Microfilm Interloan Service

Elgin County Surrogate Court Records


Surrogate Court Records Available on Interloan

To View the Microfilm


Use the listings below to identify the reel of microfilm that contains the information that you need. You may then:

  • Consult the appropriate reel at our reading room 134 Ian Macdonald Blvd., Toronto, Ontario M7A 2C5

or

  • Borrow the reel through the Interlibrary Loan Department of your public library. Quote GS 1, GS 2 or MS 887 and the appropriate reel #. These reels cannot leave the borrowing library, so make sure to request them from a library that has a microfilm reader.

or

  • Purchase the appropriate microfilm reel directly from the Archives of Ontario. Quote GS 1, GS 2 or MS 887 and the appropriate reel #. For purchasing details, write the Archives of Ontario, 134 Ian Macdonald Blvd., Toronto, Ontario M7A 2C5 (put "Attention: Customer Services - Micrographics" on the envelope), telephone 416-327-1600 (call toll-free 1-800-668-9933 in Ontario only), fax 416-327-1999, or email reference@ontario.ca. For pricing information consult Customer Service Guide 105: Reproduction Services and Fees - Word, PDF.

Indexes - 1854 to 1966


The Indexes are organized by surname initial, then by the date that the deceased's estate was dispersed. Most indexes will provide the number of the deceased's estate file. However, some indexes will only list the register and page number where the estate file number is recorded (in these cases, you must next order the appropriate register for the date when the deceased's estate was probated).

In the table below, determine the reel of microfilm that you need and note the Microfilm Reference code. Please note that many estates were not dispersed until the spouse had died. Once you have the microfilm, search for the name alphabetically, then record the estate file number found in the NUMBER column to the left of the name (this should be a duplicate of the NCB number).

  • 1850-1858 Use RG 22 Appendix A25 instead of the index.

  • 1858-1930 Use the File Number in the NUMBER column.

Once you have the number, go to Estate Files to determine what microfilm to order to see the estate file.

Indexes - 1854-1966

Indexes Year(s) Archives of Ontario
Microfilm Reference
Number
Indexes 1854-1966 GS 2, Reel 28

Registers - 1859 to 1901


The registers, also known as Probate and Administration books, contain the courthouse's copy of the grants of Letters of Probate (for estates with wills) and of Administration (for estates without wills). Information about registers is normally only included in this list if they serve as the only index to the estate file or if they contain the only copy of the wills.

In the table below, identify the volume that covers the time period relevant to your search and note the Microfilm Reference code. Once you have received the microfilm, look up the relevant entry using the volume and page number found in the index.

Once you have the number, go to Estate Files to determine what microfilm to order to see the estate file.

Registers - 1859 to 1901

Registers Year(s) Archives of Ontario
Microfilm Reference
Number
Vol. A-C (1-913) 1859-1881 GS 2, Reel 29
Vol. D-E (914-1679) 1881-1890 GS 2, Reel 30
Vol. F-G (1682-2209) 1890-1894 GS 2, Reel 31
Vol. H-I (2215-1789) 1894-1898 GS 2, Reel 32
Vol. J (2790-3090) 1898-1901 GS 2, Reel 33

Estate Files - 1854 to 1930


Estate files contain all the documents needed to grant Letters Probate or Letters of Administration, including the petition for probate or administration, the original signed Will, oaths of executors or administrators, tally of assets, and related evidence.

In the table below, identify the microfilm which covers the time period and estate file number relevant to your search. Use the indexes to determine the estate file number. Order the appropriate microfilm, citing the Microfilm Reference code. Once you have the microfilm, look for the estate file number, which usually appears at the beginning of each file on the docket wrapper, and may appear elsewhere throughout the file.

