Settlers' land grants

This guide was last updated in 2009

The records of a great many of the land grants made to settlers are held in Canadian State archives.

However, some are held by the Colonial Office at the National Archives.

Sources for 19th-century land grants can be found in the series CO 6: North American: Original Correspondence, 1816–1868 and CO 384: Original Correspondence, Emigration, 1817–1896. Also, check records of the Land and Emigration Commission. The Emigration Entry Books, 1814–1871 (CO 385) and the Land and Emigration Commission Papers, 1833–1894 (CO 386) give names of emigrants.

Other series of interest are CO 384: Emigration Original Correspondence, 1817–1896, which contains many letters from settlers or people intending to settle in British North America, and CO 323, which contains details of land grants and applications. These records are by no means complete and not indexed by name or available online.

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