Ontario Government Record Series RG 22-235

Lincoln County Surrogate Court estate files

About these records

Lincoln County Surrogate Court estate files
Dates of Creation
1794-1976, 1980-1985
Physical Description

92.1 metres of textual records

Scope and Content

Series consists of estate files containing the original documentation filed with the Surrogate Court for the Home District (1794-1799), the Niagara District (1800-1849), the United Counties of Lincoln, Haldimand and Welland (1850), the United Counties of Lincoln and Welland (1851-1856) and the County of Lincoln (1856-) 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.

Records up to 1859 are arranged in one alphabetical sequence. Subsequently, records are arranged numerically by grant number.

Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

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Ontario. Surrogate Courts
Restrictions on Access
Researchers must use microfilm where 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.
Related Material

See also Surrogate Clerk - Surrogate Court returns and lists, Series RG 22-717, which includes Lincoln County Surrogate Court returns, 1880-1881.

Availability of Other Formats

Files dated 1794 to 1930 are also available on microfilm.

The Archives of Ontario receives annual transfers of these records.

Finding Aid
There is an alphabetical listing of 1859-1900 Lincoln County estate files in the Archives of Ontario Reading Room bookcases. There is a listing of 1854-1930 microfilm reels for Lincoln County in the User's Guide to Surrogate Courts and Surrogate Clerk Microfilm Reels in the Reading Room. An online list is available for estate files in this series dated 1794-1858.

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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.

1794-1985 :

Surrogate Courts (BA44)

How to order these records

From our Reading Rooms

For pre-1859 files, consult the online listing to narrow your search. To identify later files, you may use the 1859-1900 index for Lincoln 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 Lincoln County in the User's Guide to Surrogate Courts and Surrogate Clerk Microfilm Reels.

1931 to 1963, 1966-1968: records are located 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 wills index (microfilm GS 2, reel 90).

1968-1980 records are located offsite, a minimum of 1 business day is required to retrieve these records onsite. Please consult a Reference Archivist, providing a year and estate file number for further information on ordering these records.

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By Microfilm Interloan
Most 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.