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RESEARCH: Land Records at the Archives of Ontario / National Archives


How to find Land Petitions, Grants, Patents, Deeds and changes in ownership for VV ancestors. Links to descriptions, finding aids, and to images of nearly 70 records for VVs and related families.


RESEARCH: Land Records at the Archives of Ontario / National Archives

This post will be a work-in-progress as I learn how to use these records, and I will give examples.  Perhaps others can be encouraged to research land records and share their findings here.  

Researching genealogy through Ontario land records seemed entirely daunting, but I found some great guides at Lorine McGinnis Schulze's (a Vollick descendant) Olive Tree Genealogy site - specifically her article Finding Ancestors in Land Records in OntarioThe Ontario Archives have many guides and finding aids available, but I find Lorine is able to put the options in context of typical scenarios.  Please do read her guide first, if you are not familiar. 

The Land Records desk at the Ontario Archives - "Finding Aids"

The following are just some of the options for researching Ontario land records: 

LAND PETITIONS

Overview of Land Petitions (describes, shows how to find these, read first)

Upper Canada Land Petitions specific to VanValkenburghs and related families

Lower Canada Land Petitions specific to VanValkenburghs and related families

Petitions to the Crown Lands Department specific to VanValkenburghs and related families
 


ONTARIO LAND RECORDS INDEX

Overview of the Ontario Land Records Index - OLRI (describes, shows how to find these, read first)

OLRI Listings  specific to VanValkenburghs and related families
 


LAND PATENT INDEX and LAND BOOKS

From Grant to Patent: A Guide to Early Land Settlement. Records, ca.1790 to ca.1850

(research in progress Feb 2014, update soon) 
 


ONTARIO LAND REGISTRY BOOKS / PROPERTY REGISTRATION

Examples to come...
 

ESTATE FILES (Surrogate Court Records)

Examples to come... 
 


TAX ASSESSMENT RECORDS

and Statutes of Labour, examples to come...
 



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