Historical Books

In the Historical Books Search, you can view copies of the original paper property records registered prior to the introduction of Ontario’s electronic land registration system. You can also search for a Retake for a clearer copy of a page, if needed. 

Search for Historical Books

  1. On the OnLand Homepage, from the Where would you like to search options, begin typing the name of the city, town, or LRO name, or number you’d like to search in. The results will display as you type.
  2.  From the results in the list, scroll down and select your LRO.
  3. From the What would you like to search options, select Historical Books.
  4. From the Book Category drop-down list, select the type of land record you’d like to view.
  5. Add any additional search criteria to help refine your search results. Search criteria can include Geographic Description details from your title deed, property tax notice or other land document, such as concession, or plan number.
    1. Note: If you already know the number of the book you’re looking for, select Search by Book Number, and enter the book number in the field.
  6. Select Search Books.
    1. The search results display.  
  7. From the displayed results, find your book number or Geographic Description, and select the View Details button.
    1. The PDF displays.
  8. Navigate through the pages using the Previous and Next buttons, or if you know the page number you want, you can enter it directly in the page field at the bottom of the screen.
    1. Tip: Select the OnLand logo or the Historical Books link in the main menu to return to the Home screen, or from the Land Registry Office drop-down list, select another LRO to perform another search. 

Browse for Historical Books

  1. On the OnLand Homepage, from the Where would you like to search options, begin typing the name of the city, town, or LRO name, or number you’d like to search in. The results will display as you type.
  2.  From the results in the list, scroll down and select your LRO.
  3. From the What would you like to search options, select the Historical Books.
  4. Select the Browse Books tab.
  5. Select the link on the desired Book Category.
  6. From the displayed results, find your book number or Geographic Description, and select the View Details button.
    1. The PDF displays.
  7. Navigate through the pages using the Previous and Next buttons, or if you know the page number you want, you can enter it directly in the page field at the bottom of the screen.
    1. Tip: Select the OnLand logo or the Historical Books link in the main menu to return to the Home screen, or from the Land Registry Office drop-down list, select another LRO to perform another search. 

Search for Retakes

  1. On the OnLand Homepage, from the Where would you like to search options, begin typing the name of the city, town, or LRO name, or number you’d like to search in. The results will display as you type.
  2. From the results in the list, scroll down and select your LRO.
  3. From the What would you like to search options, select the Search button on the Historical Books tile.
  4. From the Book Category drop-down list, select Retake.
  5. In the Other Information field, add any relevant keywords to help refine your search results.
  6. Select the Search Books button.
  7. Find your book number in the list of results, and select the View Details button to the right of it.
  8. When the book pages are displayed, navigate through the pages using the Previous and Next buttons, or if you know the page number you want, you can enter it directly in the page field at the bottom of the screen.

Find Retakes / Rescanned Pages in the Search Results

  1. From the search results for your book, check the Description/Comments column for the Retake link.
  2. Select the Retake link.
    1. The Retakes results are displayed.
  3. Find your book number or geographic description in the list of results, and select the View Details button.
  4. When the book of rescanned pages is displayed, navigate through the pages using the Previous and Next buttons, or if you know the page number you want, you can enter it directly in the page field at the bottom of the screen.