York County Surrogate Court registers Help

Ontario Government Record Series RG 22-302

York County Surrogate Court registers

About these records

York County Surrogate Court registers
Dates of Creation
1800-1969, 1971-1974
Physical Description

332 reels of microfilm (textual records)

47.1 metres of textual records

2 volumes of textual records

Scope and Content

Series consists of registers, also known as probate and administration books, which contain the court's copy of all grants of probate (in estates with wills) and administration (estates without wills) issued by the Surrogate Court for the Home District at York (1800-1849), of the County of York (1850-1851; 1867-), of the United Counties of York, Ontario and Peel (1852-1853) and of the United Counties of York and Peel (1854-1866).

The first guardianship grant in the registers appears in the period 1846 to 1848. If any Guardianship Registers were used prior to this time, none has survived.

Copies of wills are at first included with grants of probate in all registers up to Register #22 (1884-1885). Copies of wills are later recorded not on the Register itself but in Appendices to the Registers #23 to #33 (1886-1912).

Restrictions on Access
No restrictions on access.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Copyright is primarily held by the Crown. There are no restrictions on reproduction. Permission of the Archives of Ontario is required for publication; submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast Form.
Related Material

Prior to 1800, the Home District court house was located at Newark (Niagara-on-the-Lake). For pre-1800 records from this area, therefore, see also Series RG 22-234.

Availability of Other Formats

The Archives of Ontario holds the original volumes in this series up to 1974 and in microfilm format up to 1967.

The registers for 1970 have not survived and were not transferred to the Archives.

Finding Aid
There is a reel list in the User's Guide to Surrogate Court microfilm reels. Volumes are indexed up to Register #20 (1878-1881) with the exception of #14 (1865-1867). For Indexes after 1881 researchers should use the York County Indexes on microfilm GS 2, reels 232 to 236. 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.

1800-1974 :

Surrogate Courts (BA44)

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