2018 is the year that Service Ontario announced its project making available all Ontario early land record ‘History Books’, free online.
Until now, such a search required a visit to a regional Land Registry Office or to the Archives of Ontario.
Family historians are just learning about this important resource and wondering as to the extent of records that will be made available by the completion of the project.
At the very least, the indexes should indicate family groups occupying lots in the earliest time periods, or the presence of instruments describing inheritances.
Paint required in Hillsdale, Ontario. Photo credit: Lisa Rance, September 2011
Cozy brick farmhouse tucked against a ridge on Line 8 North. Photo credit: Lisa Rance, February 2015
SIMCOE County | Medonte Township
Christmas decor at historical Bovaird House, built 1852 in Brampton, by baker Peter Chisholm. This Georgian home features a McLaughlin cutter (sleigh), the remnants of an apple orchard, and early commercial baking implements. Photo credit: Lisa Rance, December 2014
Early Octagonal House at 8273 Heritage Road, built about 1854 by Samuel McClure. French double doors are centered in each of the three sides which face the road. On the “commute”? Stop once. Photo credit: Lisa Rance, June 2015
PEEL County | Chinguacousy South Township
Innisfil township overlooks Cook’s Bay on Lake Simcoe – an important historic waterway – Samuel de Champlain came through here as did Sir John Franklin. Photo credit: Lisa Rance, May 2015
One of four heritage-designated buildings in Innisfil, the 1841 Barclay House, the township’s first post office, was destroyed by fire on New Year’s Eve 2014. Photo credit: Lisa Rance, March 2016
SIMCOE County | Innisfil Township
The William Woodruff House, built 1827 at St. Davids “bench” (a sheltered ridge in the Niagara Escarpment). Dismantled in 1969 and moved to three separate owners throughout Ontario, it has been subsequently returned and rebuilt in 2009 at Ravine Vineyards, 1000m from its original location. Photo credit: Lisa Rance, February, 2012
View from the “American side” – the Heights of Queenston, “scaled” by many armies. Photo credit: Lisa Rance, October 2011
LINCOLN County | Niagara Township