First established as a town in 1892, Fort William became a City in 1907. The following series reflect the operations of Fort William prior to amalgamation in 1970 with the City of Port Arthur.

The City of Thunder Bay Archives uses four categories to describe how access may be granted to archival records:

  • (A) The records are available for everyone to view.
  • (A*) Some records might need special permission to view. Archives staff will perform a quick review upon request for access and may require you to file a formal request for some files or documents.
  • (RST) Records are restricted and require a formal request for access. Access to records may be denied based on restrictions in the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. You may need to sign a research agreement before you can access these records.
  • (PIB) These records are a Personal Information Bank and may only be accessed by the person to whom the records relate, or that person's representative.

Series without a classification code have not yet been designated, but are also be subject to Freedom of Information/Privacy legislation.

Requests for records classified as Restricted may be redirected as formal requests under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. In any case, requests for access will be processed as quickly as possible but cannot be done on the spot.

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Vital records

Access to vital records is governed by the Vital Statistics Act (1990).

Records will be made available after a period of:

  • 95 years (records of births)
  • 80 years (records of marriages)
  • 70 years (records of deaths)

For any record more recent, all requests for access should be directed to:

The Office of the Registrar General
P.O. Box 4600
189 Red River Road
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 6L8
1-800-461-2156
InfoMGS@ontario.ca

Fort William archival records series

Series 1 - Council Minutes, 1892-1969 (A)

Series 2 - Indexes to Minutes, 1901-1968 (A)

Series 3 - By-laws, 1892-1969 (A)

Series 4 - City Clerk's Files, 1903-1969 (A*)

Series 5 - Board of Parks Management Minutes, 1904-1969 (A)

Series 6 - Tourist Committee Minutes, 1926-1950 (A)

Series 7 - Street Railway Committee Minutes, 1907-1915 (A)

Series 8 - Industrial & Development Committee Minutes, 1921-1965 (A)

Series 9 - Tourist Register Books, 1907-1909, 1927-1928 (A)

Series 10 - Winston Hall Committee Minutes, 1945-1950 (A)

Series 11 - Building Permit Registers, 1907-1969 (A)

Series 12 - Expenditure Records, 1914-1952 (A)

Series 13 - Assessment Rolls, 1902-1969 (A)

Series 14 - Assessment Rolls - Industry, 1915-1951 (A)

Series 15 - Tax Collector's Rolls, 1902-1969 (A*)

Series 16 - Annual Reports, 1903-1966 (A)

Series 66 - Payment Books, 1914-1952 (A*)

Series 67 - Police Commission Minutes, 1907-1967 (A*)

Series 68 - Standing Committee Minutes, 1967-1969 (A*)

Series 69 - PUC Minutes, 1909-1966 (A)

Series 70 - Finance Committee Minutes, 1903-1966 (A*)

Series 71 - Board of Works Minutes, 1903-1966 (A)

Series 72 - License, Police & Relief Committee Minutes, 1903-1965 (A*)

Series 73 - Public Welfare Board Minutes, 1935-1966 (A*)

Series 74 - Fire, Water & Light Committee Minutes, 1903-1965 (A)

Series 75 - Board of Health Minutes, 1903-1952 (A*)

Series 76 - Council and Committee Minutes, 1923-1937 (A*)

Series 77 - Cash Books, 1898-1953 (A)

Series 78 - Tax Records, 1924-1969 (A*)

Series 79 - Notices of Cost of Deed, 1921-1942 (A)

Series 80 - Local Improvement Records, 1893-1970 (A)

Series 81 - Journals, 1905-1952 (A)

Series 82 - Tax Arrears Ledgers, 1932-1946 (A*)

Series 83 - Voters Lists 1918-1968 (A)

Series 84 - Property Committee, 1903-1965 (A*)

Series 85 - Railway Board Orders, 1907-1969 (A*)

Series 86 - Agreements, 1889-1967 (A*)

Series 87 - Contracts, 1950-1968 (A*)

Series 89 - Tax Sale Ledgers, 1913-1968 (A*)

Series 90 - Land Tax Sale Records, 1914-1957 (A*)

Series 91 - Miscellaneous Tax Sale Records, 1904-1926, 1946 (A*)

Series 92 - Aerial Photographs, 1947-1996 (A)

Series 100 - General Planning Files, 1941-1969 (A)

Series 103 - Planning Department Project & Reference Files, 1912-1969 (A)

Series 104 - Financial Records, 1903-1969 (A)

Series 106 - Local Improvement Registers, 1909-1992 (A)

Series 107 - General Ledgers, 1895-1952 (A)

Series 108 - Local Improvement Distribution, 1910-1930 (A)

Series 109 - Record of Fires for Fort William, 1914-1969 (A*)

Series 113 - Debenture Registers, 1890-1969 (A)

Series 119 - Payroll Books, 1911-1913, 1923-1968 (RST)

  • File list is not posted online due to privacy restrictions. Contact us for more information.

