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Water rights plans

  • CM/S5-7
  • Series
  • 1892-1981

Introduction: Throughout its existence, the Water Rights Branch (WRB) acquired and created a large central set of plans, maps, and engineering drawings which was assigned a single set of sequential water rights plan numbers. Over time, the original plan series was divided into separate sub- series for the use of particular operational units. The topics documented in the series and in each sub- series are discussed in the scope and contents notes below. The plans are listed in plan number and water rights district order in the series list which follows this overview. The structure and contents of this list are explained in the arrangement section below. Scope and Content: The water rights plans series documents a broad range of WRB activities. It includes: plans and engineering drawings submitted to the WRB by individuals, corporations, and municipalities as part of their applications for water licences or for approval of works; survey plans and maps prepared by WRB field engineers and regional engineers in support of licensing activities, irrigation studies, water power investigations and dam inspections; general reference maps used by WRB staff; and a variety of charts, graphs, and other items used for WRB functions such as stream measurement and precipitation monitoring. Taken as a whole, this series constitutes a wealth of often highly detailed cartographic information on regions and communities throughout British Columbia- - information which in many cases is not available elsewhere. Of particular interest are early large- scale maps and plans which provide extensive topographic information and vegetation notes for many areas of B.C. well before those areas were covered by standard topographic maps, including areas which were later flooded due to dam construction. As well, some of the early plans of towns and of agricultural, commercial, and industrial sites include such detailed cultural and cadastral information as the location and identity of buildings and the names of property owners affected by proposed water projects. And of course, the series contains invaluable documentation of specific major hydro- electric, irrigation, and waterworks projects in the form of site plans and engineering (structural) drawings. The series' value is enhanced by the fact that many of the items contain numbers which can be used to link the items with related records such as water records, conditional and final licences; correspondence files, water rights and reference maps, field notes, and a variety of reports. The water rights plans received by BC ARCHIVES consist of three main sub- series that have been separated from the plans held at the Water Management Branch. To a large extent the topics and document types described above are found in all of the sub- series but each sub- series does exhibit certain characteristics which reflect its provenance. Arrangement: Although the Water Rights Plans consist of three distinct sub- series, a single comprehensive list of the items has been compiled for the convenience of researchers. In part one of this series list, the item descriptions are arranged sequentially according to the water rights plan numbers. In part two, the list is sorted geographically, according to the water rights districts in existence at the time the various items were filed. Researchers should note that the BC ARCHIVES series list is based primarily on the original Water Rights Branch plan registers (see BC ARCHIVES reel B1949 for a microfilm copy) rather than on the items themselves. The dates given in the list are the dates of filing and the descriptions presented are close (but not exact) transcriptions of the descriptions in the registers. The registers also often contain information not transcribed into in the BC ARCHIVES list such as the plan origins, creator names, material types, and numbers identifying related records. The creator names, in particular, can sometimes be used to link the plans with other records produced by the same creator such as the early regional engineers' reports published in the annual reports of the WRB. Since the water rights plan numbers were assigned sequentially, part one of the BC ARCHIVES series list is in chronological order. However, a single plan number often covers numerous individual items and the date of the items themselves sometimes does not match the date of filing. Similarly, the descriptions usually refer to the items originally filed under a given plan number. In some cases not all of the items pertaining to a number were transferred to BC ARCHIVES and in a few cases it appears that the original items filed under a given number were replaced by later plans pertaining to the same general topic. Therefore, while the list usually provides researchers with a strong indication of the types of items found under a plan number, it is necessary to consult the items themselves, using the call numbers provided in the list, in order to determine the precise nature of their contents. The items are physically arranged in call number order within each of the sub- series. Separate lists of each sub- series can be made available, but the sub- series origin of any particular item in the main list can be readily determined by consulting the item's call number against the chart at the beginning of the list.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands and Works

Land registers

  • GR-3348
  • Series
  • 1861-1909

Series consists of land registers registering when land was transferred from the Crown to private ownership. Series includes both township registers and district lot registers. Data elements include the legal description, how the lot was acquired the name of the indiviaula acquiring the property, terms of papyment, the date acquired, and the date of the Gazette notice.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands

Records relating to miners' certificates and permits

  • GR-1057
  • Series
  • 1895-1918

Records relating to miners' certificates and permits issued by the Dept. of Lands and Works and the Dept. of Lands at Victoria. Includes Free Miner's Certificates, 1897-1912; Special Miner's Certificates, 1899-1906; Leave of Absence permits, 1895-1906; mining receipts, 1897-1903; Crown Grant fee receipts pursuant to the Mineral Act, 1911-1918.

