Microfilm Interloan Service

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 - 1848 to 1968


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.

  • 1829-1858: Files are arranged alphabetically. See microfilm MS 638, reels 30 and 31.

  • 1859-1879: In the indexes, use the File Number in the NUMBER column. If only a Register number is listed, look up that Register and page (e.g. "C115" indicates Register C, page 115). The File Number is written in the margin.

  • 1880-1930: In the indexes, use the File Number in the NUMBER column to the far RIGHT of the name.

Go to Estate Files to determine what microfilm to order to see the estate file.

Indexes - 1848 to 1968

Indexes Year(s) Archives of Ontario Microfilm Reference Number
Index 1848-1968 GS 2, Reel 72

Registers - 1848 to 1932


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.

Registers - 1848 to 1932

Registers Year(s) Archives of Ontario Microfilm Reference Number
Vol. A-C 1848-1871 GS 2, Reel 72
Vol. D-G 1871-1888 GS 2, Reel 73
Vol. H-I 1888-1892 GS 2, Reel 74
Vol. J 1892-1896 GS 2, Reel 75
Vol. K-L 1896-1902 GS 2, Reel 76
Vol. A 1892-1901 MS 887, Reel 1127
Vol. A (cont.) - B 1901-1915 MS 887, Reel 1128
Vol. C - D 1915-1926 MS 887, Reel 1129
Vol. E 1927-1936 MS 887, Reel 1130
Vol. N-O 1906-1914 MS 887, Reel 1097
Vol. O (cont.), P - Q, R 1914-1921 MS 887, Reel 1124
Vol. R(cont.) - S 1921-1926 MS 887, Reel 1125
Vol. T - V 1926-1932 MS 887, Reel 1126
Vol. V(cont.) 1931-1932 MS 887, Reel 1127


Administration Books - 1892-1936


Administration Books - 1892-1936

Administration Book Year(s) Archives of Ontario Microfilm Reference Number
Administration Book A (to page 800 1892-1901 MS 887, Reel 1127
Administration Books A-B 1915-1926 MS 887, Reel 1128
Administration Books C-D 1915-1926 MS 887, Reel 1129
Administration Book E 1927-1936 MS 887, Reel 1130


Estate Files - 1829 to 1905, 1901 to 1930 [sic]


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.

The estate files are arranged in alphabetical order by surname of the deceased for the years 1829-1858. From 1858 onwards the files are in file number order.

Estate Files - 1829 to 1905, 1901 to 1930 [sic]

Estate Files Year(s) Archives of Ontario Microfilm Reference Number
Adams - Lyon 1829-1858 MS 638, Reel 30
McColl -Young 1829-1858 MS 638, Reel 31
0001-0030 1859-1861 GS 2, Reel 77
0030-0110 1861-1865 GS 1, Reel 425
0111-0210 1865-1871 GS 1, Reel 435
0211-0308 1871-1873 GS 1, Reel 436
0309-0407 1874-1877 GS 1, Reel 437
0408-0501 1877-1880 GS 1, Reel 438
0502-0607 1880-1883 GS 1, Reel 439
0608-0708 1884-1886 GS 1, Reel 440
0709-0791 1887-1888 GS 1, Reel 441
0792-0888 1888-1889 GS 1, Reel 442
0889-0978 1889-1890 GS 1, Reel 443
0979-1078 1890-1892 GS 1, Reel 444
1079-1154 1892-1893 GS 1, Reel 445
1155-1240 1893-1894 GS 1, Reel 446
1241-1310 1894-1895 GS 1, Reel 447
1311-1392 1895-1897 GS 1, Reel 448
1393-1484 1897-1898 GS 1, Reel 449
1485-1576 1898-1899 GS 1, Reel 450
1577-1656 1899-1900 GS 1, Reel 451
1657-1671 1900 GS 1, Reel 452
1672-1815 (1730 missing) 1901-1902 MS 887, Reel 892
1815-1921 1902-1904 MS 887, Reel 955
1922-2014 1904-1905 MS 887, Reel 956
2015-2065 1905-1906 MS 887, Reel 957
2066-2109 1906 MS 887, Reel 958
2110-2218 1906-1907 MS 887, Reel 959
2219-2331 1907-1908 MS 887, Reel 960
2332-2439 1908-1909 MS 887, Reel 961
2440-2553 1909-1910 MS 887, Reel 962
2554-2664 1910-1912 MS 887, Reel 963
2665-2776 1912-1913 MS 887, Reel 964
2777-2886 1913-1914 MS 887, Reel 965
2887-3007 1914-1915 MS 887, Reel 966
3008-3077 1915-1916 MS 887, Reel 967
3078-3144 1916 MS 887, Reel 968
3145-3217 1916-1917 MS 887, Reel 969
3218-3332 1917-1918 MS 887, Reel 970
3333-3443 1918-1919 MS 887, Reel 971
3444-3500 1919 MS 887, Reel 972
3501-3545 1919 MS 887, Reel 973
3546-3664 1919-1920 MS 887, Reel 974
3665-3769 1920-1921 MS 887, Reel 975
3770-3883 1921-1922 MS 887, Reel 976
3884-3994 1922-1923 MS 887, Reel 977
3995-4094 1923 MS 887, Reel 978
4095-4211 1923-1924 MS 887, Reel 979
4212-4330 1924-1925 MS 887, Reel 980
4331-4439 1925-1926 MS 887, Reel 981
4440-4552 1926-1927 MS 887, Reel 982
4553-4650 1927 MS 887, Reel 983
4651-4722 1927-1928 MS 887, Reel 984
4723-4818 1928 MS 887, Reel 985
4819-4906 1928-1929 MS 887, Reel 986
4907-5009 1929-1920 MS 887, Reel 987
5010-5089 1930 MS 887, Reel 988
5090-5135 1930 MS 887, Reel 455

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 40 years ago or less 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
43 Drummond Street East
Perth, Ontario
K7H 1G1
613-267-2021

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