Ontario Government Record Series RG 40-9

Draft reports of the proceedings of the Second Heir and Devisee Commission

About these records

Draft reports of the proceedings of the Second Heir and Devisee Commission
Dates of Creation
Physical Description

4 centimetres of textual records

Scope and Content

Series consists of draft or rough copies of reports outlining the proceedings of the Second Heir and Devisee Commission and recording decisions made by the Commission regarding land claims.

The reports were prepared in tabular form. Separate reports were prepared for each session of the Commission.

Entries consist of: the number of the claim; the name, place of residence, and occupation of the claimant; background to the claim; the lot, concession, and township of the property claimed and its acreage; the name of the original claimant (the person to whom the land was originally located); and the decision of the Commission (whether the claim was allowed or dismissed and the reasons why). Unlike the final version of the reports (found in Series RG 1-15 and RG 1-18) which often contain a detailed metes and bounds description of the land in question, these reports merely have a note telling the clerk to copy the description in the final report.

Reports are arranged by the date of the Commission session.

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 1-15-1 consists of copies of Heir and Devisee Commission reports which were submitted to the Surveyor General, for the period 1802 to 1886 while Sub-series RG 1-15-2 contains transcripts of these reports, which were prepared by the Surveyor General, for the period 1797 to 1803 and 1811 to 1868.

Series RG 1-18 consists of copies of Heir and Devisee Commission reports which were submitted to the Inspector General, for the period 1823 to 1840.

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 98 to 99.

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.


No accruals are anticipated.

Former Codes

Series RG 40-9 formerly was Series RG 40 F-2.

Finding Aid
No list is available for this series.

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.

1857-1891 :

Heir and Devisee Commission (BA142)

How to order these records

From our Reading Rooms

To view records, retrieve self-service microfilm MS 657, reels 98 and 99. 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.