Types of Land Registry Records
Abstract Indexes to Deeds
Abstract Indexes to Deeds provide a history for each piece of land, including changes in ownership and other transactions over the years. They are not searchable by surname—you must know the location of the property. Sometimes you can find the address by searching for the family in a city directory or 1878 county atlas. For rural areas, the abstract indexes are organized by lot number and concession. For urban areas, they are organized by town lot.
Instruments are records (deeds, mortgages, liens, quit claims, wills, etc.) which affect legal title to land.
Copy Books contain duplicates of the records. They were written by hand; they served the same function as photocopiers and scanners do today.
How to Find Land Registry Documents for Frontenac County
For all townships and former townships except Kingston Township and Pittsburgh Township, the land records are kept at the Fairmount Home in Glenburnie. Contact the County of Frontenac offices before you visit, to let them know you want to see the land registry records.
How to Find Land Registry Documents for City of Kingston, Kingston Township and Pittsburgh Township
Consult the book Ontario Land Registry Records for Kingston, Ontario, Canada, by Steve Vollick and Paul Woodrow.
Visit the Queen's University Archives to view the microfilm reels containing the Abstract Indices and the Land Registry Copy Books (1797 – mid-1950s).
The instruments (11 file cabinets of original deeds, papers, etc.) are currently unavailable. When the Kingston Land Registry Office closed in 2011, these file cabinets were transferred to the Cataraqui Archaeolgical Research Foundation (CARF). When CARF closed in August 2013, the documents were transferred to Queen's University Archives, then to the Ontario Ministry of Government Services.
They are currently unavailable to the public. Instead, consult the Land Registry Copy Books at Queen's University Archives.
Records created prior to 1858 are at the Archives of Ontario in Toronto. Copies of most are also available on microfilm at the Queen's University Archives. Consult their research guides and pathfinders before you go.
An inventory (sometimes called the APOLROD Index) to post-1858 abstract indexes, instruments and other land documents from the City of Kingston and Frontenac County