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The original content for this article was contributed by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies in June 2012. It is an excerpt from their course Canadian: Land Records Course Part 1 and Part 2  by Sharon L. Murphy, Brenda Dougall Merriman, CG, and Frances Coe, PLCGS. The Institute offers over 200 comprehensive genealogy courses for a fee ($).


Map of Alberta

What’s Available on the Internet 

Websites of Interest

Like Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Alberta was also originally part of Hudson’s Bay Company’s holdings from 1670. The first North West Company post was built in the Peace River District in 1788.

In 1870 this land was acquired by the Dominion of Canada and in 1882 the North West Territories divided into 4 districts:

      1. Alberta

      2. Assiniboia East, Assiniboia West

      3. Saskatchewan

      4. Unorganized Territories

In 1905 the Province of Alberta was created.

Provincial Archives of Alberta

Homestead Records - Homestead records are deposited with the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

These records have been microfilmed for the period prior to 1930 and are arranged in 4 sections:

     1. Alphabetical lists of applicants.

     2. Township registers which show who settled on a particular township.

     3. Microfilms of applications for homestead.

     4. Index to the microfilm reels containing files.

The Register of Water Rights also has an alphabetical index. Land records indexed by land description are:

    1. School Land Registers.

    2. Timber Registers

    3. Parish and Townsite Registers

    4. Others.

The Alberta Genealogical Society offers several searchable databases on the Internet. These include:

  • Index to Applications for Alberta Land Patents 1885-1897
  • Index to Alberta Homestead Records 1870-1930
  • Index to Alberta Homestead Records post-1930


    Provincial Archives of Alberta
    8555 Roper Road 
    Edmonton, Alberta T6E 5W1 
    Telephone: 780-427-1750 

Hudson’s Bay Company Archives

Please refer back to the section in Manitoba regarding the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives.

Hudson’s Bay Company Archives 130 - 200 Vaughan Street Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 1T5 Telephone: 204-945-4949 Email:

Glenbow Museum - Library and Archives

The Glenbow Museum’s Library and Archives are the one of Canada’s largest non-governmental repositories and house a great collection of Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) land records. There is a searchable database online for both CPR records and Métis research. The Métis database is for surname searching in order to obtain the call number needed to order the microfilmed records. Your librarian can order these for you but you must pay fee per request directly to the librarian.

Glenbow Museum 130 - 9th Avenue SE Calgary, Alberta T2G 0P3 Telephone: 403-268-4100 Telephone - Library Reference Desk: 403-268-4197 Library Email: Telephone - Archives Reference Desk: 403-268-4204 Archives Email:

Land Title Offices

Edmonton Land Title Office John E. Brownlee Building 10365 - 97 Street Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3W7 Telephone: 780-427-2742 Email:

Calgary Land Title Office Service Alberta Building 710 - 4 Avenue S.W. Calgary, Alberta T2P 0K3 Telephone: 403-297-6511 Email:

Alberta Genealogical & Family History Societies

Alberta Family Histories Society 712 - 16 Avenue NW Calgary, Alberta T2M 0J8 Telephone: 403-214-1447 (voice mail)

Alberta Genealogical Society 162, 14315 - 118 Avenue Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4S6 Email: Numerous branches of the Alberta Genealogical Society exist. Please check with them for their contact information.


Information in this Wiki page is excerpted from the online course Canadian: Land Records Course Part 1 and Part 2 offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. To learn more about this course or other courses available from the Institute, see our website. We can be contacted at

We welcome updates and additions to this Wiki page.