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Jane MacNamara

Lots, Concessions, and Landscape: Understanding Ontario Land Registry Records

Ontario land registry records are becoming available in more places than ever before—but for researchers new to these records, words like lot, concession, abstract, and instrument may be confusing. However, they are also crucial to locating a parcel of land and the records of ownership. This workshop will focus on helping you understand how land is divided and identified in Ontario both historically and today. We’ll look at how townships were surveyed, and why there so many variations. What do these variations mean to your research? What happens in a town or a city?

The workshop will also demonstrate sources to help you find your ancestor’s property description and then locate it on a map as well as looking at how you can use the property description to find the records of purchases and other transactions that can add so much to your ancestor’s story.