Friday, December 11, 2009

Ontario Land Registry Records

The records of the Ontario Land Registry Offices (LROs) document transactions relating to privately owned land and these offices are responsible for maintaining a complete set of land registry records. In cases where the LRO has transferred their original records to the Archives of Ontario, the LRO should have received copies of those records on microfilm.

When a resident of the Province of Ontario died, their land was usually sold, or the title was transferred to an heir or creditor. In order to make a land transfer official in 19th century Ontario, a person’s last will and testament may have been copied into a deed book at the local land registry office, or into a probate record at the probate court, or surrogate court. Copies of the will or probate papers were rarely filed in both the land registry office and with the court, but keep in mind that if you find probate papers in the land registry, you may find some additional related papers in court records.

The LROs are open to be searched, but there will be a fee involved. You may want to either go to the Archives of Ontario to search the microfilmed records at no charge, or have your local library request the microfilm through inter-library loan from the Archives of Ontario.

Also, if land records show the person’s estate was “proved” or probated before a court, you should look for his name in one of the following sources:

Court of Probate Probate Registers and Estate Files

Surrogate Court Records Index

The Archives holds the following Land Registry Office records:


  • Original Records

    • instruments and deeds up to 1867

    • books up to 1955 (many have been placed on term loan with local repositories)

    • some post-1867 instruments and deeds, where the copybooks are missing



  • Microfilm Copies

    • copybooks, abstract indexes, and alphabetical indexes, ca.1795-ca.1960, predominantly to ca.1880



The original records are closed for conservation reasons. The microfilm copies of the original records are available for research.



This is a list of the Ontario Land Registry Offices:

Algoma
Land Registry Office No. 1
420 Queen Street East
Sault Ste. Marie ON P6A 1Z7
Tel: (705) 253-8887
Fax: (705) 253-9245

Brant
Land Registry Office No. 2
Court House
80 Wellington Street
Brantford ON N3T 2L9
Tel: (519) 752-8321
Fax: (519) 752-0273

Bruce
Land Registry Office No. 3
203 Cayley Street PO Box 1690
Walkerton ON N0G 2V0
Tel: (519) 881-2259
Fax: (519) 881-2322

Ottawa-Carleton
Land Registry Office No. 4
Court House
161 Elgin Street 4th Floor
Ottawa ON K2P 2K1
Tel: (613) 239-1230
Fax: (613) 239-1422

Cochrane
Land Registry Office No. 6
143-4th Avenue (Court House)
PO Box 580
Cochrane ON P0L 1C0
Tel: (705) 272-5791
Fax: (705) 272-2951

Dufferin
Land Registry Office No. 7
41 Broadway Avenue, Unit #7
Orangeville ON L9W 1J7
Tel: (519) 941-1481
Fax: (519) 941-6444

Dundas
Land Registry Office No.8
8 - 5th Street West, PO Box 645
Morrisburg ON K0C 1X0
Tel: (613) 543-2583
Fax: (613) 543-4541

Elgin
Land Registry Office No. 11
1010 Talbot Street, Unit 36
St. Thomas, ON N5P 4N2
Tel: (519) 631-3015
Fax: (519) 631-8182

Essex
Land Registry Office No. 12
949 McDougall St., Suite 100
Windsor ON N9A 1L9
Tel: (519) 971-9980
Fax: (519) 971-9937

Frontenac
Land Registry Office No. 13
1 Court Street Kingston ON K7L 2N4
Tel: (613) 548-6767
Fax: (613) 548-6766

Glengarry
Land Registry Office No. 14
63 Kenyon Street West
PO Box 668
Alexandria ON K0C 1A0
Tel: (613) 525-1315
Fax: (613) 525-0509

Grenville
Land Registry Office No. 15
499 Centre Street
P.O. Box 1660
Prescott ON K0E 1T0
Tel: (613) 925-3177
Fax: (613) 925-0302

Grey
Land Registry Office No. 16
1555 - 16th Street East, Suites 1 and 2
Owen Sound ON N4K 5N3
Tel: (519) 376-1637
Fax: (519) 376 1639

Haldimand
Land Registry Office No. 18
10 Echo Street West
PO Box 310
Cayuga ON N0A 1E0
Tel: (905) 772-3531
Fax: (905) 772-0105

Haliburton
Land Registry Office No. 19
12 Newcastle Street
Box 270
Minden ON K0M 2K0
Tel: (705) 286-1391
Fax: (705) 286-4324

Halton
Land Registry Office No. 20
2800 Highpoint Drive, 2nd Floor
Milton ON L9T 6P4
Tel: (905) 864-3500
Fax: (905) 864-3549

Hastings
Land Registry Office No. 21
199 Front Street, Suite 109 Century Place
Belleville ON K8N 5H5
Tel: (613) 968-4597
Fax: (613) 968-3606

Huron
Land Registry Office No. 22
38 North Street
Goderich ON N7A 2T4
Tel: (519) 524-9562
Fax: (519) 524-2482

Kenora
Land Registry Office No. 23
220 Main Street South
Kenora ON P9N 1T2
Tel: (807) 468-2794
Fax: (807) 468-2796

Kent
Land Registry Office No. 24
40 William Street North
Chatham ON N7M 4L2
Tel: (519) 352-5520
Fax: (519) 352-3222

Lambton
Land Registry Office No. 25
Court House
700 Christina Street North, Suite 102
Sarnia ON N7V 3C2
Tel: (519) 337-2393
Fax: (519) 337-8371

Lanark
Land Registry Office No. 27
2 Industrial Drive
P.O. Box 1180
Almonte ON K0A 1A0
Tel: (613) 256-1577
Fax: (613) 256-0940

