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 - 1841 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.

  • 1841-1930: Use the File Number in the GRANT column. For 1841-1858 you may wish to consult RG 22 Appendix A25 instead of the index.

  • NOTE: In 1858, the Court stopped at #272 (Old Series) and restarted at #1 (New Series) again.

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

Indexes - 1841 to 1966

Indexes Year(s) Archives of Ontario Microfilm Reference Number
Index 1841-1966 GS 2, Reel 137

Registers - 1853 to 1902


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 - 1853 to 1902

Registers Year(s) Archives of Ontario Microfilm Reference Number
Vol. 1-2 1853-1873 GS 2, Reel 138
Vol. 3-4 1874-1881 GS 2, Reel 139
Vol. 5-6 1881-1887 GS 2, Reel 140
Vol. 7-8 1887-1893 GS 2, Reel 141
Vol. 9 1893-1896 GS 2, Reel 142
Vol. 10 1896-1899 GS 2, Reel 143
Vol. 11 1899-1902 GS 2, Reel 144


Estate Files - 1841 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 - 1841 to 1930

Estate Files Year(s) Archives of Ontario Microfilm Reference Number
[Old Series]
1-159 1841-1853 GS 1, Reel 116
160-272 1853-1858 GS 1, Reel 117
[New Series]
1-65 (28 missing) 1858-1861 GS 1, Reel 117
66-197 1860-1865 GS 1, Reel 118
198-338 1865-1868 GS 1, Reel 119
339-476 1868-1872 GS 1, Reel 120
477-610 1872-1874 GS 1, Reel 121
611-739 1874-1875 GS 1, Reel 122
740-859 1876-1877 GS 1, Reel 123
860-987 1877-1879 GS 1, Reel 124
988-1113 1879-1881 GS 1, Reel 125
1114-1234 1881-1882 GS 1, Reel 126
1235-1300 1882-1883 GS 1, Reel 127A
1301-1407 1883-1884 GS 1, Reel 127B
1408-1516 1884-1885 GS 1, Reel 128
1517-1628 1885-1887 GS 1, Reel 129
1627-1737 1887-1888 GS 1, Reel 130
1738-1842 1888 GS 1, Reel 131
1843-1947 1888-1889 GS 1, Reel 132
1948-2054 1889-1890 GS 1, Reel 133
2055-2153 1890-1891 GS 1, Reel 134
2154-2261 1891-1892 GS 1, Reel 135
2262-2353 1892 GS 1, Reel 136
2354-2434 1892-1893 GS 1, Reel 137
2435-2518 1893-1894 GS 1, Reel 138
2519-2608 1894 GS 1, Reel 139
2609-2701 1894-1895 GS 1, Reel 140
2702-2791 1895-1896 GS 1, Reel 141
2792-2886 1896 GS 1, Reel 142
2887-2981 1896-1897 GS 1, Reel 143
2982-3074 1897-1898 GS 1, Reel 144
3075-3160 1898 GS 1, Reel 145
3161-3238 1898-1899 GS 1, Reel 146
3239-3320 1899 GS 1, Reel 147
3321-3407 1899-1900 GS 1, Reel 148
3408-3466 1900 GS 1, Reel 149
3467-3542 1901 MS 887, Reel 1612
3543-3653 1901-1902 MS 887, Reel 1613
3654-3767 1902-1903 MS 887, Reel 1614
3768-3867 1903 MS 887, Reel 1615
3868-3962 1903-1904 MS 887, Reel 1616
3963-4061 1904 MS 887, Reel 1617
4062-4166 1904-1905 MS 887, Reel 1618
4167-4270 1905-1906 MS 887, Reel 1619
4271-4376 1906 MS 887, Reel 1620
4377-4480 1906-1907 MS 887, Reel 1621
4481-4584 1907 MS 887, Reel 1622
4585-4677 1907-1908 MS 887, Reel 1623
4678-4749 1908 MS 887, Reel 1624
4750-4852 1908-1909 MS 887, Reel 1625
4853-4950 1909-1910 MS 887, Reel 1626
4951-5056 1910 MS 887, Reel 1627
5057-5147 1910-1911 MS 887, Reel 1628
5148-5251 1911 MS 887, Reel 1629
5252-5351 1911-1912 MS 887, Reel 1630
5352-5458 1912 MS 887, Reel 1631
5459-5552 1912-1913 MS 887, Reel 1632
5553-5644 1913 MS 887, Reel 1633
5645-5747 1913-1914 MS 887, Reel 1634
5748-5837 1914 MS 887, Reel 1635
5838-5924 1914-1915 MS 887, Reel 1636
5925-6014 1915 MS 887, Reel 1637
6015-6118 1915-1916 MS 887, Reel 1638
6119-6214 1916 MS 887, Reel 1639
6215-6354 1916-1917 MS 887, Reel 1640
6355-6437 1917 MS 887, Reel 1641
6530-6625 1918 MS 887, Reel 1643
6626-6723 1918-1919 MS 887, Reel 1644
6724-6797 1919 MS 887, Reel 1645
6798-6912 1919 MS 887, Reel 1646
6913-7003 1919-1920 MS 887, Reel 1647
7004-7101 1920 MS 887, Reel 1648
7102-7200 1920 MS 887, Reel 1649
7201-7294 1920-1921 MS 887, Reel 1650
7295-7393 1921 MS 887, Reel 1651
7394-7463 1921-1922 MS 887, Reel 1652
7565-7669 1922 MS 887, Reel 1654
7670-7775 1922-1923 MS 887, Reel 1655
7776-7871 1923 MS 887, Reel 1656
7872-7971 1923-1924 MS 887, Reel 1657
7972-8073 1924 MS 887, Reel 1658
8074-8170 1924-1925 MS 887, Reel 1659
8171-8264 1925 MS 887, Reel 1660
8265-8360 1925 MS 887, Reel 1661
8361-8451 1925-1926 MS 887, Reel 1662
8452-8534 1926 MS 887, Reel 1663
8535-8618 1926 MS 887, Reel 1664
8619-8710 1926-1927 MS 887, Reel 1665
8711-8798 1927 MS 887, Reel 1666
8799-8875 1927 MS 887, Reel 1667
8875-8953 1927-1928 MS 887, Reel 1668
8954-9025 1928 MS 887, Reel 1669
9187-9263 1928-1929 MS 887, Reel 1672
9264-9346 1929 MS 887, Reel 1673
9347-9425 1929 MS 887, Reel 1674
9426-9504 1929-1930 MS 887, Reel 1675
9505-9583 1930 MS 887, Reel 1676
9584-9659 1930 MS 887, Reel 1677
9660-9739 1930 MS 887, Reel 1678
9740-9750 1930 MS 887, Reel 1679

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
415 Hunter Street
P.O. Box 70
Woodstock, Ontario
N4S 7W5
519-539-6188

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