Series - Antigonish County Registry of Deeds records

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Antigonish County Registry of Deeds records

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  • 1784-1971; predominant 1784-1930 (Creation)

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4.9 m of textual records (87 volumes)

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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.

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Records were transferred to the Archives from the Land Registry Office in Antigonish in 2009 and 2015.


Documents are primarily arranged in chronological order, by date of registration, in numbered volumes.

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The indexes, some and transaction registers, and the Crown Land Grant register were microfilmed in 1968-1969.

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Access is restriected to original volumes for preservation reasons. See reference copies on microfilm. Contact a Government Records Archivist for information about obtaining access to volumes not available on microfilm.

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To locate a particular document it is necessary to search the microfilmed index by name of grantor (seller) or grantee (buyer) to identify a book and page number.

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No further accruals expected.

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Although predominantly textual records the registers include some plot plans which were bound into the transaction registers near the entries which they illustrate.

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