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Simcoe County Land Registry Office
Abstract of Title
114 Worsley St, Barrie, ON L4M 1M1https://www.ontario.ca/page/land-registry-offices-lro
The Simcoe County Land Registry Office holds a number of land records useful to property owners, historians, and researchers.
Using the legal description for a property, researchers can obtain the Abstract of Title (Abstract of Conveyances). The Abstract is an index to all of the registered documents pertaining to the property. It gives basic details including the type of document (deed, mortgage, etc.), date, grantor, grantee, and monetary consideration. The left-hand column lists the instrument numbers that were assigned to the documents at the time of registration.
Early historic land registration records have now been digitized and are available through the Ontario Land Registry Access portal OnLand
. In order to use the portal researchers need the following information about the property:
- Name of regional municipality
Example: Simcoe County
- Name of city or township - This may include historic townships
Example: What is now Springwater Township would have included Flos Township and Vespra Township prior to amalgamation in 1994.
- Lot and Concession Numbers
- Plan Number
Microfilmed copies of the original documents are also available at the Simcoe County Land Registry Office. They are filed in order by instrument number, and usually provide a much greater amount of information than is contained on the Abstract.
Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC)
65 Cedar Pointe Dr Unit 800, Barrie, ON L4N 5R7https://www.mpac.ca/
MPAC is responsible for property assessment for the Province. A variety of information is available from the Office, including details about the actual assessment. Also available is a “Primary Structure Report” is available, for a fee, and “includes all data elements in the Parcel report with structure code and description of the primary structure(s), year built, heating type, total floor area, air conditioning, total unfinished basement area, total finished basement area. Sale amount, date for all sales that occurred in the last three years are also included.”
Archives of Ontario
134 Ian MacDonald Blvd, North York, ON M7A 2C5
The Early Land Settlement Records held at the Archives of Ontario
contain various types of records, including petitions, land grants, patents, Township Papers, maps, plans, and surveys. Many of the records are available for interlibrary loan; ask a local archivist or librarian for assistance. The Archives of Ontario has produced a guide to the Early Land Settlement Records
and a guide to using the Ontario Land Records Index