Department of the Interior Homestead files These federal records are held by the National Archives. You can check out the Western Land Grants web page for records from 1870 to 1930. You can search by Section, Township, Range, and Meridian or by Name or by Keywords. You need to have a map showing the Townships and Ranges to locate the properties in question.
Métis Scrip Search the database of Métis Scrip Records. Click on Online Help and there is a brief explanation of the contents of this database.
A Guide to the Records of the Métis Scrip Commissions provides information on this land granting process and gives details on how to find this Scrip. Examples of Scrip are also provided.
Determining topographic map numbers, UTM grid, and latitude and longitude coordinates
The problem with the Western Land Grants is that they give only Section, Township, and Range information. There is a web site which will convert the Section, Township, and Range for you here.
Section, Township, Range, and Meridian
Section, Township, and Range Numbers provides a very good explanation of this land division system.
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