FW: Subject: Alberta Homestead index online
- 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!
From: Pat Pettitt [mailto:patp@...]
Sent: September 1, 2005 9:33 AM
Subject: Re: Subject: Alberta Homestead index onlineHi Xenia,
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 anyway.
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.
At 12:00 AM 9/1/2005 -0600, you wrote:
How will yours be different from the
Western Land Grants (1870-1930)
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