Ontario Government Record Series RG 40-8

Reports or certificates of search submitted to the Second Heir and Devisee Commission by the Crown Lands Department


About these records

Title
Reports or certificates of search submitted to the Second Heir and Devisee Commission by the Crown Lands Department
Dates of Creation
1844-1868
Physical Description

25 centimetres of textual records

Scope and Content

Series consists of reports or certificates of search prepared for the Second Heir and Devisee Commission by the Surveyor General's Office and, after 1845, by officials within the Crown Lands Department. The reports document and certify that searches were conducted within the Crown Lands Department for information relating to claims made before the Commission. Within the series are reports relating to grants and reports relating to sales.

The reports relating to grants of land contain all or some of the following information: the lot, concession, township and acreage of the land claimed; a certification statement that the lot was located; the date the lot was located and to whom; the authority under which the location was made, e.g., an order-in-council or an order-in-council subsequent to a petition; and the status of the locatee, e.g., an emigrant settler (may provide country of origin), a discharged soldier (may provide rank and regiment); the daughter or son of an United Empire Loyalist, etc.; if the location had been described for patent and to whom; the results of any inspections of the land (e.g., when the inspection was made, who was occupying the land at the time of the inspection, and if the land had been improved); and whether the conditions of location had been met. Conflicting claims to land are often outlined in these reports.

The reports relating to sales document the location and acreage of the purchased land (lot, concession and township), the name of the purchaser, the date of purchase, and the purchase price, and record whether any monies remained due on the purchase.

The two types of reports are interfiled.

Records are arranged chronologically by the date of the report.

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, the 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. 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

Series RG 1-16 consists of minutes of search and certificates of search prepared for the Heir and Devisee Commission by the Surveyor General, 1832-1872.

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 97 to 98.
Notes

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 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.

Accruals

No accruals are anticipated.

Former Codes

Series RG 40-8 formerly was Series RG 40 F-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.

1844-1868 :

Heir and Devisee Commission (BA142)

How to order these records

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By Microfilm Interloan
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