Microfilm from the Alberta Homestead Records 1870-1930 series are now on the Internet Archive. There is less than 2% of the 686 microfilm reels in the series, but you may be lucky.
According to the Alberta Genealogical Society, Homestead files normally contain:
- An application for homestead, containing the applicant's name, age, birthplace, last residence, prior occupation, number of adults and children in household.
- An application for patent, containing name, age, occupation, post office, nationality, residency information, wife/children (no names), breaking/cropping, livestock, buildings, fencing.
- A notice that patent (title) has been issued.
All reels are in the series 70.313; those on the Internet Archive are #: 2083, 2084, 2087-2095 and 2830-2837.
Search on University of Alberta Libraries in the COLLECTIONS drop down box (it goes through the alphabet twice so it takes a bit of searching to find it)
And the DESCRIPTION of Alberta Homesteads.