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Cochrane District 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


  • Borrow the reel through the Interlibrary Loan Department of your public library. Quote 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.


  • Purchase the appropriate microfilm reel directly from the Archives of Ontario. Quote 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), or email For pricing information consult Customer Service Guide 105 - Reproduction Services and Fees - Word, PDF.

Indexes - 1859 to 1962

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.

  • 1921 to 1927: Use the GRANT column to the LEFT of the name. This index is by year, not surname.

  • 1928-1952: The Archives has not received the index. For the File Number, contact the Superior Court of Justice Estates Office, 149 Fourth Avenue, Box 638, Cochrane, Ontario, P0L 1C0, 705-272-4256.

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

Indexes - 1859-1962

Indexes Year(s) Archives of Ontario Microfilm Reference Number
Index for#1-1377
Not Alphabetical
No Index pre 1921 or post 1927
1921-1927 MS 887, Reel 58

Estate Files - 1923 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 - 1923-1930

Estate Files Year(s) Archives of Ontario Microfilm Reference Number
1-105 (missing 4, 35, 48, 52, 54) 1923-1925 MS 887, Reel 59
106-236 (missing 123) 1925-1927 MS 887, Reel 60
234-353 (missing 342) 1927-1929 MS 887, Reel 61
354-409 (missing 382) 1929-1930 MS 887, Reel 62
409-459 (missing 431, 449) 1930-1931 MS 887, Reel 63

Estate Files - 1932-1970

Estate Files processed between 1932 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

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
149 Fourth Avenue,
Cochrane, Ontario
P0L 1C0

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