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From: "gilchrists" <>
Subject: Re: [Ont] Ontario BMD Database
Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2002 19:16:59 -0500
Greetings to all:
As one of the Founders of "The Friends of The Archives of Ontario" - I can
inform you that this idea of indexing birth, marriage and death
registrations has certainly come up before. Yes, there are many individuals
who have transcribed some limited entries and published both on-line and in
hard copy. All previous discussions for a "master index" database have been
dealt some type of death blow for various reasons.
This is one area where the advice of The Archives of Ontario must be sought.
I am not sure
of how these specific BMD records fall into copyright.
Please remember that just because a record or document is available for
research it does not mean that the copyright on that item has expired.
Jean Dryden, former Archivist of The United Church of Canada, and also a
Board Member of The Friends of The Archives of Ontario, has a brand new
publication coming out soon on the topic of copyright and research in
Canada. It will certainly become mandatory reading for all genealogists,
archivists, librarians, etc.
A few weeks ago there appeared at the Archives of Ontario a new form which
must be filled in before, and permission can be granted by The Archives for
publication of any records which fall under their jurisdiction, both
originals and microforms. This includes hard copy, on-line reproduction,
public displays, and or broadcast).
So, while I am not a copyright expert by any means, before any such large
scale transcription projects begin, please ensure that the proper channels
J. Brian Gilchrist
Genealogical and Archival research analyst
Box 74503, 270 The Kingsway
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jill Claus" <>
Sent: Sunday, January 13, 2002 6:27 PM
Subject: Re: [Ont] Ontario BMD Database
> I would be willing to coordinate an effort to get all of the BMD index
> at the Ontario Archives online. I have a strong background in databases
> have been working with them professionally for many years. I have been
> considering this project for quite some time. I was thinking that as the
> database comes together, maybe Rootsweb, Ontario GenWeb, or another site
> would like to host the free database.
> The first step though would be to make sure that another group of people
> have not already started such a project. It is a huge undertaking and I
> would not want to duplicate efforts. I have checked the Ontario
> Genealogical Society site and did not see this listed with their special
> projects. I also checked Ontario GenWeb. They have a similar Census
> project under way, but I didn't see anything for BMD. The Olive Tree has
> BMD Exchange. However, that is a place for individuals to post
> registrations and is not intended to become a searchable database of the
> Ontario Archives BMD Indexes.
> Steve and Jenifer have expressed an interest in helping. If there is
> else that is interested in assisting with this project, or who knows of a
> similar project already under way, please let me know.
> Jill Claus
> Fort Erie, ON
> -----Original Message-----
> From: sjmarsh [mailto:]
> Sent: Sunday, January 13, 2002 10:22 AM
> To: Jill Claus;
> Subject: Re: [Ont] Ontario BMD Database
> If anyone has an answer to this question, please post it to the list. It
> would be a great project and I would be willing to help!
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Jill Claus" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Sunday, January 13, 2002 3:15 PM
> Subject: [Ont] Ontario BMD Database
> > I'm wondering if anyone knows if there is an effort to get the Ontario
> > Births Marriages and Deaths index reels into a searchable database?
> > anyone know of such an effort?
> > Jill Claus
> > Fort Erie, Ontario
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