Ontario Government Record Series RG 40-7

Lists of land claimed under the Second Heir and Devisee Commission

About these records

Lists of land claimed under the Second Heir and Devisee Commission
Dates of Creation
Physical Description

23 centimetres of textual records

Scope and Content

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.

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 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.

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.

Related Material

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.

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 94 to 97.

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.

Former Codes

Series RG 40-7 formerly was Series RG 40 E-1.

Finding Aid
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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.

1805-1876 :

Heir and Devisee Commission (BA142)

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By Microfilm Interloan
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