British Columbia, Crown Land Grants (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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British Columbia, Crown Land Grant Records, 1851-1874 and British Columbia, Crown Land Grants, 1869-1930.
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|British Columbia, Canada|
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|Location of British Columbia, Canada|
|Record Type||Land Records|
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|Lands Branch, Crown Land Registry Service, Lands and Parks, Victoria|
- 1 What is in the Collection?
- 2 Collection Content
- 3 How do I Search the Collection?
- 4 What Do I Do Next?
- 5 Known Issues with This Collection
- 6 Citing this Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in the Collection?
These records describe the sale or transfer of specific parcels of Crown land from the provincial government to private persons and organizations. The grants are arranged in registration number order. There are separate index volumes which cover one or more annual volumes of land grant registers.
Land records often predate censuses, and they can help date an immigrant’s arrival and trace immigrant origins. Some types of land records provide birth places or places of last residence, while others provide the basic clues to continue the search in other records. Land records can also pinpoint places of residence in Canada.
The early applications for preemptions and Crown grants began in the mid-1800s and are stored in the British Columbia Information Management Services. They give the name of the grantor and grantee, a description of the land, the date of transaction, and sometimes names of relatives.
For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in the British Columbia, Crown Land Grant Records, 1851-1874 collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.
The land grant records may contain the following information:
- Full name of purchaser
- Full name of purchasee
- Date of grant
- Grant number
- Description of the land
How do I Search the Collection?
See Images in the 1851-1874 collection by visiting the Browse Page
⇒ Select the appropriate "District/Town" category
⇒ Select the appropriate "Years and Registration or Volume Numbers" category which will take you to the images.
See Images in the 1869-1930 collection by visiting the Browse Page
⇒ Select the appropriate "Record Type" category
⇒ Select the appropriate "Volume, Document Designation and Years" category which will take you to the images.
Search the collection by image, comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.
What Do I Do Next?
I Found Who I was Looking for, Now What?
- Try looking for your ancestor in additional records. FamilySearch has many digitized collections for British Columbia and even more by specific localities in the FamilySearch Catalog.
What if I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For?
- You can use the following tactics to help you in your search: The British Columbia, Crown Land Grants, 1868-1930 collection includes a separate index and a general index which can be used to find grants in the crown grants section of the collection. Some folders in the British Columbia, Crown Land Grants, 1851-1874 collection include indexes at the beginning of the volume.
- For Example: Look in the Index folder for your ancestor. Once you have found your ancestor, write down the number next to their name and look further down the film that you are in. The number will help you find the land contract and the date the contract was signed. If a transaction was on the 7 October 1869, you would search in the 1871 Census of Canada to find their residence in that particular place. As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
Known Issues with This Collection
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Citing this Collection
Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.
- "British Columbia, Crown Land Grants, 1869 - 1930." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Lands Branch. Crown Land Registry Services, Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks, Victoria.
- "British Columbia, Crown Land Grant Records, 1851-1874." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Department of Lands and Works. Ministry of Lands and Parks, Crown Land Registry, Victoria.
|The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for British Columbia, Crown L... Grant Records, 1851-1874.|
|The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for British Columbia, Crown Land Grants, 1869-1930.|
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