A probate is an important document in genealogy. Names of heirs, their place of residence at the time of the event, and even inheritances, often provide insight into the life of the deceased and his or her family. After a probate is registered, it enters the public domain.

The Port Hope Archives added a collection of probates related to Port Hope and area residents, thanks to the generosity of a local lawyer. Many others were added during the indexing of the land registry instruments.

Most probates list the deceased's residence at the time of death, executors, and any heirs. Some probates are very lengthy, whereas, others only provide basic information. We have provided the names, dates of death, and from obits and cemetery records (CemSearch), limited information (names of spouses, children and other details) that make it easier for you to determine whether the documents relate to your ancestors.

The probates listed (1400+ in a PDF document) are accessible for viewing at the Port Hope Archives, with copies available for a small fee.

Peter and Barbara Bolton - Port Hope, Ontario