Ontario Government Record Series RG 22-358

Bruce County Surrogate Court estate files

About these records

Bruce County Surrogate Court estate files
Dates of Creation
1867-1965, 1967, 1970
Physical Description

57 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.

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.

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.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Records were transferred to the Archives of Ontario from the Walkerton Courthouse.
Availability of Other Formats

The estate files for 1867-1930 are also available on microfilm.

The Archives of Ontario receives annual accruals to this series.

Finding Aid
There is a listing of 1867-1930 microfilm reels for Bruce County in the User's Guide to Surrogate Courts and Surrogate Clerk Microfilm Reels. An index to estate files is available on microfilm GS 2, reel 7 as well as the General Indexes (Series RG 22-283).

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.

1867-1970 :

Surrogate Courts (BA44)

How to order these records

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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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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.