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Understanding Ontario’s Crown Land Records

November 9, 2023 @ 7:30 pm
$35 / $30 for OGS members
Understanding Ontario's Crown Land Records @ THREE-SESSION ONLINE COURSE | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

Three-session online course:
7:30 pm to about 9:00 pm
November 9, 16 and 23, 2023
$30 OGS members / $35 non-members

This online course will focus on the process involved in acquiring (or attempting to acquire) land from the Crown in early Upper Canada, and the records that were generated. Understanding the process is key to navigating the complicated but wonderfully rich set of records. An astounding quantity of material from the late 18th and early 19th centuries has survived and is now available free online, on microfilm at the Archives of Ontario, or by interloan. We’ll look at several big indexes to collections at the Archives of Ontario and Library and Archives Canada, and digitized records on FamilySearch, Canadiana, and at LAC.

There will be homework! Please plan on time between classes for a little online reading and to check out some suggested websites. Each session, including discussion, will be recorded and archived for a limited time, but for the most benefit, please try to participate in the live Zoom session. Space is limited. Register early to reserve your spot!


Jane E. MacNamara, Toronto, is the author of Inheritance in Ontario: Wills and other Records for Family Historians (OGS/Dundurn) and writes about genealogy at A long time member of OGS, Jane lectures about research methodology, Ontario, and English family history to genealogical and historical groups throughout southern Ontario. She teaches courses for Toronto Branch OGS, most notably hands-on courses about Ontario records.