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About the Local History Collection

The Library owns an ever-growing historical and genealogical collection of the City, the Niagara River and Falls, and the Niagara Peninsula. The wide variety of rare material in these collections - including guidebooks, atlases, local histories, magazines, maps, photographs, art reproductions, newspapers, clippings, government reports and City Council minutes - are used extensively by staff and the public. 

These materials can be viewed at the Victoria Avenue library. Due to the rarity and nature of these materials they are not available for loan and cannot be borrowed through the InterLibrary Loan system.

Land Records

"Land records are very complex. There may be many transactions and documents relating to one parcel of land. Procedures and requirements for acquiring and transferring land -- and for the associated record-keeping -- may have changed over time.

A useful distinction to keep in mind when researching land records is the difference between Crown grants and private land transactions. All land originally belongs to the Crown -- that is, to the government. Crown land may be owned by the provincial or federal government which may grant it to individuals or corporations through means such as purchase, pre-emption, or auction. Once land has been alienated from the Crown and is privately owned, it can be transferred to others through private transaction." Vancouver Public Library, retrieved from http://guides.vpl.ca/genealogy/landrecords

LHC 971.024 OntA 
Antliff, W. Bruce. 
Loyalist Settlements: New Evidence of Canadian Loyalist Claims. Supplement to the 1904 Archives Report LHC 971.024 Ont. 2nd report. microfiche.

LHC 971.3 059P 
Cruikshank, E.A. 
Petitions for Grants of Land, 1792--1796
Ontario Historical Society. Papers and Records, vol 24, 1927,p 17-144

LHC 971.3 059P 
Cruikshank, E.A. 
Petitions for Grants of Land, Second Series, 1796-1799. 
Ontario Historical Society Papers and Records, Vol. 26, 1931, p 97-379

LHC 971.339 N577
Farms in Township #1 before 1784. 
Niagara Historical Society No. 27, p 5-7 

LHC 971.339 N577
Houses Burned by U.S. Army (1813-1814). 
Niagara Historical Society No. 27, p 23-25 

LHC 929.3713 Lau 
Lauber, Wilfred R. 
An Index of the Land Claim Certificates of Upper Canada Militiamen who Served in the War of 1812-1814. 1996 

LHC 929.3 McF 
McFall, A. David. Land Records in Ontario Registry Offices

LHC 333.3 Ont
Ontario. Department of Public Records and Archives. 
Ontario Archives Land Records Index 1780-1914 
(microfiche) 

LHC 971.3059 Ont
Ontario, Department of Public Records and Archives.
Report to the Bureau of Archives for the Province of Ontario. 1904, 1905, 1917, 1920, 1928-31 

LHC 971.024 Ont
Ontario. Department of Public Records and Archives.
United Empire Loyalists: Enquiry into the Losses and Services in report Consequence of Their Loyalty
(second report. microfiche) 

LHC 971.024 OntL
Ontario. Ministry of Citizenship and Culture.
Loyalist Settlements 1783-1789.
The Land 1783-1800.
(2 volumes) 

LHC 929.374746 Pen 
Penrose, Maryly B. 
Mohawk Valley Land Records Abstracts 1738-1788. 

LHC 971.339 N577
Town Lots in Newark, 1795.
Niagara Historical Society No. 27, p 11-13

LHC Periodical
Township of Thorold Land Abstracts. 
Notes from Niagara, Vol. 3. #2, 1983 

LHC 971.338 W447 
Two Early Land Petitions (1792).
Welland County Historical Society Papers and Records, Vol. 5, 1938, p 222-223