The Héritage project is a 10-year initiative to digitize and make accessible online some of Canada’s most popular archival collections encompassing roughly 60 million pages of primary-source documents. Chronicling the country and its people from the 1600s to the mid-1900s, this collection represents a vast and unique resource for Canadian historians, students, and genealogists.
More collections will appear on this portal as they are digitized. Come back often to see what’s new, or get a taste of what’s coming in our catalogue.
1777 — 1854
In 1797, the government of Upper Canada (now Ontario) established the Heir and Devisee Commission. Its purpose was to clarify land titles for settlers on unpatented land. If your ancestor was living in Upper Canada around this time, there is a chance that you might find them referenced in this collection. Records can include: affidavits, bonds, location certificates, powers of attorney, orders-in-council, copies of wills, mortgages, deeds of sale, and testimonial letters. Read more »
February 1787 — February 1841
Early settlers in Upper Canada, now known as Ontario, could apply for ownership of Crown Lands by first submitting a written petition to the government. The Land Committee of the Executive Council of Upper Canada considered these petitions and made a decision of granting or not a Crown land; the record of those decisions are in the minutes, commonly known as the Upper Canada Land Books. In total, over 82,000 petitioners went before the Committee during this period to submit a request for Crown Land. Read more »
1766 — 1841
This series consists of documents received by the Civil Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada (now Ontario) covering the years 1766-1841. The Civil Secretary’s responsibility was to manage the documents, ensuring that they were acknowledged, forwarded to the appropriate person, or filed. The collection includes letters, petitions, reports, applications, returns and schedules, certificates, accounts, warrants, legal opinions, instructions and regulations, and proclamations. Read more »