RESOURCES | onLand+ Land Registry
Searching for residential details of ancestors residing in Ontario, Canada? When the Township / Concession / Lot locations are already known, search Land Records here at onLand.
In 2018 Service Ontario announced its project making available online the Ontario early land record ‘History Books’. Land Registry Offices closed for public search services in 2020.
It is required to know the historical County, Township and Concession location to search the Abstract Index of Deeds.
Access OnLand from this Website
At any Township page, access OnLand from the link in the left sidebar called ‘Land Registry’.
Arriving at the County index for ‘Historical Books’, immediately select the Township from the drop-down manu.
Enter the name of an historical Ontario COUNTY. Counties are expressed as ALL-CAPS.
Bottom right, select ‘Historical Books’ and Search…
From Book Category, select ‘Abstract/Parcel Register Book’
Abstract Index books for the entire county appear in the list. In the top-right corner, filter by Township.
Some land parcels may be filed under the names of towns / municipalities.
In this township, only one historical book is available. The Concession A and B are located on either side of the north-bouund Nipissing Road, and Concessions 1 to 14 are the grid of Concessions and Lots of the remainder of the township.
When viewing maps, Concessions are indicated by Roman numerals.
Abstract Index Books
The Ontario Land Abstract Index books can be viewed at both onLand and FamilySearch. Once details of registration are recorded from the indexes, the documents can often be found in the FamilySearch catalog of County Land Records and General Registers (Probate).
See RESOURCES | FamilySearch Land Records
Be Sure of Land Parcel Descriptions
As found in a directory or census, a concession / block might be coded such as ‘NBTR’. The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources has a township-navigator as part of its arcGIS mapping utility. See instructions .
Example shown for Southwold Township.
Ken McKinlay’s ‘Finding On the Ground’ series:
A Land Records Challenge
Finding A Rural Route Address in Ontario
Then and Now in Ontario
Finding an Ontario Concession/Lot on a Map
Ordering from OnLand