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== Record Description  ==
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| title = British Columbia, Crown Land Pre-emption Registers, 1860-1971
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| record_type = Land Records
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| end_year = 1971
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| language = English
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| FS_URL_02 = [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=300&query=%2Bplace%3A%22Canada%2C%20British%20Columbia%22%20%2Bkeywords%3Aland FamilySearch Catalog]
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| FS_URL_03 = [[British Columbia Genealogy|British Columbia]]
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| FS_URL_04 = [[British Columbia|British Columbia History]]
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| FS_URL_05 = [[British Columbia Vital Records|British Columbia Vital Records]]
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| FS_URL_06 = [[Canada Land and Property]]
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| FS_URL_07 = [[Library and Archives Canada]]
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| FS_URL_08 = [[Canada History Links]]
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| FS_URL_09 = [[Canada Historic Maps]]
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| FS_URL_10 = [[British Columbia Land and Property]]
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| RW_URL_01 = [http://www.vs.gov.bc.ca/death/index.html Government of British Columbia]
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| RW_URL_02 = [http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/land/Pages/land-records.aspx Library and Archives Canada]
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| RW_URL_03 = [http://www.bcwatersheds.org/wiki/index.php?title=Provincial_Crown_Land Provincial Crown Land descriptions]
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| RW_URL_04 = [http://royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/assets/Pre-emptions_homesteads_quick_guide.pdf British Columbia Archives Research Guide: Pre-emption and Homestead Records]
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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.
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== What Is in This Collection?  ==
  
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.  
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These records include registers of pre-emptions, or 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.  
  
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.  
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Many people in [[Canada Genealogy|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 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.  
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The British Columbia Archives has [http://www.bcarchives.gov.bc.ca/general/guides/preemptions-homesteads_research_guide.pdf a research guide] about the pre-emption process used in Canada.  
  
The British Columbia Archives has [http://www.bcarchives.gov.bc.ca/general/guides/preemptions-homesteads_research_guide.pdf a research guide] about the pre-emption process used in Canada.
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===To Browse This Collection===
  
== Record Content  ==
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<gallery>
 
Image:British Columbia Crown Land Pre-emption Registers DGS 7206612 219.jpg|Pre-emption records
 
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Land records may contain the following information&nbsp;:  
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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
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'''Land Records''' may contain the following information:  
  
 
*Name and age of landowner  
 
*Name and age of landowner  
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*Occupation.
 
*Occupation.
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
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== Collection Content ==
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===Sample Images===
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Image:British Columbia Crown Land Pre-emption Registers DGS 7206612 219.jpg|Pre-emption records
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To begin your search for land records, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
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==How Do I Search the Collection?==
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You can search the index or view the images or both. To begin your search it is helpful to know:
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*The name of your ancestor
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*The name of a relative or date of the event
  
*Name of ancestor
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=== View the Images ===
*Place of residence
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View images in this collection by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/2053657/waypoints Browse Page] then:
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# Select "Place name"
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# Select “Register Number, Volume Number and Years"
  
==== Search The Collection  ====
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
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Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. 
  
To search the collection image by image, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page:<br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Place name"<br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Register Number, Volume Number and Years" category which will take you to the images.<br>
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2053657 British Columbia, Crown Land Pre-emption Registers, 1860-1971]. Click on camera icon to see images.}}
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For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
  
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.  
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==What Do I Do Next?==
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=== I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
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*Use the information to find other records such as birth, christening, census, marriage and death records.
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*Use the information to find additional family members.
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*Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
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*[[British Columbia Church Records| Church Records]] often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
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*It may be useful to check out [http://www.saskarchives.com/ Saskatchewan Archives Board] to see if there are other records that may be of interest to you.
  
==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ====
 
  
*Search the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&region=CANADA Canadian Census] to locate your ancestor’s residence.
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=== I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking For, What Now? === 
*Search for the name of the spouse instead of your deceased ancestor.
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*Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc.  Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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*Collect entries for every person who has the same surname.  This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
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*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search. 
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*Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name, especially French versions.
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.shtml nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nickname-given-name-equivalents.htm these names] as well. 
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*Search the indexes and records of [[British Columbia, Canada Genealogy]].
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*Search in the [[British Columbia Archives and Libraries]].
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*Search in the [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=300&query=%2Bplace%3A%22Canada%2C%20British%20Columbia%22%20%2Bkeywords%3Aland FamilySearch Catalog]
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* FamilySearch has an extensive collection of British Columbia Records that can be found [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list/?page=1&countryId=1929958 here].
  
== Related Websites  ==
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== Citing This Collection ==
  
[http://www.bcarchives.gov.bc.ca/general/guides/preemptions-homesteads_research_guide.pdf British Columbia Archives Research Guide: Pre-emption and Homestead Claims]
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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.  
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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'''Collection Citation''':<br>{{Collection citation| text = "British Columbia, Crown Land Pre-emption Registers, 1860-1971". Images. <i>FamilySearch.org</i> http://Familysearch.org accessed : 2015. Citing British Columbia Information Management Services. British Columbia Archives, Victoria.}}<br><br>
  
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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. [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/records/collection/2053657/waypoints British Columbia, Crown Land Pre-emption Registers, 1860-1971]
 
 
 
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others 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 searched 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 FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
  
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
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Record Description
Record Type Land Records
Collection years 1860-1971
Languages English
Title in the Language
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Archive
British Columbia Archives


What Is in This Collection?

These records include registers of pre-emptions, or 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.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for British Columbia, Crown Land Pre-emption Registers, 1860-1971.


What Can These Records Tell Me?

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.

Collection Content

Sample Images

How Do I Search the Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The name of a relative or date of the event

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page then:

  1. Select "Place name"
  2. Select “Register Number, Volume Number and Years"

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.

For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the information to find other records such as birth, christening, census, marriage and death records.
  • Use the information to find additional family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
  • It may be useful to check out Saskatchewan Archives Board to see if there are other records that may be of interest to you.


I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name, especially French versions.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of British Columbia, Canada Genealogy.
  • Search in the British Columbia Archives and Libraries.
  • Search in the FamilySearch Catalog
  • FamilySearch has an extensive collection of British Columbia Records that can be found here.

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.

Collection Citation:

"British Columbia, Crown Land Pre-emption Registers, 1860-1971". Images. FamilySearch.org http://Familysearch.org accessed : 2015. Citing British Columbia Information Management Services. British Columbia Archives, Victoria.

Image Citation

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...tion Registers, 1860-1971.


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