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Amherst Registry of Deeds
Subseries · 1764-1971, predominant 1764-1930
Part of Nova Scotia Registry of Deeds

Subseries forms part of the Cumberland County Registry of Deeds series and consists of 222 land transaction registers, 1764-1930, recording the sale or transfer of land between grantor (seller) and grantee (buyer), mortgage assignments and releases, quit claim deeds and numerous other documents relating to land transactions. The documents recorded in the land transaction registers are transcriptions (the Registry's copy) of the original documents held by grantor and grantee.

Series includes: mortgage registers for the Dominion Building and Loan Association (1896-1901), Nova Scotia Savings Loan and Building Society (1908-1911), Canadian Farm Loan Board (1934-1971); a Partnership Book (1883-1943); and one volume describing the Cumberland Boundaries of School Sections (1847-1903).

Series also includes six Crown Land Grant Books, A to F (with indexes) 1854-1969, which provided a local copy of land grants also recorded at the Crown Lands office.

Series · 1763-1980, predominant 1763-1922
Part of Nova Scotia Registry of Deeds

Series forms part of the Nova Scotia Registry of Deeds fonds and consists of 185 land transaction registers, 1763-1922, recording the sale or transfer of land between grantor (seller) and grantee (buyer), mortgage assignments and releases (including Canadian Farm Loan Board mortgages, 1937-1971), quit claim deeds, and numerous other types of documents relating to land transactions. The documents recorded in the land transaction registers are transcriptions (the Registry's copy) of the original documents held by the grantor and grantee.

Series also includes: Will Books 1-6, 1879-1967, recording wills that affected deeded land or mortgages; Lease Books 1-4, ca. 1927-1973; Judgment Books 12 and 13, 1928-1980, recording County and Supreme Court judgments that affected deeded land or mortgages; Crown Land Grant Books 1-6, 1854-1953, and Crown Land Lease Books 1-3, 1901-1957, which provided a local copy of land grants and leases also recorded at the Crown Lands office.

Series · 1784-1971; predominant 1784-1930
Part of Nova Scotia Registry of Deeds

Series forms part of the Registry of Deeds fonds, and consists of 83 land transaction registers, 1784-1930, recording the sale or transfer of land between grantor and grantee, mortgage assignments and releases, quit claim deeds and numerous other documents relating to land transactions.

Series also includes two Judgment Books, 1926-1971, recording County and Supreme Court judgments against land titles; one Canada Farm Loan Board Mortgage register, 1937-1957; one volume of Nova Scotia Pulp Limited agreements, 1957-1971; and a microfilm copy of the Crown Land Grant register, 1857-1967, which provided a local copy of land grants also recorded at the Crown Lands office in Halifax.

In the early land transaction registers the county is identified as Sydney County. Created in 1784 Sydney County included what is now Antigonish and Guysborough Counties. In 1824 Sydney County was divided into defined upper and lower districts. In 1836 the Lower District of Sydney County became Guysborough County and the Upper District reverted to the original name, Sydney County and in 1863 was renamed as Antigonish County.

Subseries · 1854-1954, predominant 1854-1942, 1949-1954
Part of Nova Scotia Registry of Deeds

Subseries forms part of the Shelburne County Registry of Deeds records, and consists of 18 volumes of land transaction registers, 1854-1942, 1949-1954, recording the sale or transfer of land between grantor (seller) and grantee (buyer) , mortgage assignments and releases, quit claim deeds, and numerous other types of documents relating to land transactions. The documents recorded in the land transaction registers are transcriptions (the Registry's copy) of the original documents held by the grantor and grantee.

Series also includes microfilmed Bills of Sale with an Index, 1880-1950; and microfilmed Crown Land Grant Books 1-3, 1767-1819, 1875-1933, which provided a local copy of land grants and leases also recorded at the Crown Lands office.

Series · 1786-1951, predominant 1786-1948
Part of Nova Scotia Registry of Deeds

Series forms part of the Nova Scotia Registry of Deeds fonds and consists of 450 land transaction registers recording the sale or transfer of land between grantor (seller) and grantee (buyer), mortgage assignments and releases, quit claims deeds and many other types of records relating to land transactions.

