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Death Finds a Way: A Janie Riley Mystery by Lorine McGinnis Schulze
Janie Riley is an avid genealogist with a habit of stumbling on to dead bodies. She and her husband head to Salt Lake City Utah to research Janie's elusive 4th great-grandmother. But her search into the past leads her to a dark secret. Can she solve the mysteries of the past and the present before disaster strikes? Available now on Amazon.com and and Amazon.ca
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Death Finds a Way: A Janie Riley Mystery
by Lorine McGinnis Schulze
Janie Riley is an avid genealogist with a habit of stumbling on to dead bodies. She and her husband head to Salt Lake City Utah to research Janie's elusive 4th great-grandmother. But her search into the past leads her to a dark secret. Can she solve the mysteries of the past and the present before disaster strikes? Available now on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca
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Abstract Indexes to Deeds to Land in Upper Canada (Canada West, Ontario)
Ontario Land Records
Genealogy in Ontario: Searching the records by Brenda Dougall Merriman
Abstract Indexes to DeedsThe Abstract Indexes to Deeds are the indexed record of every transaction on a plot of land from Crown ownership to the present day. Abstract Indexes were created 1865-1866 according to new legislation and were retroactive to the patent on a property, meaning they went back to when the land was first owned by the Crown before it was sold or granted to individuals.
Using the Abstract Indexes to Deeds you can check for every instance of your name of interest on that parcel of land. By referring to the date and Instrument Number found with each transaction, you can look up the complete record. You may find a will (Many wills are filed in the Land Records Offices) or other important genealogical information or document.
See the example and explanation of the Abstract Indexes to Deeds for Concession 4, Lot 12, Puslinch Township, Wellington County Ontario. Click on image for larger graphic.
Looking at the second from the bottom entry dated 1904 you can see a list of the children of Frederick Broeckel and a notation that he is deceased. If you did not know when Frederick Broeckel died, or the names of his children, this would be a very nice genealogy find. Once you have found that enty in the Abstract Index to Deeds, you can order the full record to see what other genealogy details might be found. Simply refer to the Book Number, Instrument Number and date to order the full record. In this case it is Book I16, Instrument #8243, 1 May 1904. Notice that there is an earlier entry dated 13 Jan. 1903 for Frederick Broeckel and it is called Probate to Will. Sending for the full record would no doubt include Frederick's will.
Where to Find Abstract Indexes to Deeds
Abstract Indexes to Deeds are arranged by Township and catalogued in the Land, Municipal and Church Records Microfilm section of the Main Reading Room card catalogue of the Ontario Archives
The records of Land Registry Offices (LROs) document transactions relating to privately owned land. The Archives holds the following Land Registry Office records:
In cases where the Land Registry Office has transferred original records to the Archives or to a local institution, the Land Registry Office should have copies of those records on microfilm. You can read about my adventures at our local Land Registry Office, also an explanation of how to search once there at Land Registry Offices - No Need for Fear!
If you would like me to search the Abstracts on your behalf my fee is $50.00 US for a one hour search. You must know the township, lot and concession number where your ancestor owned land. If the search is successful you will received an image of all entries found for your ancestor. You may pay with Paypal, a credit card, or Visa Debit Card using the Paypal button below. Be sure to fill out the Location field with the Lot number, concession, number, township and county where your ancestor settled.
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