British Columbia, Crown Land Grants (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Access the records: British Columbia, Crown Land Grant Records, 1851-1874  and British Columbia, Crown Land Grants, 1869-1930.

Record Description

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.

Record Content

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 to Use the Record

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

  • Name of ancestor
  • Place of residence
  • Approximate year of residence

Search the Collection

To browse the British Columbia, Crown Land Grant Records, 1851-1874 select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page:
⇒ Select the appropriate "District/Town" category
⇒ Select the appropriate "Years and Registration or Volume Numbers" category which will take you to the images.

To browse the British Columbia, Crown Land Grants, 1869 - 1930 select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the appropriate "Record Type" category
⇒ Select the appropriate "Volume,Document Designation and Years" category which will take you to the images.

Look at the images one by one 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.

Using the Information

When you have found the information that you were 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.

Tips to Keep in Mind

Look in the Canadian Censuses to find the year of residence of your ancestor.

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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:

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation for This Collection

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

"British Columbia, Crown Land Grants, 1869 - 1930." Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2013. Citing Lands Branch. Crown Land Registry Services, Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks, Victoria.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.