Series also includes: Crown Land Grant books, 1786-1949, which provided a local copy of land grants also recorded in the Crown Lands Office.

The Sydney Registry is the earliest one on Cape Breton Island and initially recorded land transactions from across the island prior to the establishment of other registries in Richmond County (1821), Inverness County (1825) and Victoria County (1851). The Registry records also include land grants from the period in which Cape Breton was a separate colony (1784 to 1820).

As a separate colony, the island of Cape Breton had its own small colonial administration. In 1785 Abraham Cuyler was appointed Secretary and Registrar of the colony and, as such, was responsible for maintaining the land registration books for the colony. Exchanges of land were limited from 1790-1817 as grants of land were only issued to Loyalists or discharged military personnel. Other persons would have to seek a licence of occupation which would then be registered in a manner similar to that of a land grant. Chapter 5 of the Acts of 1820/21 reunited Cape Breton to Nova Scotia as a county and provided for the registration of deeds in Sydney and Arichat. Chapter 33 of the Acts of 1823 divided the county into three districts: Northeastern (1st), Southern (2nd), and Northwestern (3rd). An Order-in-Council on December 10, 1824 authorizedthe creation of a registry in Port Hood. In 1835 the districts became the counties of Cape Breton, Richmond, and Just au Corps (since renamed Inverness). In 1851 Victoria County was separated from Cape Breton County and given its own registry at Baddeck. From 1854 onwards the Crown Lands Act required the registration of grants in the appropriate county registry. Asthe registry office dated from the time when Cape Breton Island was a separate colony, there are two Crown Land Grant books covering the years 1786-1791. Land Grants issued from 1822-1837 for land situated in Cape Breton Island were registered in Halifax and copied into Grant books in the Cape Breton (Sydney) Registry office in 1969.

Subseries · 1761-1968, predominant 1879-1934
Part of Nova Scotia Registry of Deeds

Subseries forms part of the Lunenburg County Registry of Deeds series, and consists of 20 land transaction registers, 1827-1934, recording the sale or transfer of land between grantor (seller) and grantee (buyer), mortgage assignments and releases, quit claim deeds, and numerous other types of documents relating to land transactions. The documents recorded in the land transaction registers are transcriptions (the Registry's copy) of the original documents held by the grantor and grantee.

Subseries includes original Crown Land Grant Books 1 to 3, 1879-1964, with two index volumes 1879-1959, which provided a local copy of land grants also recorded at the Crown Lands office.

Subseries also includes records available only on microfilm: the Chester Allotment book, 1761; Judgment Books 1 to 10, 1832-1905, with Indexes, recording County and Supreme Court judgments that affected deeded land or mortgages; and Indexes to Bills of Sale, volumes 1 to 11, 1869-1968; and Judgment Books B and C, 1879-1929, with Index, recording County and Supreme Court judgments that affected deeded land or mortgages.

Series · 1770-1972, predominant 1770-1931
Part of Nova Scotia Registry of Deeds

Series forms part of the Nova Scotia Registry of Deeds fonds and consists of 192 land transaction registers, 1770-1931, recording the sale or transfer of land between grantor (seller) and grantee (buyer), mortgage assignments and releases, quit claim deeds and numerous other documents relating to land transactions. The documents recorded in the land transaction reigsters are transcriptions (the Registry's copy) of the original documents held by grantor and grantee.

Series includes four Crown Land Grant books, with indexes, 1854-1959, which provided a local copy of land grants also recorded at the Crown Lands office. Land Grants Index Book 2 also includes a list of unrecorded grants as of November 1950.

Series also includes thirteen Judgment Books with indexes, 1832-1972, recording County and Supreme Court judgments against land titles; four volumes describing the Boundaries of School Sections for districts of Colchester (Colchester, Shitrling, South Colchester, and West Colchester), ca. 1865-1903; four volumes of Record of Road Reports (road district descriptions), 1848-1962; Plans Index with Early Expropriations at the front of book, undated; one volume for the Midland Railway Company Limited, Description of Land Required, 1899; a Certificate of Title Index, 1957-1972, and an unidentified Index ca. 1900-1907.

