Ontario Government Record Series RG 40-6

Minutes of the Second Heir and Devisee Commission

About these records

Minutes of the Second Heir and Devisee Commission
Dates of Creation
Physical Description

11 volumes of textual records

Scope and Content

Series consists of minutes of the Second Heir and Devisee Commission. In many cases, the minutes contain not only the decision of the commission, but also a precis of documents which were submitted in support of claims, as well as an outline of deliberations.

Typically, the Commission met once or twice a year with the exception of 1844, when no session of the Commission was held. Minutes were kept for each session of the Commission. Each session as assigned an alphabetical letter as an identifier until 1845, when this procedure was abandoned. Each claim heard within a session was assigned a unique number, beginning with the number one.

Many of the volumes of minutes consist of rough or draft minutes kept by the secretary of the Commission.

Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

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Upper Canada. Heir and Devisee Commission (1805-1911)
Restrictions on Access
Original records are closed for conservation reasons.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Crown copyright. 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.
Custodial History

Records were transferred to the Archives of Ontario with the permission of the Attorney General's Department, ca. 1953. Prior to their transfer, the records were stored at Osgoode Hall, where the Second Heir and Devisee Committee held many of its meetings. At the time of their transfer to the Archives, the records were under the custody of the Office of the Official Guardian, Department of the Attorney General, and were stored in a vault in the Judges' Chambers at Osgoode Hall.

Associated Material

Some records of the Second Heir and Devisee Commission are held by Library and Archives Canada, and have been described as RG 1, L5. These records also are available on microfilm for consultation in the Main Reading Room of the Archives of Ontario.

Availability of Other Formats

The records comprising this series were microfilmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah in 1983 and are available as MS 657, reels 2 to 10.

In addition to being available from the Archives of Ontario through inter-institutional loan, these records are also available on microfilm through the Family History Centres of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. To obtain references to this microfilm, access the Family History Library Catalogue and search under the heading: Ontario. Heir and Devisee Commission (2nd). Please note that the Family History Library Catalogue microfilm reel references and the microfilm reel references used by the Archives of Ontario differ.


No accruals are anticipated.

Former Codes

Series RG 40-6 formerly was Series RG 40 C-1.

Finding Aid
A volume list is available for this series. 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.

1810-1895 :

Heir and Devisee Commission (BA142)

How to order these records

From our Reading Rooms

First consult the volume list to narrow down your search, then retrieve the required self-service microfilm reel. Please note that microfilmed records are identified by their former reference codes.

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By Microfilm Interloan
These records are available through the Archives of Ontario Microfilm Interloan Service, which allows you to borrow microfilmed archival records through a library or other institution that participates in the interlibrary loan system.