Ontario Government Record Series RG 22-366

Nipissing District Surrogate Court estate files

About these records

Nipissing District Surrogate Court estate files
Dates of Creation
Physical Description

31.8 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.

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. Series also contains material owned by various other copyright owners. To find out more about the copyright status of the particular material you wish to use, consult a Reference Archivist.
Availability of Other Formats

The estate files for 1895 to 1930 are also available on microfilm.

An index covering 1895-1941 is available on microfilm MS 887, reel 71. For the estate file numbers after 1941, contact the Nipissing District Superior Court of Justice - Estates Division, 360 Plouffe Street, North Bay, Ontario, P1B 9L5, Telephone 705-495-8309.


The Archives of Ontario receives annual accruals to this series.

Finding Aid
There is a listing of 1895-1930 microfilm reels for Nipissing District available online as part of the Microfilm Interloan Catalogue, and in the User's Guide to Surrogate Courts and Surrogate Clerk Microfilm Reels.

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.

1895-1976 :

Surrogate Courts (BA44)

How to order these records

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1895 to 1930: Consult reel listing for Nipissing District in the User's Guide to Surrogate Courts and Surrogate Clerk Microfilm Reels.

1931 to 1966: These files are stored off-site. A minimum of 1 business day is required to retrieve off-site material from storage. Order from the Circulation Desk using the file number from the wills index (microfilm MS 887, reel 71).

1967 to present: Please contact Superior Court of Justice - Estates Division Court House, 360 Plouffe Street, North Bay, Ontario, P1B 9L5, 705-495-8309.

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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.