Series · 1785-1975; predominant 1785-1939
Part of Nova Scotia Registry of Deeds

Series forms part of the Nova Scotia Registry of Deeds fonds and consists of 160 land transaction registers, 1785-1939, recording the sale or transfer of land between grantor (seller) and grantee (buyer), mortgage assignments and releases, quit claim deeds, and numerous other types of documents relating to land transactions. The documents recored in the land transaction registers are transcriptions (the Registry's copy) of the original documents held by the grantor and grantee.

Series also includes: one Canadian Farm Loan Board mortgage register, 1938-1957; Judgment Books 1-8 (A-H), 1879-1975, recording County and Supreme Court judments that affected deeded land or mortgages; Crown Land Grant Books 1-4, and index, 1854-1958, and Crown Land Lease Books 1-3, 1903-1948, which provided a local copy of land grants and leases also recorded at the Crown Lands Office.

Series also includes, on microfilm only: Index to Bills of Sale, 1860-1904; and Index to Entry Books, 1876-1901.

Series · 1785-1969
Part of Nova Scotia Registry of Deeds

Series consists of two subseries, Guysborough District Registry of Deeds and St. Mary's District Registry of Deeds.

In the earliest Guysbourough District land transaction registers the county is identified as Sydney County. Sydney County was created in 1784 to administer the eastern mainland of Nova Scotia (now Antigonish and Guysborough Counties). During the years 1824-1836 Sydney County was divided into defined upper and lower districts: the Lower District of Sydney County became Guysborough County; the Upper District reverted to the original name, Sydney County, which was changed to Antigonish County in 1863. The Lower District of Sydney County (later Guysborough County) was divided into two smaller districts: Guysborough District (forthe western half of the District) and St. Mary's District (for the eastern half). Land transactions were administered in Guysborough and St. Mary's (also known as Sherbrooke) Districts.

Subseries · 1785-1967, predominant 1785-1944
Part of Nova Scotia Registry of Deeds

Subseries forms part of the Guysborough County Registry of Deeds series, and consists of 71 land transaction registers, 1785-1944, recording the sale or transfer of land between grantor (seller) and grantee (buyer), mortgage assignments and releases, quit claim deeds, and numerous other types of documents relating to land transactions. The documents recorded in the land transaction registers are transcriptions (the Registry's copy) of the original documents held by the grantor and grantee.

Subseries also include Crown Land Grant Books A to G, with index, 1871-1967, which provided a local copy of land grants also recorded at the Crown Lands office. Crown Land Grant Book 1, 1854-1871, is available on microfilm only.

Series · 1749-1967; predominant 1749-1903
Part of Nova Scotia Registry of Deeds

Series forms part of the Nova Scotia Registry of Deeds fonds and consists of 336 land transaction registers and other registers, 1749-1903, recording the sale or transfer of land between grantor and grantee, mortgage assignments and releases, quit claim deeds and numerous other documents relating to land transactions. The documents recorded in the land transaction registers are transcriptions (the Registry's copy) of the original documents held by the grantor and grantee.

Found amongst the land transaction registers are an Allotment Book (volume 1), 1749-1769; Judgment Books (volumes 163, 218, 228, 241, 254, 271, 289, 305, 336) recording the County and Supreme Court judgments that affected deeded land or mortgages; and a Register of Horses (volume 267), 1887-1908, in which the purchase and sale of horses was recorded.

Series also includes a separate registration book for Musquodoboit, which briefly had its own registry and which includes deeds from 1807 to 1821; and one volume of Land Grants (Volume 4). The remaining volumes 1-13 of Land Grants are available on microfilm only; the original volumes have not been transferred to the Archives.

Series · 1763-1953, predominant 1763-1949
Part of Nova Scotia Registry of Deeds

Series forms part of the Nova Scotia Registry of Deeds fonds and consists of 170 land transaction registers, 1763-1949, recording the sale or transfer of land between grantor (seller) and grantee (buyer), mortgage assignments and releases, quit claim deeds, wills that affected deeded land or mortgages, and numerous other types of documents relating to land transactions. The documents recorded in the land transaction registers are transcriptions (the Registry's copy) of the original documents held by the grantor and grantee.

