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Land Locations


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. 
  • Métis Scrip Records: Can search by surname/place.



    Have a legal description, but where is it?

  • Manitoba 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 system
  • Map 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 box. 
  • 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: 
       Pembina history local
       Hamiota history local
       Brokenhead history local 
    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 Canada's 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 radius. 
  • 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?

  • Place Names of Manitoba -- Online digitized book, 1980.
  • Multimaps of Manitoba Places
  • Travel 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 Post Office database indicates the Electoral District(s). These maps are useful to see electoral districts and places:

  • 1895 Electoral Map of Manitoba
  • 1901 Census District & Maps
  • 1906 Census District & Maps 



    Eight Manitoba Regions:

    Now that the place/electoral area is known:

  • Manitoba Regions GenWeb page.


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