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How can I improve my Writs Name Search results?

The name searched must be as it appears on the land titles parcel/PIN.

  • All punctuation, accents and hyphens are ignored when doing a name search
  • Modifiers such as “Executrix”, “Estate of” or “In Trust” must not be entered when searching
  • Titles such as “Mr.” or “Dr.” and generations such as “Jr.” or “III”, must not be entered when searching

Surnames

  • Spaces are ignored when doing a surname search
  • The entire last name searched must match exactly – typing a portion of or additions to the name will not provide a hit
  • If you type a surname that has an internal space, or a hyphen or multiple capital letters, the search locates a range of matches
If you enterYou will get
WISE MANN, JOANWISE MANN, JOAN and
WISEMANN, JOAN and
WISE-MANN, JOAN
DAROSA, MARIADa Rosa, Maria and
Darosa, Maria and
DaRosa, Maria and
Da-Rosa, Maria

Given Names

  • The order in which given names are searched does not matter.
  • If multiple given names are entered, a hit will result even if only one given name matches.
  • When searching, single letter given names are ignored.
 If you enterYou will get
If you type a given name that has no internal
space or hyphen, the search only locates
exact matches.
JONES, MARYANNJONES, MARYANN
If you type a given name that has an internal
hyphen, the search locates exact matches
for the combined name and also each
portion of the name.
JONES, MARY-ANNJONES, MARYANN and
JONES, ELIZABETH MARY and
JONES, MARY LYNN and
JONES, MARY ANN
If you type a given name that has an internal
space, the search locates exact matches for
each portion of the name.
JONES, MARY ANNJONES, MARY ANN JONES, ELIZABETH MARY and
JONES, MARY LYNN and
JONES, MARY ANN
  • Names must be an exact match
  • Representative capacities such as “Trustees of Oak Woods Church” must be entered identically to the way the writ was entered
  • The system will not provide a match if the numerical identifier searched is filed differently in the system. (E.g. XII is entered as 12)
  • The system will not provide matches if you shorten portions of the names (except for the corporate identifiers noted below) or do not spell the
    name exactly

When doing a company search, the following sets of words are treated equally:

  • LTD=LTEE=LIMITED=LIMITEE
  • INC=INCORPORATED=INCORPOREE
  • CO=COMPANY=COMPAGNIE=CIE
  • CORP=CORPORATION
  • AND=& but does not = ET
  • THE=LE=LA=LES are ignored when searching
 If you enterYou will get
Leading symbols – The system will provide matches whether or not the symbol is there$EVERY PLACE or $ EVERY PLACEEVERY PLACE and
$EVERY PLACE and
$ EVERY PLACE
Numbered companies must have the number
in the same sequence and location in the
name to get a match
001122 ONTARIO LTD001122 ONTARIO LTD
Spaces and punctuation do not affect search
results and would provide the following
matches
ACME CONSTRUCTION or
A C M E CONSTRUCTION or
A.C.M.E. CONSTRUCTION or
A. C. M. E. CONSTRUCTION
ACME CONSTRUCTION and
A C M E CONSTRUCTION and
A.C.M.E. CONSTRUCTION and
A. C. M. E. CONSTRUCTION

Disclaimer: These suggested instructions and sample search results are provided as a guide only to carrying out searches – the sample search results are not intended to be exhaustive. Neither the Ministry of the Attorney General, nor the Ministry of Consumer and Business Services, nor Teranet shall be liable for any damages caused by failure to carry out a search in accordance with these suggested instructions or provides any guarantee that following these instructions will necessarily result in all possible names being located.