Friday, 29 October 2010

Ancestry Launches Quebec Land Grants Index, 1763-1890 Collection

This newly launched collection is an index of everyone in Quebec who received a Crown Land Grant between 1763 and 1890. The collection indexes 34,477 grants and includes information such as name of grantee, county, township, number of acres granted and letter patents, allowing people to discover rich information about the property their ancestors actually owned.

Only people who received a Land Grant from the Crown are included, and only the initial land grant, not successive divisions or purchases of the same land. It places a family in an area and points to the Land Grant Letter of Patent that can contain more genealogical detail.

Quite a large number of the persons mentioned have Anglo names: 202 Smiths and 46 Jones', compared to 163 Roys and 262 Tremblays.

This index entry will guide you to the original records and microfilm copies are available at the Bibliothèque et Archives nationalies du Québec. Requests for microfilm copies should include the full reference to the book and page (found in the source citation for the record). Requests should be addressed to: Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, 1012, avenue du Séminaire, CP 10450, Sainte-Foy, QC, G1V 4N1.

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