Series 121 - Parks & Recreation Files, 1907-1975 (A*)

Series 122 - Building Permits, 1941-1969 (A*)

Series 123 - Schedules of Lands Liable for Tax Sale, 1920, 1958 (A*)

Series 128 - City Clerk's Photograph Collection (A)

Series 134 - Private Crossing Agreements, 1924-1969 (A*)

Series 137 - City Engineer's Files, 1889-1968, (predominant 1906-1944) (A)

Series 138 - Indexes to Lot Owners & Interments - Mountain View Cemetery, 1902-1966 (A*)

Series 139 - Record of Interments - Mountainview Cemetery, 1902-1966 (A*)

Series 140 - Burial Records, Mountainview Cemetery, 1951-1969 (A)

Series 157 - Electric Railway Annual Reports, 1915-1942 (A)

Series 158 - City Administrator's Annual Reports, 1958-1969 (A)

Series 160 - Public Utility Commission Files, 1917-1970 (A*)

Series 161 - Voters' Results, 1892-1972 (A*)

Series 163 - Waterworks Department Files, 1901-1971 (A)

Series 164 - Wages & Working Conditions/Union Agreements, 1947-1961 (A*)

Series 168 - Treasurer's Tax Sale Files, 1873-1968 (RST)

  • File list is not posted online due to privacy restrictions. Contact us for more information.

Series 171 - Sewer Connection Records, 1908-1967 (A)

Series 172 - Sewer Complaints, 1929-1962 (RST)

  • File list is not posted online due to privacy restrictions. Contact us for more information.

Series 179 - Water Main Ties, 1906-1965 (A)

Series 180 - Valve Ties, 1933-1950 (A)

Series 181 - Hydrant Valve Records (A)

Series 182 - Court of Revision Records, 1903-1922, 1949-1970 (A)

Series 185 - Sewer & Water Repairs, 1914-1968 (A)

Series 186 - Manor Committee Minutes, 1946-1959 (A)

Series 187 - Salary Records, 1943-1950 (A*)

Series 188 - Electric Railway Records, 1914-1934 (A)

Series 189 - Civic Investigation Records, 1909 (A)

Series 190 - Emergency Measure Records, 1960-1967 (A*)

Series 191 - Diamond Jubilee Records, 1952 (A)

Series 192 - Traffic & Safety Committee Records, 1949-1951, 1966 (A)

Series 193 - Relief Land Settlement Committee Records, 1932-1937 (A)

Series 199 - Daily Journals, 1957-1969 (A)

Series 210 - Sinking Fund Records, 1924-1969 (A)

Series 211 - Committee Minutes - Miscellaneous, 1909-1967 (A*)

Series 212 - Mountain View Cemetery Records - Miscellaneous, 1942-1969 (A)

Series 213 - Fort William Vital Statistics, 1908-1969 (PIB)

Series 224 - Fort William Treasurer's Files, 1935-1970 (A*)

Series 225 - Fort William Gardens Records, 1950-1967 (A*)

Series 245 - Water Tie Books, undated (A*)

Series 263 - Fort William Parks Board Financial Records, 1925-1969 (A)

Series 264 - Fort William Civic Recreation Committee Minutes, 1967-1969 (A)

Series 266 - Paymaster's Payroll Summary and Bank Account, 1927-1940 (RST)

  • File list is not posted online due to privacy restrictions. Contact us for more information.

Series 267 - Civic Recreation Committee Financial Records, 1961-1969 (A)

Series 268 - Fort William Miscellaneous Ledgers, 1908-1964 (A)

Series 269 - Fort William Miscellaneous Financial Records, 1906-1950 (A)

Series 270 - Visitors' Registers, 1941-1969 (RST)

  • File list is not posted online due to privacy restrictions. Contact us for more information.

Series 271 - Record of Officials, 1892-1969 (A)

Series 272 - Civic Employees Pension Committee Files, 1945-1962 (A*)

Series 289 - Fire Department Annual Reports, 1943-1968 (A)

Series 348 - Fire Insurance Plans - Fort William (A)

Series 464 - Unattributed Audiovisual Material, 1920-1995

Series 476 - Fort William Cemetery Application Forms, 1957-1960 (RST)

File titles and descriptions are listed as they appear in the original records and have not been edited. These file listings may therefore contain variant spellings, inaccuracies, or terms which are now considered offensive. They have been left in this original format for historical authenticity.

 

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