|Locations for People
Names with Land properties:
There are two main sources for
early land records giving names and legal descriptions. Be sure to check
both. Manitoba is located East of the Prime Meridian (EPM) and West of
the Prime Meridian (WP1).
National Archives has the Western
Land Grants homestead entries from government land, 1870-1930.
If you find something there, then see the records from the Provincial
Archives of Manitoba in Winnipeg:
Glenbow Archives in Alberta has
the database for the CPR
land sales. These were sales by the Canadian Pacific Railway
of their land holdings in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta, 1881-1906.
Scrip Records: Can search by surname/place.
Have a legal description, but
where is it?
1905: There is a huge 1905 Canadian National Railway map that has range
and township numbers, which is useful if you have a general idea of a location.
This is an excellent Saskatchewan
GenWeb site that illustrates the township/range
showing Meridians of the Prairies
Is there a local history book
for where my ancestors lived?
Our Roots list of Manitoba
Local History Books online.
Search for an
online book of a specific place by typing the place name in the subject
Search for local history books
at the Manitoba
Public Libraries site. There are over 1300 titles. In the subject box,
type these 3 words: history local Manitoba
Or you can narrow the search
by typing the place name and the 2 words, history local. Examples:
|Have the name of a place and
need to know the legal description?
Geonames: If you know the town
that your ancestor was from or need to know what region a city is in, use
Official Geographic Names Site. It is searchable by current and formerly
official names. You can get a map of the area, find out the distance from
one location to another and look up all other settled areas within a given
Post offices: Place descriptions
can also be found by using the Post
Office database that includes legal land descriptions at the bottom
of the page of the office location (except for larger cities).
Have the name of a place and
simply want to know where it is located in Manitoba?
Names of Manitoba -- Online digitized book, 1980.
of Manitoba Places
Manitoba Maps includes maps by regions and further links.
And just for fun...Old
antique maps of Manitoba
Where's that place in the census?
If you have a place name, the
Office database indicates the Electoral District(s). These maps are
useful to see electoral districts and places:
Map of Manitoba
District & Maps
District & Maps
Eight Manitoba Regions:
Now that the place/electoral
area is known:
Regions GenWeb page.