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BOOK - Inheritance in Ontario, Wills and Other Records for Family Historians
By Jane E. MacNamara
Published by Dundurn, Toronto, 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 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".

  • Preface and Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • CHAPTER 1 Where to Look, and What You Might Find
  • CHAPTER 2 Early Records of Inheritance, 1763 to 1793 or Thereabouts
  • CHAPTER 3 The Court of Probate, 1793 to 1858
  • CHAPTER 4 The Surrogate Courts, 1793 to 1989, and More Recent Estates
  • CHAPTER 5 Records of Inheritance in the Land Registry Office
  • CHAPTER 6 Other Records of Inheritance
  • Appendix A Surrogate Courts Archival Series Numbers
  • Appendix B Published Indexes to Ontario Estate Records
  • Index
About the author:
Jane E. MacNamara is a long-time member of the Ontario Genealogical Society. She teaches and speaks about family history to groups throughout Ontario and is the organizer of Genealogy Summer Camp, a program attracting out-of-town researchers to Toronto for a week of hands-on research. Jane lives in Toronto and encourages readers to visit her website,

Pages: 144
5.5 X 8.5 inches
Softcover - perfectbound
Published by Dundurn, Toronto, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-45970-580-7

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