Upper Canada Sundries, 1766-1841

About the Records

Library and Archives Canada holds the records of the Upper Canada Sundries (RG 5 A1), 1766-1841. This series is part of the Civil Secretary’s Correspondence for Upper Canada and Canada West. It consists of letters, petitions, reports, returns and schedules, certificates, accounts, warrants, legal opinions, instructions and regulations, proclamations and other documents received by the Civil Secretary of Upper Canada, 1791-1841, together with copies of some documents of 1766-1809, made for reference purposes.

As every aspect of Ontario life was covered in the correspondence, there is much to offer for those interested in Ontario’s early history. There is also much material of genealogical interest: character references, land and settler petitions, family histories, licenses, pardons, requests for war losses compensation, etc.

For more information, consult Library and Archive Canada’s description of the records.

How the Records Are Arranged on the Microfilm Reels

The microfilm reels have been digitized and the images appear in the same order as on the microfilm reels. You can browse through the images as you would through a microfilm reel. The records, which are in manuscript, are currently not searchable by name.

The Finding Aid for these records has also been digitized and can be found on Reels C-9822 to C-9825.

Lists of Content of Microfilms

Microfilm Volume Pages Date
C-4502 1-3 1-1052 1766-1804
C-4503 3-5 1053-2124 1804-1806
C-4504 5-7 2125-3174 1806-1808
C-4505 7-10 3175-4127 1808-1809
C-4506 10-12 4128-5141 1809-1810
C-4507 12-15 5142-6200 1810-1812
C-4508 15-16 6201-7022 1812-1814
C-4543 17-20 7023-8494 1813-1814
C-4544 20-23 8495-9860 1814-1815
C-4545 23-25 9861-11283 1815
C-4546 25-27 11284-12652 1815-1816
C-4547 27-30 12653-14072 1816
C-4548 30-32 14073-15052 1816-1817
C-4549 32 15053-15653 1817
C-4600 33-36 15654-17167 1817
C-4601 37-40 17168-18706 1817-1818
C-4602 40-42 18707-20212 1818-1819
C-4603 42-44 20213-21738 1819
C-4604 44-47 21739-23227 1819-1820
C-4605 47-50 23228-24701 1820
C-4606 50-52 24702-26179 1820-1821
C-4607 52-54 26180-27641 1821
C-4608 54-56 27642-29160 1821-1822
C-4609 56-58 29161-30661 1822
C-4610 58-60 30662-32142 1822-1823
C-4611 61-63 32143-33609 1823
C-4612 63-66 33610-35136 1823-1824
C-4613 66-69 35137-36614 1824
C-4614 69-71 36615-38121 1824-1825
C-4615 71-74 38122-39477 1825
C-4616 74-76 39478-40999 1825-1826
C-4617 76-78 41000-42411 1826
C-4618 79 42412-42930 1826
C-6862 80-82 42931-44693 1826-1827
C-6863 82-85 44694-46375 1827
C-6864 85-87 46376-47956 1827-1828
C-6865 87-89 47957-49645 1828
C-6866 90-92 49646-51231 1829
C-6867 92-94 51232-52780 1829
C-6868 94-97 52781-54588 1829
C-6869 97-100 54589-56496 1829-1830
C-6870 100-102 56497-57965 1830
C-6871 102-104 57966-59221 1830
C-6872 105-107 59222-60902 1831
C-6873 107-110 60903-62720 1831
C-6874 110-114 62721-64335 1831-1832
C-6875 115-118 64336-66102 1832
C-6876 118-122 66103-67831 1832
C-6877 123-126 67832-69586 1832-1833
C-6878 126-129 69587-71108 1833
C-6879 129-132 71109-72824 1833
C-6880 132-136 72825-74595 1833
C-6881 136-139 74596-76295 1833-1834
C-6882 140-143 76296-78195 1834
C-6883 143-146 78196-79837 1834
C-6884 146-149 79838-81476 1834-1835
C-6885 149-152 81477-83319 1835
C-6886 152-155 83320-85107 1835
C-6887 155-158 85108-86718 1835
C-6888 159-162 86719-88521 1835-1836
C-6889 162-165 88522-90349 1836
C-6890 165-168 90350-92063 1836
C-6891 168-171 92064-93784 1836
C-6892 172-174 93785-95461 1836-1837
C-6893 174-176 95462-97321 1837
C-6894 177-180 97322-99082 1837
C-6895 180-182 99083-101118 1837
C-6896 182-185 101119-103420 1838
C-6897 185-188 103421-105243 1838
C-6898 189-192 105244-107026 1838
C-6899 192-196 107027-109054 1838
C-6900 196-200 109055-110794 1838
C-6901 200-203 110795-112693 1838
C-6902 204-207 112694-114546 1838
C-6903 208-211 114547-116269 1838
C-6904 211-215 116270-118175 1838-1839
C-6905 215-218 118176-119893 1839
C-6906 218-221 119894-121759 1839
C-6907 222-225 121760-123408 1839
C-6908 225-228 123409-125102 1839
C-6909 229-231 125103-126970 1839
C-6910 232-235 126971-128917 1839
C-6911 235-238 128918-130858 1839-1840
C-6912 239-242 130859-132653 1840
C-6913 243-246 132654-134469 1840
C-6914 247-250 134470-136403 1840
C-6915 251-254 136404-138229 no date
C-6916 254-257 138230-140183 no date
C-6917 257-260 140184-142128 no date
C-6918 261 142129-142536 1841

