Now available, another year is added to Ancestry’s Ontario births collection, now running from 1832 to 1916.
The addition, the war year 1916, augments the collection by 72,767 for a total of 7,162,200 entries. Curiously, the update section of the Ontario births page, posted on 7 March 2022 claims 216,404 new records for the year 1916.
In a July 2020 blog post, I compared the official Ontario birth stats with those found from an Ancestry search. In 1913 they were running around a bit over 60,000, so 216,404 in 1916 cannot be right.
Perhaps even more curious is that the Archives of Ontario website lists 1917 birth registrations as available on microfilm reel MS 931, Reel 31. Why is Ancestry a year behind?