Series also includes microfilmed copies of Crown Land Grant Books 1-3, 1854-1953, which provided a local copy of land grants also recorded at the Crown Lands office.

Series · 1825-1982, predominant 1825-1964
Part of Nova Scotia Registry of Deeds

Series forms part of the Nova Scotia Registry of Deeds fonds and consists of 88 land transaction registers, 1825-1964, recording the sale or transfer of land between grantor (seller) and grantee (buyer), mortgage assignments and releases, quit claim deeds, and numerous other types of documents relating to land transactions. The documents recorded in the land transaction registers are transcriptions (the Registry's copy) of the original documents held by the grantor and grantee.

Series also includes Crown Land Grant books A to L (13 volumes), 1854-1982, which provided a local copy of the land grants also recorded at the Crown Lands office.

The Inverness County Registry of Deeds, in Port Hood, was created by Order-in-Council on December 10, 1824. Prior to its creation, all land transaction records were registered at the Sydney Registry (Cape Breton County).

Series · 1764-1968, predominant 1766-1938
Part of Nova Scotia Registry of Deeds

Series forms part of the Nova Scotia Registry of Deeds fonds and consists of land transaction registers recording the sale or transfer of land between grantor and grantee, mortgage assignments and releases, quit claims deeds and many other types of records relating to land transactions. The earliest land transactions for Kings County were registered at Cornwallis (1764-1843), Horton (1766-1843) and Aylesford (1820-1843). After 1843 all land transactions for Kings County were registered at Cornwallis (Kentville).

Series also includes: a Cornwallis Township Proprietor's Lot Boundaries Register (1762-ca.1812); Canadian Farm Loan Board registers (1937-1967); The Dominion Building and Loan Association, Kentville, Mortgage Register (1897-1898); two Wills Registers (1918-1954) recording wills that affected deeded land or mortgages; Judgment Books 1 to 9 (1880-1968) recording County and Supreme Court judgments that affected deeded land or mortgages; and two Land Grants registers (1854-1935), which provided a local copy of the land grants also recorded at the Crown Lands office.

Subseries · 1759-1968, predominant 1759-1934
Part of Nova Scotia Registry of Deeds

Subseries forms part of the Lunenburg County Registry of Deeds series, and consists of 94 land transaction
registers, 1759-1934, recording the sale or transfer of land between grantor (seller) and grantee (buyer),
mortgage assignments and releases, quit claim deeds, and numerous other types of documents relating to land
transactions. The documents recorded in the land transaction registers are transcriptions (the Registry's copy)
of the original documents held by the grantor and grantee.

Subseries includes original Crown Land Grant Books 1 to 4, 1854-1874, and microfilmed Crown Land Books, 1874-1971, which provided a local copy of land grants also recorded at the Crown Lands office.

Subseries also includes records available only on microfilm: the Lunenburg Allotment book, 1759-1761; Register of 30 acre lots, Lunenburg, 1760; Register of Garden Lots, Lunenburg, 1762; Register of Town Lots, Lunenburg, 1762-1767; Judgment Books 1 to 10, 1832-1905, with Indexes, recording County and Supreme Court judgments that affected deeded land or mortgages; and, Bills of Sale, volumes 1 and 2, 1861-1875 and Indexes to Bills of Sale, volumes 1 to 15, 1890-1936.

RG 47 · Fonds · 1749-1994

Consists of original land transaction registers containing transcribed deeds, mortgages and other documents pertaining to land transactions as they were deposited by land grantees (buyers) and grantors (sellers) for most counties in Nova Scotia. Also includes other documents affecting title to land which were sometimes kept in separate books such as judgment books, will books and mortgage registers. Other documents which may be recorded in the registers include: quit claim deeds, wills, mechanics liens, power of attorney, right of ways, bills of sale, and assignments. Subsequent to 1851, the includes land grant records, mainly in microfilm format as these were required to be deposited with the Registry of Deeds offices under the Crown Lands Act (R.S., C.114, s.1).

