Ontario Government Record Series RG 22-368

Rainy River District Surrogate Court estate files

About these records

Rainy River District Surrogate Court estate files
Dates of Creation
1909-1965, 1969-1970
Physical Description

10.5 metres of textual records

Scope and Content

Series consists of estate files containing the original documentation filed with the Surrogate Court for the Rainy River District 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
No restrictions on access.
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. 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 1909 to 1930 are also available on microfilm.

The Archives of Ontario receives annual accruals to this series.

Finding Aid
There is a reel listing available for 1909-1930 files in the User's Guide to Surrogate Court microfilm reels. An index is available on self-serve microfilm MS 887, reel 79.

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.

1909-1970 :

Surrogate Courts (BA44)

How to order these records

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To view the 1909-1930 material, consult index and reel listing to round down your search.

1931-1967: This material is 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 grant number from the 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.