Ontario Government Record Series RG 40-7
23 centimetres of textual records
Series consists of lists of claims to land which were posted in the offices of clerks of the peace. Under legislation, there was a requirement that notices signifying the intent of claimants to pursue a claim before the Commission be publicly read and proclaimed in the Court of General Quarter Session and be displayed in the office of the clerk. The lists comprising this series were prepared by clerks of the peace and forwarded to the Commission.
All or some of the following information is recorded on the lists: the name of the claimant and of any representative working on his or her behalf (e.g., an attorney); the place of residence of the claimant; a description of the land claimed (township, concession, lot and acreage); the name of the original nominee of the Crown for the land; the nature of the claim (i.e., if claimed as an assignee, an heir or a devisee); background to the claim; and the date the notice was posted in the clerk of the peace's office.
Click on the link(s) below for more information.Upper Canada. Heir and Devisee Commission (1805-1911)
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 Commission 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.
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.
Sub-series RG 1-53-7, Descriptions - Crown Land Sales General References, contains descriptions of Crown lands sold for the period 1830 to 1982.
Numeric land files are found in Series RG 1-246.
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 these microfilms, access the Family History Library Catalogue and seach 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.
Series RG 40-7 formerly was Series RG 40 E-1.
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.
|Heir and Devisee Commission (BA142)|
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