This session will explain Ontario Land Registry records and the best way to search them using OnLand and the often superior images digitized on FamilySearch.org.
Since public access to the 54 Land Registry Offices ended in October of 2020, the “virtual” alternative has been OnLand.ca, operated by Teranet. Many of the records we need for historical research have been digitized and are available for free—or for a modest fee. The site is gradually becoming more historian-friendly as Teranet staff begins to understand the very different emphasis in our research. Teams from FamilySearch microfilmed extensive records in Ontario Land Record offices (LROs) as early as the 1960s and again more recently in some offices—preserving records that had seen much less wear and tear than those filmed by the LROs themselves. This session will explain the LRO records, their use, and how to use the LRO and FamilySearch records together for the best—and most economical result.