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OGS/Dundurn Publications

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Inheritance in OntarioInheritance in Ontario – Wills and Other Records for Family Historians by Jane E. MacNamara

Jane E. MacNamara


Whether your ancestor left hundreds of acres of land, money or a few modest belongings, the records created when those legacies were distributed can provide valuable clues to family connections, relationships, and just how your ancestors lived.

Inheritance in Ontario will help you determine whether your relative’s will was proved in the Court of Probate, surrogate courts, or another court, and navigate the finding aids to locate surviving estate files and other complementary records at the Archives of Ontario, local courthouse or archives, or through Not every Ontario estate was handled by a court, however, and land records, newspapers, and manuscript collections can also help you discover “who got what.”

Jane E. MacNamara is a long-time member of the Ontario Genealogical Society. She teaches and speaks about family history to groups throughout Ontario and is the organizer of the Genealogy Summer Camp, a program attracting out-of-town researchers to Toronto for a week of hands-on research. Jane lives in Toronto and encourages readers to visit her website,

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OGS Publications

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

McCabecoverThe McCabe List – Early Irish in the Ottawa Valley

Bruce S. Elliott, index by DeAlton Owens


‘Lieutenant Colonel By, Commanding Royal Engineer, Rideau Canal. Humbly Sheweth – It is our candid & sincere opinion that the description of Poor in Ireland alluded to would be highly benefited by being sent to Canada on the Conditions proposed; Most of Us have Relatives residing in that Country in impoverished circumstances’

So begins The McCabe List, published with the permission of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, a most important genealogical document on the Ottawa Valley. It provides the signature or mark, county, parish, and townland of origin, number of male and female children, and names and addresses of relatives in the homeland for some 700 mostly Irish families who were in the vicinity of Bytown on 5 February 1829. A richer genealogical goldmine on early Irish immigrants can scarcely be imagined.

The list was discovered by John McCabe, the well-known Belfast genealogist, while researching at the Public Record Office in England. He readily agreed to its publication and the British government granted permission to reproduce it. Bruce Elliott obtained a complete photocopy, transcribed it and wrote the introduction; the index was prepared by DeAlton Owens.

The Ontario Genealogical Society is pleased to once again offer this valuable tool in a new, easy-to-read format. The list should help resolve countless long-standing research deadlocks for those in eastern Ontario and western Quebec with Irish ancestry. Hundreds of familiar Valley names appear.

2002, 86 pages, nominal index

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Profile: Completed OGS Projects: Upper Canada Land Books Index

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

The Upper Canada Land Books record minutes of the meetings of the Land Board’s Executive Council, which were held between the years 1791 and 1847. During this period, the Executive Council had the authority over land granting or selling of crown lands in Upper Canada. Petitioners would have been settlers, military claimants, and Loyalists.

There are 24 Land Books with approximately 72,000 names of Ontario pioneers. The index includes every name located in the records as well as residence, petition number, the location of the land, the Land Book and page number.

The Upper Canada Land Books Indexes are available in CD format and may be purchased through the OGS eStore.

If you would like to view digitized images of the Upper Canada Land Books, they may be found on the website as part of their Héritage Collection. Please note that these images are not indexed.