Ontario Government Record Series RG 22-228

Norfolk County Surrogate Court estate files

About these records

Norfolk County Surrogate Court estate files
Dates of Creation
Physical Description

51.6 metres of textual records

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 alphabetically between 1839 and 1868. Commencing in 1868, records were arranged numerically by grant number. Numbering ended at 294 in 1876 and re-commenced at 1. After 1903, grant numbers are repeated annually each year.

Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

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Ontario. Surrogate Courts
Restrictions on Access
Access to the original material is closed if the material is available on microfilm. Access to all other materials is not restricted.
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.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These records were transferred to the Archives of Ontario as part of the records scheduling process.
Availability of Other Formats

The estate files for the years 1839-1930 are available on microfilm.

Annual accruals are received each year by the Archives of Ontario.

Finding Aid
There is an alphabetical listing of 1859-1900 estate files in the Archives of Ontario Reading Room bookcases. There is a listing of 1839-1930 microfilm reels for Norfolk County in the online Microfilm Interloan Catalogue, and in the User's Guide to Surrogate Courts and Surrogate Clerk Microfilm Reels in the Archives Reading Room. An online list is available for this series for files from 1839 to 1859 (includes some files up to 1867).

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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.

1839-1976 :

Surrogate Courts (BA44)

How to order these records

From our Reading Rooms

For pre-1859 files, consult the online list for the series to round down your request and order the appropriate container(s).

To identify later files, you may use the 1859-1900 index for Norfolk County in the Archives Reading Room or the indexes cited in the User's Guide to Surrogate Court and Surrogate Clerk Microfilm Reels.

1859 to 1930: Consult reel listing for Norfolk County in the User's Guide to Surrogate Courts and Surrogate Clerk Microfilm Reels.

1931 to 1964, 1966-present: These files are stored off-site. A minimum of one business day is required to retrieve original records from storage. Order from the Circulation Desk using the grant number from the grant books up to 1931 and the general index thereafter (microfilm GS 2, reels 106 to 109).

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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.