Estate Files - 1854 to 1930

Estate Files Year(s) Archives of Ontario
Microfilm Reference
Number
(Old Series) 1-54 1854-1858 GS 1, Reel 79,80
(New Series) 1-103 1859-1863 GS 1, Reel 80
104-228 1864-1868 GS 1, Reel 81
229-352 (230 missing) 1868-1871 GS 1, Reel 82
353-484 1871-1874 GS 1, Reel 83
485-610 1874-1876 GS 1, Reel 84
611-717 1876-1878 GS 1, Reel 85
718-828 1878-1879 GS 1, Reel 86
829-938 1879-1881 GS 1, Reel 87
939-1046 1881-1883 GS 1, Reel 88
1047-1156 1883-1884 GS 1, Reel 89
1157-1260 1884-1885 GS 1, Reel 90
1261-1369 1885-1887 GS 1, Reel 91
1370-1474 1887-1888 GS 1, Reel 92
1475-1579 1888-1889 GS 1, Reel 93
1580-1684 1889-1890 GS 1, Reel 94
1685-1789 1890 GS 1, Reel 95
1790-1888 1890-1891 GS 1, Reel 96
1889-1989 1891-1892 GS 1, Reel 97
1990-2077 1892-1893 GS 1, Reel 98
2078-2163 1893 GS 1, Reel 99
2164-2255 1893-1894 GS 1, Reel 100
2256-2339 1894-1895 GS 1, Reel 101
2340-2428 1895 GS 1, Reel 102
2429-2515 1895-1896 GS 1, Reel 103
2516-2602 1896-1897 GS 1, Reel 104
2603-2689 1897 GS 1, Reel 105
2690-2782 1897-1898 GS 1, Reel 106
2783-2872 1898-1899 GS 1, Reel 107
2873-2966 1899-1900 GS 1, Reel 108
2967-3060 1900 GS 1, Reel 109
3061-3141 1901 MS 887, Reel 401
3142-3225 1901-1902 MS 887, Reel 402
3226-3335 (3257, 3280 missing) 1902 MS 887, Reel 403
3336-3411 1902-1903 MS 887, Reel 404
3412-3489 1903-1904 MS 887, Reel 405
3490-3577 1904 MS 887, Reel 406
3578-3667 1904-1905 MS 887, Reel 407
3668-3748 1905 MS 887, Reel 408
3749-3835 1905-1906 MS 887, Reel 409
3836-3924 1906 MS 887, Reel 410
3922-4005 1906-1907 MS 887, Reel 411
4006-5008 1907 MS 887, Reel 412
5009-5111 1907-1908 MS 887, Reel 413
5112-5212 1908 MS 887, Reel 414
5213-5311 1908-1909 MS 887, Reel 415
5312-5406 1909 MS 887, Reel 416
5407-5494 1909-1910 MS 887, Reel 417
5495-5565 1910 MS 887, Reel 418
5566-5653 1910-1911 MS 887, Reel 419
5654-5742 1911 MS 887, Reel 420
5743-5834 1911-1912 MS 887, Reel 421
5835-5934 1912 MS 887, Reel 422
5935-6032 1912-1913 MS 887, Reel 423
6033-6122 1913 MS 887, Reel 424
6123-6218 1913-1914 MS 887, Reel 425
6219-6316 1914 MS 887, Reel 426
6317-6407 1914-1915 MS 887, Reel 427
6408-6491 1915 MS 887, Reel 428
6492-6579 1915-1916 MS 887, Reel 429
6580-6665 1916 MS 887, Reel 430
6666-6758 1916-1917 MS 887, Reel 431
6759-6867 1917 MS 887, Reel 432
6868-6963 1917-1918 MS 887, Reel 433
6964-7066 1918 MS 887, Reel 434
7067-7162 1918-1919 MS 887, Reel 435
7163-7262 1919 MS 887, Reel 436
7263-7354 1919 MS 887, Reel 437
7355-7457 1919-1920 MS 887, Reel 438
7455-7556 1920 MS 887, Reel 439
7557-7650 1920-1921 MS 887, Reel 440
7651-7744 1921 MS 887, Reel 441
7745-7829 1921-1922 MS 887, Reel 442
7830-7929 1922 MS 887, Reel 443
7930-8013 1922 MS 887, Reel 444
8014-8124 1922-1923 MS 887, Reel 445
8125-8239 1923 MS 887, Reel 446
8240-8354 1923-1924 MS 887, Reel 447
8355-8418 1924 MS 887, Reel 448
8419-8532 1924-1925 MS 887, Reel 449
8533-8645 1925 MS 887, Reel 450
8646-8756 1925-1926 MS 887, Reel 451
8757-8869 1926 MS 887, Reel 452
8870-8984 1926-1927 MS 887, Reel 453
8985-9094 1927 MS 887, Reel 454
9095-9204 1927-1928 MS 887, Reel 456
9205-9290 1928 MS 887, Reel 457
9291-9380 1928 MS 887, Reel 458
9381-9479 1928-1929 MS 887, Reel 459
9480-9576 1929 MS 887, Reel 460
9577-9601 1929 MS 887, Reel 461
9602-9699 1929 MS 887, Reel 462
9700-9795 1930 MS 887, Reel 463
9796-9892 1930 MS 887, Reel 464
9893-9943 1930 MS 887, Reel 465

Estate Files - 1931-1970


Estate Files processed between 1931 and 1970 are with the Archives of Ontario; they have not yet been microfilmed. To order a copy of all or part of an estate file please contact us with: the estate file number; year; name of county/district; and name of the deceased. Please include: your name; address; telephone number; and a brief description of what documents you would like copied (eg. the entire file, only the will, etc.). Also, please indicate if you need the copies to be certified.


Archives of Ontario
134 Ian Macdonald Blvd.
Toronto, Ontario
M7A 2C5
reference@ontario.ca

For details on photocopy charges, please see our Customer Service Guide 105: Reproduction Services and Fees - Word, PDF .

Estate files - after 1970


The estate files processed after 1970 have not yet been transferred to the Archives of Ontario. You must contact the courthouse listed below which originally dealt with that court matter.


Superior Court of Justice - Estates Division
70 Wellington Street
Brantford, Ontario
N3T 2L9
519-752-7828

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