Land records are arguably the most important records for family historians researching their 19th-century ancestors because ownership of land was our ancestors’ most important achievement. The majority of immigrants to Upper Canada and Canada West did not have the opportunity to own land in their home country. This was one of the most important reasons for immigrating. The availability of cheap land allowed immigrants who could work hard the opportunity to be independent of landlords and employers and to pass their accomplishments on to the next generation.
Fortunately for genealogists, the process of acquiring and disposing of land generated lots of records. This webinar will provide an overview of both the crown land granting process and the land registration process, including the records they generated and where to find them.