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How to read Homestead Records- Section, Township, Range, Meridian

  Homesteads were on the arable farming land. The tree line is approximated on the map below. Southern Saskatchewan is mostly prairie, and Northern Saskatchewan is mainly forest and lakes.

The SWP maps show only the area below the tree line. The maps are divided into grids like graph paper. Homestead locations can be located from the Township and Range numbers. Townships run from South to North beginning at the U.S. Canada border and incrementing northward. Ranges run East to West beginning at a meridian and incrementing westward.

For example:
Saskatoon: section 33 tsp 36 rge 5 west of the 3rd. Saskatoon is larger than a quarter section (1/2 mile by 1/2 mile so this reference is not given). Locate township 36 by going north to township number 36, then locate the range by locating the 3rd meridian and then travelling west to range 5. When this grid is found, then divide the township grid into sections to determine that section 33 would be at the top central part of the grid.

Regina:section 19 tsp 17 rge 19 west of the 2nd. Regina, also is larger than a quarter section (1/2 mile by 1/2 mile so this reference is not given). Locate township 17 by going north to township number 17, then locate the range by locating the 2nd meridian and then travelling west to range 19. When this grid is found, then divide the township grid into sections to determine that section 19 would be at the west and approximately central part of the grid.

To find the quarter section, divide the section into 4 equal squares, and locate the NE, NW, SE, or SW designation of the homestead.
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markings for legal land descriptions.


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