The Ontario Name Index (TONI)

Volunteers Are Needed

Ottawa Branch is participating in OGS’ new The Ontario Name Index (TONI) by adding the genealogies, family histories, scrapbooks and other relevant publications found in the Branch Library and the City of Ottawa Archives. As of April, we havde added over 54,000 names

TONI has the goal of including every name found in any historical or genealogical publication relating to Ontario, indicating where information about that person can be found.  TONI will aim people in the right direction to locate information about their person of interest in Ontario.  The location may be a Branch document, a web site, a microfilm, a family history, an archive, etc.  The index is on the public part of the OGS website so that anyone can access it. TONI should make OGS and Branch resources more visible and thus generate additional revenue and members. The information already in the Ontario Cemetery Ancestor Index (OCAI) is being moved into TONI. The names in the Ontario Genealogical Society Provincial Index (OGSPI) will eventually be linked to TONI. All Branches and SIGS have been requested to appoint a Branch TONI coordinator who will seek and assist volunteers to input data into files that will be loaded into TONI. The coordinators will have copies of the TONI Indexing Instructions that provide the information needed by volunteers to begin working. TONI can be found on the OGS website at .

The process involves taking a printed genealogy or family history and reading through it page by page. Each name encountered is entered into a spreadsheet using the TONI Indexing Instructions which are available from your Branch TONI Coordinator or the Provincial Coordinator ( This work can be done, a couple of hours at a time at the Ottawa Branch Library, which is located in the City of Ottawa Archives at 100 Tallwood Drive. In some cases, we may have an electronic version of the document that will allow you to work from your home. Once a publication has been completed, the computer file is given to the Branch TONI Coordinator for review and submitted to the OGS Provincial Office to be added to the TONI database.

City of Ottawa Archives Reference Room hours: Please refer to the Ottawa Branch Library page for library hours and other library information.

For more information on this project or to volunteer please email the Ottawa Branch TONI coordinator at


The Ottawa Name Index remains on-line. Click on Ottawa Name Index to search the index.