Land Grants database 1870 - 1930
- Legal land description often found in a local history can be
cross-referenced to the Western Land Grants online database at
http://www.archives.ca/02/020111_e.html. For any family "out west" in the
early days, it is worth checking land records even if they lived in a town.
Back to the Land: A Genealogical Guide to Finding Farms on the Canadian
By Dave Obee. This will be a vital reference for researchers working on the
Canadian Prairies. It includes a basic summary of how to read land
descriptions, as determined by the Dominion Land Survey, and maps of the
three Prairie provinces. There is also an index of townships, giving the
matching sub-district in the 1901 census, and the census microfilm number.
No maps of the sub-districts survived - so this book is the best way to
determine which sub-district is the one you're looking for. Third printing.
929.3712 is the public library number.
There is a copy at Calgary Family History Centre (17 Ave SW) with a shorter