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How to Use the Ontario Land Records Index

Date Range: 

1780 - 1920

Resource Format: 

  • Online


  • Ontario

Record Type: 

  • Land Records

Additional Information: 

The Ontario Land Records Index covers the years from about 1780 -1920, and lists settlers who:

  • requested Crown land on which to homestead,
  • were granted permission to lease or reside on a specific Crown land lot while completing their settlement duties,
  • received the patent awarding private ownership of a specific Crown land lot, or
  • leased or purchased land from the Canada Company or were Peter Robinson settlers.

How to Use the Microfiche

  • the Index is on microfiche (4 x 6" squares of film)
  • it is kept in the Special Collections Room
  • it is in a black index-card box marked Ontario Land Records Index
  • the shelfmark is SPECCOLL 971.371 OLRI
  • The box contains two versions of the index:
    • one index arranged alphabetically by settler’s surname, and
    • one index arranged alphabetically by township. If you know the name of the town but not the township, check the Ontario Locator website.
  • you will also need the 16-page guide How to Use the Ontario Land Records Index to find Kingston-Frontenac Information
  • a copy of this document is in a duotang on the table in the Special Collections Room at the Central Library
  • it is also available as a 16-page pdf document which you can download to your computer (see attachment, below)
  • the document tells you how to interpret the numbers and codes that you will find on the microfiche
  • you are welcome to take the box of microfiche and the duotang to the microfilm machines and view them there
  • please return them to the Information Desk when you are done

Tip: There is also a copy of the Ontario Land Records Index on microfiche in the Lorne Pierce Collection at Queen's University.