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Ontario Government Record Series RG 1-58

Township papers

About these records

Township papers
Dates of Creation
[ca. 1783-ca.1870]
Physical Description

72 metres of textual records

Scope and Content

Series consists of a miscellaneous group of land-related records, which have been arranged by township name, then by concession and lot or by town name and lot number. Under any lot for which documents are available, researchers may find the following: copies of orders-in-council; copies of location certificates and location tickets; copies of assignments; certificates verifying the completion of settlement duties; copies of receipt; copies of descriptions; and copies of patents; and copies of incoming correspondence.

Restrictions on Access
Original records are closed for conservation reasons.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Copyright is primarily held by the Crown. 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.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These records were transferred to the Archives of Ontario from the Department of Lands and Forests.
Related Material

This series was succeeded by Series RG 1-246, Numeric land files system, which contains similar pre-patent records covering the period 1853-1915.

Availability of Other Formats

This series has been microfilmed by the Archives of Ontario and is available as MS 658, reels 1 to 541.

Series consists of a miscellaneous collection of documents relating to land which were brought together by staff of the Department of Lands and Forests as a means of sorting and arranging otherwise unrelated land records. If an individual document dealt specifically with a particular piece of property and did not appear to fit within another records series, it was placed within the Township Papers. After the series was transferred to the Archives of Ontario, staff archivists continued to file miscellaneous material within the series.


The series is now closed to accruals.

Former Codes

Series RG 1-58 formerly was Series RG 1 C-IV.

Finding Aid
A listing of the contents of microfilm reels is available. Click here to view

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.

[ca.1783]-1791 :

Surveyor General's Office (BA139)

1791-1827 :

Surveyor General's Office (BA84)

1827-1867 :

Crown Lands Department (AA100)

1867-[ca.1870] :

Department of Crown Lands (AA49)

How to order these records

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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.