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Ontario Genealogy: Medical Records
Ontario Medical Records
I was able to obtain over 100 pages of records from the Ontario Archives for a patient in London Ontario in the 1920s, after I submitted an official request complete with Freedom of Information Act request form. Some of the more sensitive material in the case logs was blackened out by censors, but most of the file was intact. The cost was minimal and was well worth it.
Archived RecordsFiles less than 100 years old that are restricted under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Requests for access must be submitted in writing to the Access Unit of the Archives of Ontario. Files created in whole or in part on or after 6 April 1954 are restricted under the Mental Health Act. Requests for access to records in Archives' custody must be submitted in writing to the Administrator of the appropriate psychiatric hospital.
The following records are available at the Archives of Ontario. Because the Archives uses dynamic links you must go to Archives Descriptive Database, scroll down to RECORD CREATORS, and then use keywords found below (eg. Brockville Asylum) to conduct your search.
RG 10-308 Brockville Asylum for the Insane photograph album 1903-1906
RG 10-290 Cobourg Asylum patient registers 1902-1916 (for mentally ill women only)
RG 20-40 Administrative records of the Guelph Correctional Centre 1915-1989
RG 20-55 Administrative records of the Central Prison, Toronto 1874-1927
RG 10-284 Hamilton Psychiatric Hospital patients' clinical casebooks 1876-1906
RG 10-291 Kingston Psychiatric Hospital admission warrants and histories 1855-1907
RG 10-298 Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital patients' clinical casebooks 1890-1964
RG 10-279 London Psychiatric Hospital patients' clinical casebooks 1867-1906
RG 10-302 Penetanguishene Mental Health Centre patient registers 1904-1968
RG 10-268 Queen Street Mental Health Centre admission warrants and histories
RG 20-164 Registers of the Toronto Municipal Farm for Men 1914-1939
RG 10-310 Whitby Psychiatric Hospital hemodialysis files 1978-1980
RG 29-58 D'Arcy Place residents' case files 1920-1967 (D'Arcy Place was a facility in Cobourg, Ontario for developmentally disabled individuals)
Homewood Sanitarium fonds 1883-1944 (The Homewood Sanitarium was founded in 1883 as a private institution in Guelph, Ontario for the treatment of mental illness and substance abuse)
RG 29-24 Huronia Regional Centre historical files 1886-1981 (The Huronia Regional Centre is a facility in Orillia, Ontario for developmentally disabled individuals)
RG 29-5 Muskoka Regional Centre historical records (The Muskoka Regional Centre was a facility in Gravenhurst, Ontario for developmentally disabled individuals)
RG 10-309 Patients' clinical case files of the Ontario Hospital at Langstaff 1942-1957
RG 29-13 Oxford Regional Centre historical records 1903-1984 (The Oxford Regional Centre opened in Gravenhurst, Ontario in 1906 as the Hospital for Epileptics. In 1919 it was renamed the Ontario Hospital, Woodstock )
RG 10-317 St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital patient registers 1939-1975
RG 10-311 Goderich Psychiatric Hospital patient registers 1963-1976
Office of the Inspector of Prisons and Public Charities 1868-1934
Helpful LinksArchives Descriptive Database The Archives Descriptive Database is an online guide to the archival holdings at the Archives of Ontario. Medical Records at the Archives of Ontario ~ an excerpt from Ryan Taylor's book on Global's homepage
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