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Types of records in Ontario Land Registry Offices
Article posted: June 11, 2001
By: Fawne Stratford-Devai Biography & Archived Articles
We know that some or all of the following records/documents/registers are to be found or were known to be stored at one time in Ontario Land Registry Offices:
Registers of first patentees in a given township/townsite. These books were given to the local LRO by the Surveyor General's Office or the Commissioner of Crown Lands and are often referred to as the "Domesday Book" for a particular area.
The General Register series and register/index (GR).
Deposits and the Deposit register.
Survey Plans (subdivisions etc) and plan registers
Registers/indexes of prior titles
Register of Insolvents (from 1864 - )
Power of Attorney/Index to Power of Attorney records
Wills and letters of administration/registers of wills and letters of administration (many wills were never probated or were never separated into the general register but are simply instruments which transferred property from one generation to another and are filed with other typical land transfer documents.
Applications/registers of marriage licences (late 19th century)
Marriage returns/registers for the period 1858-1869. Most of the returns from clergy were filed as instruments among the regular series of documents.
Fee books (a record of the amount of money received by the LRO staff for any and all transactions which came into the office)
Judgements and Judgement Registers. The individual Judgements were often interfiled amongst the regular series of instruments and in many offices the Judgement registers/indexes have been lost.
Chancery court registers
Various documents related to provincial legislation at various times
Bylaws and related documents. These records often authorized the building of early libraries, bridges, court houses and other public buildings.
Partnership documents and partnership registers
Joint stock registers
Debentures and debenture registers
Registers of cattle brands/marks (early 1800s-1830s)
Naturalization registers/registers of aliens
Oaths of allegiance
Orders of Protection (1867-1895) have been found in hard copy in one Land Registry Office and on the microfilm in two other offices. These orders document early instances of the abuse/neglect of women and children.
Incorporations/Incorporation registers (for example, Cheese and butter manufacturing companies, public libraries, mechanics institutes and various co-operative associations were incorporated by filing with the registry offices).
And much much more that we are still discovering!!
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