Tax assessment rolls and land registry instruments
Port Hope and Hope Township

Joseph Scriven's home

The Association for the Preservation of Ontario Land Registry Office Documents was created in 1997 to thwart a government plan to physically destroy, after microfilming, the land registry documents for the 1867-1955 period.

Through APOLROD's efforts, in 2001 the Port Hope Archives acquired five filing cabinets crammed with some 34,000 deeds, probates, and other documents relating to property in the Municipality. These instruments provide a record of every transaction that has taken place with a piece of property.

Further, with the gracious help of the staff at the Land Registry office in Cobourg, twenty-three abstract index books, detailing every property transaction from Crown grants (1790s) to 1955, were copied for use with the instruments. (Information later than 1955 can be found on microfilm at the Land Registry Office.)

The following tax assessment rolls, provided by staff at Town Hall in 2008, list a property's address, designation, and the year a dwelling is believed to have been constructed.

With this information, you can access the abstract books at the Port Hope Archives and then locate the instrument(s).

We have prepared a spreadsheet listing the 34,000+ instruments for the 1867-1955 period: one sheet in instrument number order; another alphabetical listing by Grantor; and a third by Grantee.

Peter and Barbara Bolton - Port Hope, Ontario