Nova Scotia. Registry of Deeds, 1752-
Series · 1771-1954, predominant 1771-1938
Part of Nova Scotia Registry of Deeds

Series forms part of Nova Scotia Registry of Deeds fonds and consists of registers recording the sale or transfer of land between grantor and grantee, the assignment and release of mortgages, and judgments issued by the Supreme or County Courts that affected deeded land or mortgages. Unlike most counties, the Pictou County Registry of Deeds kept separate registers for each type of document including: land transaction registers, where all deeds and numerous other types of documents relating to land transactions were transcribed; deed registers, containing only deeds; quit claim deed registers; and, mortgage registers (some for particular mortgage companies). Some of the land transaction registers may also contain plans to accompany the deeds.

Series also includes: nine Judgment Books (1877-1953), recording County and Supreme Court judgments that affected deeded land or mortgages; six Will Books (1879-1922), recording wills that affected deeded land or mortgages; Crown Land Grant Books (1854-1931) and Crown Land Lease Books (1895-1910, 1928-1940), which provided a local copy of land grants and leases also recorded at the Crown Lands office.

There are several gaps in the sequence of original land transaction registers held at the Archives. Some registers were not transferred and remain in the Department's custody.

Series forms part of the Nova Scotia Registry of Deeds fonds and consists of 60 land transcation registers, 1764-1920, recording the sale or transfer of land between grantor (seller) and grantee (buyer), mortgage assignments and releases, quit claim deeds and numerous other types of documents relating to land transactions. The documents recorded int he land transaction registers are transcriptions (the Registry's copy) of the original documents held by the grantor and grantee.

Series also includes: Crown Land Grant Books A-G, with Index, 1854-1992, and Crown Land Lease Books A-D, 1900-1984, which provided a local copy of land grants and leases also recorded at the Crown Lands office.

Series · 1821-1963
Part of Nova Scotia Registry of Deeds

Series forms part of the Nova Scotia Registry of Deeds fonds and consists of 72 land transaction registers, 1821-1963, recording the sale or transfer of land between grantor (seller) and grantee (buyer), mortgage assignments and releases, quit claim deeds, and numerous other types of documents relating to land transactions. The documents recorded in the land transaction registrs are transcriptions (the Registry's copy) of the original documents held by the grantor and grantee.

Series also includes: Crown Land Grant Books A-H, 1854-1963, which provided a local cop of land grants also recorded at the Crown Lands office.

The Richmond County Registry of Deeds, in Arichat was established in 1821 (Chapter 5 of the Acts of 1820/21). Prior to its creation, all land transaction records were registered at the Sydney Registry (Cape Breton County).

Subseries · 1783-1962, predominant 1783-1955
Part of Nova Scotia Registry of Deeds

Subseries forms part of the Shelburne County Registry of Deeds records, and consists of 71 volumes of land transaction registers, 1783-1955, recording the sale or transfer of land between grantor (seller) and grantee (buyer) , mortgage assignments and releases, quit claim deeds, and numerous other types of documents relating to land transactions. The documents recorded in the land transaction registers are transcriptions (the Registry's copy) of the original documents held by the grantor and grantee.

Series also includes: Crown Land Grant Books 1-3, 1854-1962, and Crown Land Lease Book 4, 1900-1924, which provided a local copy of land grants and leases also recorded at the Crown Lands office.

Subseries · 1815-1969, predominant 1815-1963
Part of Nova Scotia Registry of Deeds

Subseries forms part of the Guysborough County Registry of Deeds series, and consists of 38 land transaction registers, 1815-1963, recording the sale or transfer of land between grantor (seller) and grantee (buyer), mortgage assignments and releases, quit claim deeds, and numerous other types of documents relating to land transactions. The documents recorded in the land transaction registers are transcriptions (the Registry's copy) of the original documents held by the grantor and grantee.

Subseries also includes Crown Land Grant Books 1-5, 1855-1969, which provided a local coy of land grants also recorded at the Crown Lands office.