Step 1:

The Finding Aid (Reels C-9822 to C-9825) for these records has also been digitized and a basic level of searching can be carried out on them. (The finding aid is in typescript, and therefore is a bit more favourable to being “read” by a computer, aiding in keyword searching.) However, if you fail to find a name when searching this way, you may also wish to conduct your own “old-fashioned” way of searching—going through the finding aid page by page.

As this finding aid is quite voluminous, it was divided in parts and may have some gaps. If you find a record that you are interested in, note the author, recipient, content, date and the page numbers.

Pages 1-14231, n.d. to 1816 (http://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf001/p000002176.pdf)

Pages 14233-54782, 1817 to 1829 (http://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf001/p000002177.pdf)

Pages 20070-37925, 1819 to 1825 (http://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf001/p000002178.pdf)

Pages 37972-46821, 1825 to Oct. 13 1827 (http://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf001/p000002179.pdf)

Pages 56950-582561, July 1830 to 21 October 1830; pages 58257-59221, 22 October 1830 to December 1830; pages 65928-68812, June to December 1832; pages 68813-70355, January to April 1833; pages 70356-71985, April to June 1833 (http://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf001/p000002180.pdf)

Pages 59222-61249, January to June 1831 (http://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf001/p000002181.pdf)

Pages 61250-63503, 1 July 1831 to December 1831 and a few for 1832; pages 63504-65927, January to 30 June 1832 (http://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf001/p000002182.pdf)

Pages 71986-74773, June to December 1833 (http://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf001/p000002183.pdf)

Pages 74774-84669, January 1834 to June 1835 (http://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf001/p000002184.pdf)

Pages 84670-91641, July to end of 1835 (http://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf001/p000002185.pdf)

Pages 91686-95072, July 1836 to December 1836; pages 95073-100326, January to December 1837 (http://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf001/p000002186.pdf)

Pages 100327-109829, January 1838 to June 1838 (http://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf001/p000002187.pdf)

Pages 114221-115803, October 1838 to 27 November 1838 (http://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf001/p000002188.pdf)

Pages 115804-116999, 27 November 1838 to December 1838 (http://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf001/p000002189.pdf)

Pages 117053-120391, January to March 1838 (http://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf001/p000002190.pdf)

Pages 120392-122706, April to June 1839 (http://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf001/p000002191.pdf)

Pages 122707-125773, July 1839 to September 1839 (http://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf001/p000002192.pdf)

Pages 125774-129279, October 1839 to December 1839 (http://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf001/p000002193.pdf)

References to land petitions in the Upper Canada Sundries can be found in the Upper Canada Land Petitions database.

There is also a partial online nominal index available at www.uppercanadagenealogy.com/indexes.html.

Step 2:

Once you have found a reference of interest to you, consult the list of content of microfilms posted above. It allows you to identify on which reel you will find the pages of interest to you.

Other Resources

Merriman, Brenda Dougall. Genealogy in Ontario: Searching the records, 4th ed. Toronto: Ontario Genealogical Society, 2008.

Moorman, David. The first business of government: the land granting administration of Upper Canada [PDF 19,827 KB].

Murphy, Sharon L. Researching Canadian Land Records, Heritage Book Series: Book HC22. Toronto: Heritage Productions, 2001.