, Election or Employment ( including athletics)
- f . . . Family (group records, pedigree charts, settler sheets)
- h . . . Heraldry
- l . . . Land Records
- m . . . Marriage
- o . . . Obituary
- q . . . Query (someone has contacted that OGS branch about the ancestor)
- s . . . Subject (the item is in the holdings of an OGS branch library )
- t . . . Title (the item is in the holdings of an OGS branch library)
- w . . . War and Military (includes cenotaphs and memorial plaques)
c. The letters after the @ symbol tell where the record came from. They go in order from broadest to most specific.
- ca . . . Canada
- on . . . Ontario
Then the region served by that branch of the OGS, the town, the location of the record, the name of the book or microfilm, and even the page number or record number.
d. Other abbreviations include:
- aka . . . also known as
- b . . . birth
- CofE . . . Church of England, Anglican
- CofI . . . Church of Ireland
- CPres or Presb . . . Presbyterian
- d . . . death
- dtr . . . daughter
- Eng . . . England
- F . . . female
- Ire. . . Ireland
- Luth . . . Lutheran
- M . . . male
- m . . . married
- Meth . . . Methodist
- Ont . . . Ontario
- Que . . . Quebec
- r . . . rural (1901 census)
- RC . . . Roman Catholic
- Scot . . . Scotland
- u. . . urban (1901 census)
- WMeth . . . Wesleyan Methodist
The example given on their website is from the 1891 census: f 1891-7 - dtr Ont Que Ire RC
It means female, age 7 in 1891, single, daughter, child born in Ontario, her father born Quebec, her mother born Ireland, religion Roman Catholic
4. It's not always easy to interpret the records in the OSPI, and the explanations on their website are not always easy to understand. If in doubt, contact the relevant branch of the OGS for assistance.