Leeds
Land Registry Office No. 28
7 King St. West
Brockville ON K6V 3P7
Tel: (613) 345-5751
Fax: (613) 345-7390

Lennox
Land Registry Office No. 29
7 Snow Road, Unit #2
Napanee ON K7R OA2
Tel: (613) 354-3751
Fax: (613) 354-1474

Niagara North & South
Land Registry Office No. 30 (North) and No. 59 (South)
59 Church Street
St. Catharines ON L2R 3C3
Tel: (905) 684-6351
Fax: (905) 684-5874

Manitoulin
Land Registry Office No. 31
27 Phipps Street
P.O. Box 619
Gore Bay ON P0P 1H0
Tel: (705) 282-2442
Fax: (705) 282-2131

Middlesex
Land Registry Office No. 33
100 Dundas Street, Ground Floor,
London ON N6A 5B6
Tel: (519) 675-7600
Fax: (519) 675-7611

Muskoka
Land Registry Office No. 35
15 Dominion Street, Bracebridge ON P1L 2E7
Tel: (705) 645-4415
Fax: (705) 645-7826

Nipissing
Land Registry Office No. 36
Court House
360 Plouffe Street, North Bay ON P1B 9L5
Tel: (705) 474-2270
Fax: (705) 495-8511

Norfolk
Land Registry Office No. 37
Court House
50 Frederick Hobson VC Drive, Suite 201
Simcoe ON N3Y 4K8
Tel: (519) 426-2216
Fax: (519) 426-9627

Northumberland
Land Registry Office No. 39
1005 Elgin St. West, Suite 105 Cobourg ON K9A 5J4
Tel: (905) 372-3813
Fax: (905) 372-4758

Durham
Land Registry Office No. 40
590 Rossland Road East Whitby ON L1N 9G5
Tel: (905) 665-4007
Fax: (905) 665-5247

Oxford
Land Registry Office No. 41
75 Graham Street Woodstock ON N4S 6J8
Tel: (519) 537-6287
Fax: (519) 537-3107

Parry Sound
Land Registry Office No. 42
28 Miller Street Parry Sound ON P2A 1T1
Tel: (705) 746-5816
Fax: (705) 746-6517

Peel
Land Registry Office No. 43
7765 Hurontario Street Brampton ON L6W 4S8
Tel: (905) 874-4008
Fax: (905) 874-4012

Perth
Land Registry Office No. 44
5 Huron Street Stratford ON N5A 5S4
Tel: (519) 271-3343
Fax: (519) 271-2550

Peterborough
Land Registry Office No. 45
300 Water Street, 2nd Floor
P.O. Box 7000
Peterborough ON K9J 8M5
Tel: (705) 755-1342
Fax: (705) 755 1343

Prescott
Land Registry Office No. 46
179 Main Street East Hawkesbury ON K6A 1A1
Tel: (613) 636-0314
Fax: (613) 636-0772

Prince Edward
Land Registry Office No. 47
1 Pitt Street
PO Box 1310
Picton ON K0K 2T0
Tel: (613) 476-3219
Fax: (613) 476-7908

Rainy River
Land Registry Office No. 48
353 Church Street Fort Frances ON P9A 1C9
Tel: (807) 274-5451
Fax: (807) 274-1704

Renfrew
Land Registry Office No. 49
400 Pembroke Street East Pembroke ON K8A 3K8
Tel: (613) 732-8331
Fax: (613) 732-0297

Russell
Land Registry Office No. 50
1122 Concession Street
PO Box 10
Russell ON K4R 1C8
Tel: (613) 445-2138
Fax: (613) 445-0614

Simcoe
Land Registry Office No. 51
Court House
114 Worsley Street Barrie ON L4M 1M1
Tel: (705) 725-7232
Fax: (705) 725-7246

Stormont
Land Registry Office No. 52
127 Sydney Street Cornwall ON K6H 3H1
Tel: (613) 932-4522
Fax: (613) 932-4524

Sudbury
Land Registry Office No. 53
199 Larch, Street Suite 301 Sudbury ON P3E 5P9
Tel: (705) 564-4300
Fax: (705) 564-4148

Timiskaming
Land Registry Office No.54
375 Main Street
PO Box 159
Haileybury ON P0J 1K0
Tel: (705) 672-3332
Fax: (705) 672-3906

Thunder Bay
Land Registry Office No. 55
189 Red River Road, Suite 201 Thunder Bay ON P7B 1A2
Tel: (807) 343-7436
Fax: (807) 343-7439

Victoria
Land Registry Office No. 57
Provincial Court Building
440 Kent Street West Lindsay ON K9V 6G8
Tel: (705) 324-4912
Fax: (705) 324-6290

Waterloo
Land Registry Office No. 58
30 Duke Street West, 2nd Floor Kitchener ON N2H 3W5
Tel: (519) 571-6043
Fax: (519) 571-6067

Wellington
Land Registry Office No. 61
1 Stone Road West Guelph ON N1G 4Y2
Tel: (519) 826-3372
Fax: (519) 826-3373

Wentworth
Land Registry Office No. 62
119 King Street West 4th Floor
Hamilton ON L8P 4Y7
Tel: (905) 521-7561
Fax: (905) 521-7505

York Region
Land Registry Office No. 65
50 Bloomington Road, 3rd Floor
Aurora, ON L4G 0L8
Tel: 905-713-7798
Fax: 905-713-7799

Toronto
Land Registry Office No. 64 & 66
20 Dundas Street West, Suite 420
Toronto ON M5G 2C2
Tel: (416) 314-4430
Fax: (416)314-4453

For information about birth, marriage and death records available though the Archives of Ontario, check this article Civil Registration Records Held By The Archives Of Ontario.

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