Location: 104 York Mills Rd, North York, ON M2L 1K3
The York Mills Baptist Cemetery was closed in 1945. It appears to be quite overgrown, but it is maintained by the city of Toronto. The Baptist Church that once stood nearby has been replaced by houses many years ago. This is one of several closed or abandoned cemeteries that has been assumed by the City of Toronto for maintenance.
The one prominent grave pillar that stands out in the cemetery is for the Gooderham family. This was a very prominent family in Toronto's early days because of the Gooderham and Worts distillery. The distillery buildings have been converted into a city attraction for arts and entertainment known as "the distillery district." Nevertheless, this Gooderham family belonged to a Baptist church and are unlikely to have had any part in the distillery business since Baptists were historically opposed to the consumption of alcohol.
See York Mills Baptist Cemetery category page to view wikitree profiles for people buried in this cemetery and other details.
Resources for Further Research
Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) The OGS has transcribed most cemeteries in Toronto and this data is available for purchase through their website at OGS – Toronto Branch
- OGS Toronto Cemetery Map (Map ID: NYK-020)
- OGS cemetery ID: 5047 (See York Mills Baptist Cemetery for more information)
The Ontario Name Index (TONI) Another resource provided by the Ontario Genealogical Society is The Ontario Name Index (TONI) which provides a searchable index of names. These names are linked to a number of different sources of data including cemetery transcriptions. It does not provide this source information but only where to find it. Most sources are available for purchase via the OGS (Note: this database includes all of Ontario and it is massive. Nevertheless, it may prove helpful place to start).
Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid (OCFA) Another excellent tool for searching cemetery records in Ontario is the Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid (OCFA). This is a comprehensive searchable database of cemeteries and family names. The site does not have links to transcriptions or provide details about the individual you may be searching for, but it is very helpful for quickly locating the burial location of someone in Ontario to guide your next steps for research.
Contact List for Major Cemeteries in Toronto. The City of Toronto maintains a number of cemeteries once the original owner/operator was no longer able to carry out this responsibility. A list of these cemeteries – closed but maintained by the City of Toronto – is available on the Toronto City website.