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Record Description

These records include registers of pre-emptions which is purchased land that has not been fully surveyed. The registers summarize the information from the pre-emption certificates. The pre-emptions are listed in numerical order, with an alphabetical index at the back of each volume.

Many people in Canada owned land and thus a very high percentage of the population is named in land records. The availability of land attracted many immigrants to Canada and encouraged westward expansion.

Land ownership was generally recorded in an area as soon as settlers began to arrive. These were often the first records available in an area.

The registers include land petitions, fiats and warrants, land grants and patents, and deeds. The federal homestead era in the Prairie Provinces lasted almost 60 years (1872 to 1930). Homestead record files cover all those years.

The British Columbia Archives has a research guide about the pre-emption process used in Canada.

Record Content

Land records may contain the following information :

  • Name and age of landowner
  • Name of spouse
  • Names of children, heirs, relatives, and neighbors.
  • Place where landowner lived previously.
  • Occupation.

How to Use the Record

To begin your search for land records, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of ancestor
  • Place of residence

Search The Collection

To search the collection image by image, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page:
⇒Select the appropriate "Place name"
⇒Select the appropriate "Register Number, Volume Number and Years" category which will take you to the images.

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Search the Canadian Census to locate your ancestor’s residence.
  • Search for the name of the spouse instead of your deceased ancestor.

Related Websites

British Columbia Archives Research Guide: Pre-emption and Homestead Claims

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box. British Columbia, Crown Land Pre-emption Registers, 1860-1971

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Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

"British Columbia, Crown Land Pre-emption Registers, 1860-1971". Images. FamilySearch.org http://Familysearch.org accessed : 2013. Citing British Columbia Information Management Services. British Columbia Archives, Victoria.

 

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