Ontario Government Record Series RG 22-205
161.4 metres of textual records
Series consists of estate files containing the original documentation filed with the court in proceedings leading to a grant of probate or administration in Wentworth County. Typically, an estate file includes the original will in cases of probate, administration bonds in cases of administration, petitions for probate or administration and supporting affidavits, and the order for probate or administration.
While some inventories of estates exist for the early period, the occurrence of these in the files becomes more frequent after 1892 when the Succession Duty Act required detailed inventories and lists of heirs to be included in the files of taxable estates. When the value of taxable estates was lowered by an amendment to the act in 1907, the presence of these inventories and lists becomes even more common.
If the will or the grant of probate or administration was contested, the estate file should also include the caveat filed against the estate, relevant citations and affidavits, and the final judgment issued by the court.
Records are arranged numerically between 1816 and 1858 (#1-#1339). Between 1859 and 1901, records are arranged numerically by non-contentious business number (#1-#5360). Between 1902 and 1928, records are arranged numerically by grant number (#5324-#15312). Grant numbering re-commenced at 1 in 1928.
Accruals are received annually.
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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.
|Surrogate Courts (BA44)|
Consult the indexes in series RG 22-201 (Wentworth County indexes) on GS 2, Reel 223. For pre-1859 estate files, consult the online listing of self-service microfilm in the Finding Aid section.
For 1859-1930 files, consult the self-service microfilm listing for Wentworth County available online in the Microfilm Interloan Catalogue or in the User's Guide to Surrogate Courts and Surrogate Clerk Microfilm Reels in the Archives' Reading Room.
The 1931-1968 files have not been microfilmed so the original records must be requested from offsite storage. A minimum of 1 business day is required to retrieve the material onsite. Please contact a Reference archivist for more information on how to order these records.
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