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Microfilm Interloan Service

Renfrew 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


  • Borrow the reel through the Interlibrary Loan Department of your public library. Quote the appropriate microfilm reference no. (eg, MS 887 reel 113). 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 the appropriate microfilm reference no. (eg, MS 887 reel 113). 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.

Indexes - 1867 to 1969

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.

  • 1867-c.1881: If only a register number is listed, look up that register and page (e.g. "A115" indicates Register A, page 115). The file number is written in the margin.

  • c.1881-1930: In the index, use the file number in the GRANT column.

  • NOTE: If more than one number is listed, the file number is the 2nd number given (e.g. "181-2505", the estate file is #2505).

  • Russell: See Prescott & Russell

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

Indexes - 1867 to 1969

Indexes Year(s) Archives of Ontario Microfilm Reference Number
Index 1867-1969 GS 2, Reel 174

Registers - 1867 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 - 1867 to 1932

Registers Year(s) Archives of Ontario Microfilm Reference Number
Vol. A 1867-1877 GS 2, Reel 174
Vol. B 1878-1894 GS 2, Reel 175
Vol. C 1895-1903 GS 2, Reel 176
Vol. D, E 1904-1913 MS 6709
Vol. F, G, H 1913-1921 MS 6710
Vol. I, J, K, L 1921-1929 MS 6711
Vol. L (cont'd), M 1929-1932 MS 6712

Estate Files - 1867 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 - 1867 to 1930

Estate Files Year(s) Archives of Ontario Microfilm Reference Number
0001-0038 1867-1871 GS 1, Reel 794A
0039-0146 1872-1881 GS 1, Reel 795
0147-0248 1881-1886 GS 1, Reel 796
0249-0340 (0314-0320 on GS 1, Reel 798) 1886-1889 GS 1, Reel 797
0314-0320 1886-1891 GS 1, Reel 798
0341-0425 1886-1891 GS 1, Reel 798
0426-0575 1891-1892 GS 1, Reel 799
0518-0569 1892-1893 GS 1, Reel 800
0570-0655 1893-1895 GS 1, Reel 801
0656-0740 1895-1896 GS 1, Reel 802
0741-0830 1896-1898 GS 1, Reel 803
0831-0919 1898-1900 GS 1, Reel 804
0920-0930 1900 GS 1, Reel 805
931-1081 (missing 1040) 1901-1903 MS 1279
1082-1200 1903-1905 MS 1280
1201-1324 1905-1907 MS 1281
1325-1449 (missing 1365) 1907-1908 MS 1283
1450-1567 1908-1910 MS 1284
1568-1686 1910-1911 MS 1285
1687-1794 1911-1913 MS 1286
1795-1900 1913-1914 MS 1287
1901-2023 1914-1915 MS 1304
2024-2133 1915-1917 MS 1305
2134-2235 1917-1918 MS 1306
2236-2351 1918-1919 MS 1307
2352-2458 1919-1920 MS 1308
2459-2569 1920 MS 1309
2570-2677 1920-1922 MS 1310
2678-2792 1922-1923 MS 1311
2793-2898 1923 MS 1312
2899-2995 1923-1924 MS 1313
2996-3088 (missing 3006) 1924-1925 MS 1314
3089-3197 1925-1926 MS 1315
3198-3312 1926-1927 MS 1316
3313-3394 1927-1928 MS 1317
3395-3482 1928-1929 MS 1318
3483-3574 1929 MS 1319
3575-3660 1929-1930 MS 1320
3661-3689 1930 MS 1639

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

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
297 Pembroke Street East
Pembroke, Ontario
K8A 3K2

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