06 September 2011

Alberta Homestead Records

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.

The AGS have an index to the files freely available to search by name at http://abgensoc.ca/homestead/search.php where you can find the reel you need to find your ancestor.

All reels are in the series 70.313; those on the Internet Archive are #: 2083, 2084, 2087-2095 and 2830-2837.

Find the Interne Archives Advanced Search page at http://www.archive.org/advancedsearch.php

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.