Series - Kings County Registry of Deeds records

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Kings County Registry of Deeds records

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  • 1764-1968, predominant 1766-1938 (Creation)

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22.5 m of textual records (191 volumes)

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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.

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Records were transferred to the Archives from the Land Registry Office in Kentville.


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

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The indexes, some land transaction registers, and the Crown Land Grant books were microfilmed in 1968-1969. Some volumes were microfilmed again in 2005 by the Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU). The "New" microfilm numbers are the Archives' copy of the GSU microfilm reels.

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Access is restricted 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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