Newfoundland and Labrador Land and Property Records

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In July 1892, the Registry of Crown Titles and Records experienced the devastating loss of 20 volumes of Crown grants, numerous maps, and other records, during the Great Fire of St. John's. While some documents were re-registered from duplicate copies held by individual land owners, a large number of grants are still missing.

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Registry of Deeds[edit | edit source]

Most records for Newfoundland are found in the provincial capital of St. John’s. The system of record keeping was not the same as the other provinces as Newfoundland was late joining the union, and so their records were not under the federal government jurisdiction prior to 1949. Over the years, the diverse nature of recording Crown Land Grants has left the surviving records spread out over a number of collections held in various government departments and locations. The main collection is housed at the Registry of Deeds. [1]

The Registry of Deeds has the largest database of information of all the registries within the Commercial Registrations Division. The records maintained relate to real estate in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador dating back to the early 1800’s. Registry records from 1825 to 1981 can only be searched at the Registry’s office at 59 Elizabeth Avenue, St. John’s through a paper-based index and bound volumes manual system.

Registry records from 1982 to present can be searched electronically through our Companies and Deeds Online (CADO) system either at the Registry’s office or online at Companies and Deeds Online (CADO).

Registry of Deeds
Digital Government and Service NL
Commercial Registrations Division
P.O. Box 8700
St. John’s, NL
A1B 4J6

Tel: (709) 729-3302
Fax: (709) 729-0232

Physical Address: Address: 59 Elizabeth Avenue

Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador[edit | edit source]

The Rooms, Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador
9 Bonaventure Avenue
P.O. Box 1800, Station C
St. John’s, Newfoundland A1C 5P9
Telephone: 709-757-8030
  • A register of crown grants after 1831 to 1931 is at The Rooms Provincial Archives. The entries for 1831 to 1880 have been indexed.
  • They do not have copies of the grant themselves.
  • They also have a Register of Deeds for 1845 to 1872, although there are many gaps in the coverage.
  • Other land records include a record book of Crown rents from 1821 to 1864 and various Plantation Papers from 1809 to 1854.

Distance Research in the Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador[edit | edit source]

For records not digitized and available online, there are options for obtaining information from and/or copies of them through distance research.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Murphy, Sharon L., Brenda Dougall Merriman, and Frances Coe. "Newfoundland and Labrador Land Records (National Institute)," National Institute for Genealogical Studies (2012),