York County, Ontario
- 1 Getting Started
- 2 History
- 3 Places/Localities
- 4 Resources
- 4.1 Biographies
- 4.2 Cemeteries
- 4.3 Census Records
- 4.4 Church Records
- 4.5 Court Records
- 4.6 Directories
- 4.7 Genealogy
- 4.8 Land and Property Records
- 4.9 Local Histories
- 4.10 Maps
- 4.11 Military Records
- 4.12 Newspapers & Obituaries
- 4.13 Probate Records
- 4.14 Taxation Records
- 4.15 Vital Records
- 5 Societies and Libraries
- 6 Web Sites
- 7 References
1. What information do you wish to locate about your ancestor? To choose the sources you need to search first, please click on RECORD SELECTION TABLE: Ontario , which will help you decide.
2. From the above Record Selection Table, which sources do you wish to check in this county? To check the availability of your sources of interest as well as to check the websites that have them online, please click on this county's SOURCES LINKS TABLE.
3. Do you know the location that you wish to search in this county? If so, please check for some possible sources and some online information about your location of interest, by clicking on this county's POPULATED PLACES TABLE.
4. For further information regarding your sources of interest, see "4 Resources" ABOVE in the "CONTENTS" table and click on the source of interest.
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At this time, please read about Biographies in the Province of Ontario Resources - Biography.
At this time, please read about Cemeteries in the Province of Ontario Resources - Cemeteries.
At this time, please read about Census Records in the Province of Ontario Resources - Census.
At this time, please read about Church Records in the Province of Ontario Resources - Church Records.
At this time, please read about Court Records in the Province of Ontario Resources - Court Records.
At this time, please read about Directories in the Province of Ontario Resources - Directories.
At this time, please read about Genealogies in the Province of Ontario Resources - Genealogy.
Land and Property Records
At this time, please read about Land and Property Records in the Province of Ontario Resources - Land and Property.
At this time, please read about Local Histories in the Province of Ontario Resources - History.
Read more about Ontario Maps.
At this time, please read about Military Records in the Province of Ontario Resources - Military Records.
Newspapers & Obituaries
At this time, please read about Newspapers and Obituaries in the Province of Ontario Resources - Newspapers.
From 1793 to 1858, two court systems worked side-by-side to handle estate matters in Ontario. The Court of Probate was the superior court and had jurisdiction over estates with real property in more than one District or county. Most York County estate matters were handled locally by the Home District Surrogate Court (until 1849) or the York County Surrogate Court (from 1850 to 1858). Name indexes for the Court of Probate and the Surrogate courts (pre-1859) are available online on the Archives of Ontario's interloan pages. The estate files are available on microfilm from the Archives of Ontario or through the Family History Library. The previously mentioned name index refers to Archives of Ontario film numbers. You'll find a conversion list to GSU film numbers on the Archives' interloan pages.
In 1859, the Court of Probate was abolished, and all estates were handled by the York County Surrogate Court. Semi-alphabetical name indexes (created by the court) and the estate files are available on microfilm at the Archives of Ontario up to 1967. (Many are also available through the Family History Library.) Estate files older than 40 years are also held at the Archives of Ontario. Order a day or two in advance so they can be retrieved from offsite storage. More recent estate files can be obtained from the courthouse for a fee. See the Archives of Ontario's finding aids for current addresses and instructions.
For more information, see Inheritance in Ontario: Wills and Other Records for Family Historians
A searchable version of the 1853 assessment rolls of the City of Toronto are available in Toronto in the 1850s : a transcription of the 1853 tax assessment rolls and guide to family history research.
At this time, please read about Vital Records in the Province of Ontario Resources - Vital Records
Societies and Libraries
For King and Country - A project to transcribe the war memorials in Toronto schools.
Simcoe's Gentry: Toronto Park Lots - The story of Toronto’s Park Lots.