A book by Jane E. MacNamara
Published by Dundurn and the Ontario Genealogical Society, 2013
Whether your ancestor left hundreds of acres of land, money, or a few modest belongings, the records created when those legacies were distributed can provide valuable clues to family connections, relationships, and just how your ancestors lived.
Inheritance in Ontario will help you determine whether your relative’s will was proved in the Court of Probate, surrogate courts, or another court, and navigate the finding aids to locate surviving estate files and other complementary records at the Archives of Ontario, local courthouse or archives, or through FamilySearch.org. Not every Ontario estate was handled by a court, however, and land records, newspapers, and manuscript collections can also help you discover “who got what”.
Here’s a taste of what’s inside:
- Value of records of inheritance for family history
- Understanding Ontario geography
CHAPTER 1: Where to Look, and What You Might Find
- Which court do I look at?
- Where are the records kept?
- How to understand and analyze what you find
CHAPTER 2: Early Records of Inheritance, 1763 to 1793 or Thereabouts
- Notarial records for “Western” Quebec: locations and descriptions of surviving records
- Prerogative court records, including an index of all names of parties involved (much more comprehensive than other studies of this period)
CHAPTER 3: The Court of Probate, 1793 to 1858
- History of this superior court
- Guide to finding estate files, registers, and other associated records
CHAPTER 4: The Surrogate Courts, 1793 to 1989, and More Recent Estates
- History of the surrogate courts, including the transition from Districts to counties
- Records at the Archives of Ontario—and elsewhere
- Guide to finding estate files and the many allied records to complete the story
- Surrogate clerk’s records and guardianship records
CHAPTER 5: Records of Inheritance in the Land Registry Office
- Understanding abstract indexes and general registers
- Following the index references to land registry and court documents
CHAPTER 6: Other Records of Inheritance
- Probate records for Ontarians in other jurisdictions
- Records of inheritance found in newspapers
- Heir and devisee commissions
- Manuscript collections and the records of inheritance that they contain
Part of the Genealogist’s Reference Shelf Collection
5.5 X 8.5 inches, softcover, 144 pages
Published by Dundurn and the Ontario Genealogical Society, Toronto, 2013