Ontario Government Record Series RG 22-155

Court of Probate estate files

About these records

Court of Probate estate files
Dates of Creation
Physical Description

12 metres of textual records

Scope and Content

Series consists of estate files for all districts and counties in Upper Canada and Canada West. The files were created by the Court of Probate for all cases of probate, administration, or guardianship brought before it. As the court dealt with large estates involving property in more than one district, the estates represented in these files tend to be those of the wealthier and more influential inhabitants of the province. The contents of the files vary, but typically include wills and codicils and letters probate in cases of probate, letters of administration and administration bonds in cases of administration, and appointments of guardianship in cases of guardianship. The files also frequently include petitions, inventories, affidavits, renunciations, and other supporting documents.

Series is arranged alphabetically by the surname of the deceased individual.

Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

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Upper Canada. Court of Probate
Restrictions on Access
Researchers must use microfilm.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Copyright is primarily held by the Crown. There are no restrictions on reproduction. Permission of the Archives of Ontario is required for publication; submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast Form.
Related Material

Estate files after 1858 were processed by the local County or District Surrogate Court.

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Agency or agencies that created these records

These records were created by the following Ontario government agency or agencies. Click on the agency reference code for information about this agency and other records it created.

1793-1859 :

Court of Probate (BA43)

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Available for inter-institutional loan on microfilm: surnames A-G:

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