Ontario Government Record Series RG 1-54

Petitions relating to land received by the Crown Lands Department

About these records

Petitions relating to land received by the Crown Lands Department
Dates of Creation
Physical Description

7 metres of textual records

Scope and Content

Series consists of indexes, registers and petitions relating to requests for land which were received by the Commissioner of Crown Lands. As of 1827, individuals directly petitioned the Commissioner of Crown Lands for a grant of land, instead of going through the Lieutenant Governor in Council and Executive Council.

The series has been divided into three sub-series based on record type / type of petition.

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Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

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Canada (Province). Crown Lands Dept.

Ontario. Dept. of Crown Lands
Restrictions on Access
Original records are closed for conservation.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Copyright is primarily held by the Crown. No restrictions on reproduction or publication. 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
These records were acquired from the Department of Lands and Forests.
Associated Material

Prior to 1827, petitions were sent only to the Lieutenant Governor; consequently, most of the petitions submitted for land are held by Library and Archives Canada as RG 1, L3 Upper Canada Land Petitions and RG 1, E1 Upper Canada Land Books. The Archives of Ontario makes microfilm copies of the Index and Petitions available to on-site researchers. Consult the Library and Archives Canada finding aids in the reading room.

Testimonials of the actions of United Empire Loyalists were also sent to Commissioners in England and can be found in the records of the Audit Office.

Related Material

Other land-related petitions to the Commissioner of Crown Lands can be found in:Sub-series RG 1-2-4 Correspondence to the Commissioner of Crown Lands, which contains many petitions; Series RG 1-54 Land Petitions; Series RG 1-55 Petitions - requests not relating to land; Series RG 1- 99 Fenian and South African land grant records - from those who served in the militia and military during the Fenian Raids and the South African War; and scattered throughout Series RG 1-58, Township Papers

Availability of Other Formats

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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.

1867-1904 :

Department of Crown Lands (AA49)

1827-1867 :

Crown Lands Department (AA100)

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Sub-series that make up this series

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Reference Code Sub-series Title
RG 1-54-1 Registers and indexes of land petitions
RG 1-54-2 Petitions for land
RG 1-54-3 Petitions for land surveys