Ontario Government Record Series RG 22-217

Oxford County Surrogate Court registers

About these records

Oxford County Surrogate Court registers
Dates of Creation
Physical Description

38 volumes of textual records

Scope and Content

Series consists of Surrogate Court registers. Registers, also known as probate and administration books, contain the court's copy of all grants of probate (in estates with wills) and administration (estates without wills) issued by the Surrogate Court for the Brock District (1841-1849) and the County of Oxford (1850-). Prior to 1858, there appears to have been no standard format established for the Registers. As a result, the contents and organisation of the Registers for the early Surrogate Courts can vary. After 1858, a standard format was laid down.

The registers contains the court's copy of grants of probate and administration. Up to 1891, they also contain grants of guardianship. Prior to 1853, it appears that a proper register was not kept. For this early period, the only record of probates and administrations issued by the court was kept in a small register book which recorded the name of the deceased, the date of the grant, the value of the bonds, the executors (or administrators) and any remarks concerning the grant. Beginning in 1853, the usual form of register was kept with a proper copy of the grant of probate (with will) or administration.

Added into the margins of the registers is the corresponding grant/estate file (Series RG 22-221) number.

Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

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Ontario. Surrogate Courts
Restrictions on Access
No restrictions on access
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.
Availability of Other Formats

Registers 1853 to 1931 are also available on microfilm.
Finding Aid
An online finding aid is available for this series. A reel list of registers 1853-1931 is available in the User's Guide to Surrogate Court microfilm reels. The index to this series is available on self-serve microfilm GS 2, Reel 137. Click here to view

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.

1841-1943 :

Surrogate Courts (BA44)

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