Ontario Government Record Series RG 40-10

Certificates documenting the fulfilment of settlement duties and the payment of fees on lands awarded by the Second Heir and Devisee Commission

About these records

Certificates documenting the fulfilment of settlement duties and the payment of fees on lands awarded by the Second Heir and Devisee Commission
Dates of Creation
Physical Description

5 centimetres of textual records

Scope and Content

Series consists of certificates prepared by the Crown Lands Department for the Attorney General, documenting the fulfilment of settlement duties and the payment of required fees on lands awarded by the Second Heir and Devisee Commission.

Certificates cite both the relevant Commission session which awarded the land and the pertinent claim number. They record the name of the person to whom the land was awarded and their place of residence, the location of the land in question (township, concession and lot) and its acreage. They outline the rationale for the award (e.g., as the assignee of....; as the eldest surviving brother and heir at law of...). Finally, they certify the remittance of settlement duties and the payment of patent fees, if these were required. In some cases, a warrant number is provided. Information also may be given concerning the status of the original locatee on the land (e.g., deceased; left the province, etc.)

Until September 1846, these certificates were completely handwritten. After that time, information relating to claims was recorded on pre-printed forms.

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.

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, reel 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 40-10 formerly was Series RG 40 G-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.

1846-1848 :

Heir and Devisee Commission (BA142)

How to order these records

From our Reading Rooms

To view records, please retrieve self-service microfilm reel MS 657, reel 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.