RE: Dominion Land Grants
- The National Archives claim to have the full grant of several pages but
claims versus fact is why I asked the question. Thanks for the information.
From: owner-dist-gen@... [mailto:owner-dist-gen@...]On
Behalf Of Robert Boynton
Sent: May 25, 2003 6:28 PM
Subject: Re: Dominion Land Grants
The documents held at the National Archives in regards to the Western Land
Grants are virtually worthless genealogically. They are a one page document
stating just about exactly what is in the on-line index.
The truly worthwhile documents are held by the Provincial Archives of each
western province and you can find some priceless gems in these documents.
I have personally recovered such personal items such as a divorce record and
many letter concerning families in need of explaining why or why they would
not like to continue with the patent procedure and/ or proving the
At the minimum, the records provide information as to whether the applicant
is married, his or her age, the number of children and where they were born.
There are also letter of recommendations and/or the statements from
neighbours who have witnessed that the patent requirements have been
I am familiar with a researcher in Winnipeg who, if available, is very time
efficient and is not expensive.
21 Lawndale Ave
As to the question of transfer documents outside of the realm of proving or
giving up on a homestead, you will have to contact Land Titles and do a
historical search from the original grant to the time you specify. Include
your wish for them to provide the transfer documents between titles as these
documents can be, sometimes, very worthwhile.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Xenia Stanford" <president@...>
To: "List AFHS" <dist-gen@...>
Sent: Sunday, May 25, 2003 12:00 PM
Subject: Dominion Land Grants
> Has anyone obtained Dominion Land Grant files (for Manitoba) from National
> Archives? I can't seem to see any of the films at the FHC or CPL Castell
> Branch. Thus it seems the only way to obtain them is to buy the film, do
> ILL or find a person at or near the archives to do the retrieval and
> I have 4 to obtain on behalf of clients and they want a speedy answer. In
> one case I need to know not only when the land was taken out but also
> vacated as the wife of one was shown as widowed on the 1901 census and was
> in Ontario by the time of the 1906 (since I cannot find her still in
> Manitoba)where she died in 1927 (we have the death record). We are trying
> establish the date and cause of death of the husband. All we know right
> is that he was on the 1881 census and not on the 1901. This is too broad
> a period to have the Manitoba Archives do a search and his death is not
> given in the online records index. The family legends consist of one that
> was drowned in a fishing accident with no body recovered and thus no
> and the other that he simply vanished with a native woman, changed his
> and thus no death record under his true name.
> So I am wonderinng if anyone else has had success in obtaining the
> land grants with not only the establishment of the grant but also the
> transfer. I have been able to find Saskatchewan ones (from FHL) with no
> problem but to date have not tried Manitoba, which do not appear to be in
> the FHL. Has anyone obtained theirs directly from Manitoba Archives or the
> National Archives - how fast/slow were they and what information was
> Anything you learned from first-hand experience will be appreciated.
> à bientôt,
> Xenia Stanford (president@...)
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