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British Columbia, Crown Land Grant Records, 1851-1874  and British Columbia, Crown Land Grants, 1869-1930
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British Columbia, Canada
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Record Description
Record Type Land Records
Collection years 1851-1930
Languages English
Title in the Language
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Archive
Lands Branch, Crown Land Registry Service, Lands and Parks, Victoria


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

These records describe the sale or transfer of specific parcels of Crown land from the provincial government to private persons and organizations. The grants are arranged in registration number order. There are separate index volumes which cover one or more annual volumes of land grant registers.

Land records often predate censuses, and they can help date an immigrant’s arrival and trace immigrant origins. Some types of land records provide birth places or places of last residence, while others provide the basic clues to continue the search in other records. Land records can also pinpoint places of residence in Canada.

The early applications for pre-emptions and Crown grants began in the mid-1800s and are stored in the British Columbia Information Management Services. They give the name of the grantor and grantee, a description of the land, the date of transaction, and sometimes names of relatives.

For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in the British Columbia, Crown Land Grant Records, 1851-1874 collection, follow the instructions below to browse this collection.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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For additional information about image restrictions, please see the Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections page.

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for British Columbia, Crown Land Grant Records, 1851-1874.
You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for British Columbia, Crown Land Grants, 1869-1930.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Land Grant

  • Full name of purchaser
  • Full name of purchasee
  • Date of grant
  • Grant number
  • Description of the land

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The approximate year of the land purchase.

British Columbia, Crown Land Grant Records, 1851-1874[edit | edit source]

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page

  1. Select District/Town
  2. Select Years and Registration or Volume Numbers to view the images

British Columbia, Crown Land Grants, 1869-1930[edit | edit source]

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page

  1. Select Record Type
  2. Select Volume, Document Designation and Years to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the information to find other records such as birth, christening, census, court, marriage and death records
  • Use the information to find additional family members
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Consult the British Columbia Record Finder to find other records
  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name, especially French versions
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names
  • Search the indexes and records of British Columbia, Canada Genealogy
  • Search in the British Columbia Archives and Libraries
  • Search in the FamilySearch Library Catalog

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in British Columbia.

Known Issues With This Collection[edit | edit source]

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

British Columbia, Crown Land Grant Records, 1851-1874[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
"British Columbia, Crown Land Grant Records, 1851-1874." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Citing Department of Lands and Works. Ministry of Lands and Parks, Crown Land Registry, Victoria.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

British Columbia, Crown Land Grants, 1869-1930[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]

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