Last month, while working on the February 7 to 13th week of FINALLY Get Organized!, I mentioned that I didn’t have a copy of my birth registration. I already have my birth certificate (short form) and my baptism record, but I was curious to see what my birth registration looked like.
I ordered it online (at a cost of $35 CDN) on February 23rd from Service Ontario, a Government of Ontario website. The expected delivery date was 15 business days, but I received the paperwork 6 business days later on March 2nd.
After opening the envelope, I quickly examined the document. I then took my time to read each item to make sure I wouldn’t miss anything. I noticed my birth was registered when I was eight days old, both my parents were present at the registration, but Mom signed the form, and there’s at least three styles of handwriting (Mom’s, Dad’s, and presumably a municipal clerk). Other details included my parents’ address, their respective occupations (Dad was a welder and Mom was a housewife), and the name of the doctor in attendance. 
To see what information is potentially available in a “statement of birth” from the Province of Ontario, here’s a chart comparing the various fields in my birth registration record (in 1958) to those in my birth certificate (issued in 1979).
Thanks to my birth registration record, I now know a lot more about my birth. Another bonus – this time genealogical – is I feel I’ve met the first GPS (Genealogical Proof Standard) component of having done “reasonably exhaustive research”, because I’ve examined “all potentially relevant sources” concerning my birth. 
Ordering my birth registration record was money well spent!
1. Province of Ontario, statement of birth 088158 (1958), Yvonne Joan Belair; Office of the Registrar General, Ontario, Canada.
2. Board for Certification of Genealogists, Genealogy Standards, 50th anniversary edition (Nashville, Tennessee: Ancestry.com, 2014), 2.
Copyright © 2016, Yvonne Demoskoff.