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Check Local Resources - For Properties

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Land Patent Book
Land Patent Book
Nottawasaga Township

Patents

Once the requirements for fully acquiring a property were fulfilled a grant was issued by the government. The Patent Book for Simcoe County lists the concessions and lots for each township, the name of the person or organization to whom the patent was given, and the date when it was issued.

Wm. Gibbard's Survey of Collingwood
Wm. Gibbard's
Survey of Collingwood

Maps and Plans

Maps can show how an area was developed over time. Original surveys can show what was planned for a town site (whether or not a plan was realized is another issue).

Tax Assessment Rolls

Tax rolls were completed annually and included valuations of real property. By going through the rolls you can see the usual pattern of increases and note sudden spikes in the property value. This may suggest that something happened on the property (the construction of a home, the erection of driving shed or barn), especially if it occurs at the same time as record of loan or sale was registered at the Land Registry Office. The Simcoe County Archives’ main collection of tax assessment rolls begins in 1858. Search our database to see a catalogue of our holdings.

Local Architecture Conservation Advisory Committees / Local Heritage Committees

Local Architecture Conservation Advisory Committees / Local Heritage Committees have been established in many communities. Contact your municipal office to find out if such a committee exists for your locality and, if one does, what records it has available for public research. The Collingwood Public Library holds the “Historical and Architectural Inventory of Collingwood;” a project sponsored byz the Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee of Collingwood in 1978.