Series - Cape Breton County Registry of Deeds records

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Cape Breton County Registry of Deeds records

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  • 1786-ca.2003, predominant 1786-1949 (Creation)

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81 m of textual records (476 volumes)

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and consists of land transaction registers recording the sale or transfer of land between grantor and grantee, mortgage assignments and releases, quit claims deeds and many other types of records relating to land transactions. Some of the registers may also contain plans sketched or pasted on the page to accompany the deeds. The Sydney Registry is the earliest one on Cape Breton Island and initially recorded land transactions from across the Island prior to the establishment of other registries in Richmond County (1821), Inverness County (1825) and Victoria County (1851). The Registry records also include land grants from the period in which Cape Breton was a separate colony (1784 to 1820).

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Volumes are extremely fragile due to brittle pages and broken spines.

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Documents are primarily arranged in chronological order in numbered volumes.

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In an effort to protect the records from further deterioration, access is limited to microfilm copies.

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To locate a particular document it is necessary to search the microfilmed index by name of grantor (seller) or grantee (buyer) to identify a book and page number. A volume listing is available with corresponding reel numbers (see PDF attached to this description).

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