Ontario Government Record Series RG 22-397
79.2 metres of textual records
Series consists of estate files containing the original documentation filed with the court in proceedings leading to a grant of probate or administration. Typically, an estate file includes the original will in cases of probate, administration bonds in cases of administration, petitions for probate or administration and supporting affidavits, and the order for probate or administration.
While some inventories of estates exist for the early period, the occurrence of these in the files becomes more frequent after 1892 when the Succession Duty Act required detailed inventories and lists of heirs to be included in the files of taxable estates. When the value of taxable estates was lowered by an amendment to the act in 1907, the presence of these inventories and lists becomes even more common.
If the will or the grant of probate or administration was contested, the estate file should also include the caveat filed against the estate, relevant citations and affidavits, and the final judgment issued by the court.
Until early 1921, these records are arranged numerically by non-contentious business number, and thereafter by grant number, commencing at 1. The grant numbers were repeated annually.
Click on the link(s) below for more information.Ontario. Surrogate Courts
The Archives of Ontario receives annual transfers of 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.
|Surrogate Courts (BA44)|
For the years 1851-1966, consult RG 22-395 (Kent County Surrogate Court index) on GS 2, Reel 67. For those years after 1966 where the Archives does not hold an index, consult the Superior Court of Justice - Estates Division, 425 Grand Avenue West, Chatham, Ontario N7M 6M8 for a file number and year.
For pre-1859 estate files, consult the online listing of self-service microfilm in the Finding Aid section.
For 1859-1930 files, consult the self-service microfilm listing for Kent County available online in the Microfilm Interloan Catalogue or in the User's Guide to Surrogate Courts and Surrogate Clerk Microfilm Reels in the Archives' Reading Room.
The post-1930 files have not been microfilmed so the original records must be requested from offsite storage. A minimum of 1 business day is required to retrieve the material onsite.
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