Ontario Government Record Series RG 22-321

Middlesex County Surrogate Court estate files


About these records

Title
Middlesex County Surrogate Court estate files
Dates of Creation
1799-1976
Physical Description

245.1 metres of textual records

3 reels of microfilm

Scope and Content

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.

Files are arranged numerically with the numbering re-commencing at "1" in 1846 and 1854.

Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

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Ontario. Surrogate Courts
Restrictions on Access
Researchers must use the microfilm version whenever it is available.
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.
Availability of Other Formats

The pre-1931 estate files are available on microfilm.
Accruals

The Archives of Ontario receives annual transfers of these records.

Finding Aid
A nominal province-wide index for 1793-1858 for all Ontario estate files is available online as part of the Archives of Ontario's Interloan Microfilm Catalogue. A microfilm listing for the pre-1931 Middlesex County estate files is available online as part of the Microfilm Interloan Catalogue, and in the User's Guide to Surrogate Courts and Surrogate Clerk Microfilm Reels in the Archives' Reading Room. A nominal index to the pre-1859 Middlesex County estate files is available online.

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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.

1799-1976 :

Surrogate Courts (BA44)

How to order these records

From our Reading Rooms

For the years 1846-1923 and 1924-1967, consult the Middlesex County Surrogate Court index on GS 2, Reel 98 and 98A respectively. For those years after 1967 where the Archives does not hold an index, consult the Superior Court of Justice - Estates Division, 80 Dundas Street, London, Ontario N6A 6A3 for a file number and year.

For pre-1859 estate files, consult the online listing of self-service microfilm in the Finding Aid section. Note: the 1839-1845 estate files were destroyed in a fire in the late 19th century and are not available.

For 1859-1930 files, consult the self-service microfilm listing for Middlesex 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. Please contact a Reference archivist for more information on how to order these records.

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By Microfilm Interloan
Some of this material is available through the Archives of Ontario's Microfilm Interloan Service, which allows you to borrow microfilmed archival records through a library or other institution that participates in the interlibrary loan system.

http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/en/microfilm/surrogate_court_middlesex_t.aspx#estate1