Ontario Government Record Series RG 22-357

Victoria County Surrogate Court estate files


About these records

Title
Victoria County Surrogate Court estate files
Dates of Creation
1863-1976
Physical Description

34.8 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.

Files 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 for research and private study. If you wish to use other than for research and private study any of this material, submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast Form.
Availability of Other Formats

Files 1863 to 1930 are also available on microfilm.
Accruals

Further accruals expected.

Finding Aid
An index to estate files is available on microfilm GS 2, reel 193. To identify later files, you may use the 1863-1900 index for Victoria County in the Archives Reading Room or the indexes cited in the User's Guide to Surrogate Court and Surrogate Clerk Microfilm Reels. There is an alphabetical listing of 1859-1900 estate files in the Archives of Ontario Reading Room bookcases. There is a listing of 1854-1930 microfilm reels for Elgin County 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.

1863-1976 :

Surrogate Courts (BA44)

How to order these records

From our Reading Rooms

To identify later files, you may use the 1863-1900 index for Victoria County in the Archives Reading Room or the indexes cited in the User's Guide to Surrogate Court and Surrogate Clerk Microfilm Reels.

1863 to 1930: Consult reel listing for Victoria County in the User's Guide to Surrogate Courts and Surrogate Clerk Microfilm Reels.

1931 to 1967: Please note that this material is stored off-site. A minimum of 1 business day is required to retrieve the material from storage. Please contact a Reference archivist for more information. Order from the Circulation Desk using the grant number from the wills index (microfilm GS 2, reel 193).

1968 to present: Please contact Superior Court of Justice - Estates Division, 440 Kent Street West, Lindsay, Ontario, K9V 6G8, 705-324-1400.

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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.

http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/en/microfilm/surrogate_court_victoria_t.aspx