FYI - I received
permission to post Pat's reply to my question about how the AGS version at http://abgensoc.ca/is differs
from the Western Land Grants database.
I forgot to tell you that
"The database also includes
organizations extracted from the records. To search for these, include any of
the following in the surname field: Cemetery, Churches, Company, Indian Band,
Municipality, Police, Ranch, Reservation, and School District. "
It is an awesome finding aid. As a researcher, you have a good
idea how many hours it would take to read and index one microfilm reel - this
project had 685 reels!
We have actually viewed every page of every homestead
file and indexed every name...not just the applicants. We ignored gov.
employees, railways, trust companies and banks, but added
every individual named in the file. We also decided to
exclude the 2 neighbours who supported the person's application. The forms they
filled out were all about the applicant anyway, with none of their own personal
information and they will all show up on their own homestead file
Many people applied for land and then "abandoned" the
land. Their paperwork is included in the file, but of course not in the
Western Land Grants. Often there are wills and other documents in
the file. Every name mentioned in the wills is included...all names from
scrip records were added. Scrip records were used to initially get
the land, but are never mentioned on the WLG database because it only lists the
person who actually got the grant.
Our own PAA reference archivist had
been searching for a member of his family that had come to Alberta to
homestead. However, he did not stay long enough to 'prove up' the
homestead so they could not find the location where he had lived.
With our database, he found him easily.
If you read the introduction to
the homestead project on the AGS page, you will get more details. There
are some incredible stories buried in those files.
12:00 AM 9/1/2005 -0600, you wrote:
How will yours be different
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