Ontario Government Record Series RG 22-358
57 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.
Records are arranged by the non-contentious business number up to #4518 and the grant number after #4591. There are no files between those two numbers.
Click on the link(s) below for more information.Ontario. Surrogate Courts
The Archives of Ontario receives annual accruals to this series.
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)|
1867 to 1930: Consult reel listing for Bruce County in the User's Guide to Surrogate Courts and Surrogate Clerk Microfilm Reels.
1931 to 1965, 1967, 1970: 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 wills index.
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