Thunder Bay District GenWeb: Land Records

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Land Records

Locations of land records

Where have the land records gone?
APOLROD is the Association for the Preservation of Ontario Land Registry Documents. This site indicates the disposal/dispersal of the Ontario land registry office documents and provides a list of land registry offices.

Land Registry
Thunder Bay Land Registry Office #55
189 Red River Road, 2nd Floor
P.O. Box 2060
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 5E7
807 3433-7436

Quebec Land Grants, 1763 - 1890
Ontario land records before 1792 are held in Quebec as today's Ontario was part of the Province of Quebec until 1792.The Quebec Family History Society (QFHS) has indexed the Quebec land grants for 1763 - 1890. They can be bought as an unbound set or as individual volumes (except IJ, UV, and YZ). See the QFHS publications page for information on ordering.

If you are looking for early records, you can also contact the Ontario Archives:
Archives of Ontario(AO)
77 Grenville Street
Toronto, Ontario M7A 2R9
416 327-1600

Note: Land records are organized by townships, concessions and lots. Early townships were divided into concessions. A BF concession refers to a broken front, i.e., an uneven piece of land along a river or other geographical feature. A Gore may be a leftover piece of land in a township after being surveyed; it is not as wide as a regular concession.

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Relief Land Settlement Scheme (also called Back to the Land Movement)

"The Back to the Land Movement 1932-1935" in Families, Vol. 43, No.1, 2004, pp. 39 - 45
Bruce W. Taylor
ISSN 0030-2945
Consult at: OGSL
According to this article, there were 67 applicants from Port Arthur and 103 from Fort William. Thunder Bay District got 80 of the 782 applicants who were settled in 14 townships.

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Reference materials

A guide to Ontario land registry records (1994)
Ontario Genealogical Society, Toronto
ISBN 0-7779-0184-6

Anglo-Celtic Roots (2002)
"The Use of Land Registry Records for Genealogical Purposes" (part 1) in Vol. 8, No. 5, pp. 132 - 135
Terry Brown and Bob Grainger
ISSN 1201-3702
Consult at: BIFHSGO Library

Anglo-Celtic Roots (2003)
"The Use of Land Registry Records for Genealogical Purposes" (part 2) in Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 29 - 31
Terry Brown and Bob Grainger
ISSN 1201-3702
Consult at: BIFHSGO Library

Canada before Confederation: a study in historical geography (1991)
"The detailed settlement pattern", in Chapter 4 - Ontario; pp. 123 - 130.
R. Cole Harris and John Warkentin, editors
Carleton University Press Inc., Ottawa
ISBN 0-88629-137-2

Index to Land Settlement in Thunder Bay (2005)
Art Gunnell and Susan Smart
Ontario Genealogical Society, Toronto

Index to Upper Canada land books
Susan Smart, editor
Vol. 1 - February 1787 to December 1797 (2005); ISBN 0-7779-2147-2
Vol. 2 - January 1798 to December 1805 (2004); ISBN 0-7779-2140-5
Vol. 3 - January 1806 to December 1816 (2001); ISBN 0-8020-7839-7
Vol. 4 - January 1817 to December 1820 (2001); ISBN 0-7779-2118-9
Vol. 5 - January 1821 to December 1826 (?); ISBN 0-7779-2117-0
Vol. 6 - January 1827 to December 1832 (2002); ISBN 0-7779-2126-X
Vol. 7 - January 1833 to December 1835 (2003); ISBN 0-7779-2132-4
Vol. 8 - January 1836 to December 1838 (2003); ISBN 0-7779-2137-5
Vol. 9 - January 1839 to February 1841 (2004); ISBN 0-7779-2139-1
Ontario Genealogical Society, Toronto

Married women and property law in Victorian Ontario (1997)
Lori Chambers
The Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, Toronto
ISBN 0-8020-7839-7 (paper)

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