Records relating to miners' certificates and permits

Source: GR Finding Aids

Finding aid: box list.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands

Department of Lands correspondence outward

  • GR-1811
  • Series
  • 1908-1910

Letterpress copies of "semi-official" correspondence outward from the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works, and, after the Dept. of Lands and Works was split in 1908, the Chief Commissioner of Lands. vols. 6-10. There may be volumes missing in this unit. The volumes contain nominal indexes of correspondents.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands

Certificates of improvement

  • GR-2079
  • Series
  • 1895-1908

Kootenay land district. Certificates of Improvement, numbers 1-95, with duplicate numbers 17, 36, 75, 77-79, at the front, for the West Kootenay District showing statement of, and witnesses to, the required improvements being completed, prior to the issuance of a Crown Grant. Information includes the names of the occupier and the witnesses, the number of the pre-emption claim, legal description and geographical location of the land, and the dates of the pre-emption claim and the completion of Improvements. An alphabetical index is included in this volume.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands

Lot registers

  • GR-2591
  • Series
  • 1862-1922 (1951)

Cariboo Land District, lot registers, Lots 1-10026, superceded, 1922 (i.e. no further entries were made after 1922). The registers that supercede this series may be found in GR-2592. The registers list lots in numerical order and record the alienation of land from the Crown (by purchase, pre-emption, lease, etc.): information may include the name of the purchaser, dates and numbers of certificates issued (including (Crown Grants), dates and amounts of payments, and reference numbers to correspondence files and field books. There is an alphabetical name index in each volume.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands

Township register

  • GR-2593
  • Series
  • 1913-1956

Cariboo Land District, Township register, Tp 21, 39-42, superceded 1956 (i.e. no further entries were made after 1956). The registers list land in numerical order by Sections within Townships and record the alienation of land from the Crown (by purchase, pre-emption, lease, etc.): information may include the name of the purchaser, dates and numbers of certificates issued (including Crown Grants), dates and amounts of payments, and reference numbers to correspondence files and field books. There is an alphabetical name index in each volume.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands

Lot registers

  • GR-2594
  • Series
  • 1914-1949

Cariboo Land District lot registers, subdivision lot registers for Fort George, Summit Lake, Red Pass, and McBride, superceded 1949 (i.e. no further entries were made after 1949). The registers list lots in numerical order and record the alienation of land from the Crown (by purchase, auction, etc.): information may include name of purchaser, dates and numbers of certificates issued (including Crown Grants), dates and amounts of payments, and references to correspondence files and field books. Upset prices are also listed. There is an alphabetical name index in each volume.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands

District lot registers

  • GR-2598
  • Series
  • 1914

Cariboo Land District, auctioneer's agreements, subdivision lots 11385, at Fort George. The lots were subdivided from District Lots 343, 933, 934, 936, 938, and 1429, and are arranged randomly by lot and sublot, but numerically by certificate number, in each volume. Information may include date of sale, name and address of highest bidder and amount bid, deposit, and terms of sale. No index is available.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands

Lot registers

  • GR-2600
  • Series
  • 1899-1948

Cassiar Land District, subdivision lot registers for Atlin. The registers list lots in numerical order by block and lot numbers, and record the alienation of land from the Crown (by purchase): information may include the name of the purchaser, dates and numbers of certificates issued (including Crown Grants), dates and amounts of payments, and references to correspondence files. Upset prices are also listed. Volume 1 has an alphabetical name index.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands

Lot registers

  • GR-2612
  • Series
  • 1860-1943

Lillooet Land District, lot registers, lots 1-3000, superceded 1943 (i.e. no further entries were made after 1943). The registers list lots in numerical order and record the alienation of land from the Crown (by purchase, pre-emption, lease, etc.): information may include the name of the purchaser, dates and numbers of certificates issued (including Crown Grants), dates and amounts of payments, and reference numbers to correspondence files and field books. There is an alphabetical name index in each volume.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands

Lot registers

  • GR-2614
  • Series
  • 1859-1948

New Westminster Land District, lot registers, Group 1, lots 1-2374, superceded 1948 (i.e. no further entries were made after 1948). The registers list lots in numerical order and record the alienation of land from the Crown (by purchase, pre-emption, lease, etc.): information may include the name of the purchaser, dates and numbers of certificates issued (including Crown Grants), dates and amounts of payments, and reference numbers to correspondence files and field books. There is an alphabetical index of names in each volume.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands

New Westminster Land District forfeiture certificates

  • GR-2617
  • Series
  • 1915-1957

New Westminster Land District, forfeiture certificates, lands reverted to the Crown from the Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows and Matsqui Dyking Districts. The certificates are arranged chronologically without regard to Dyking District. Information may include the legal description of the land, the plan number, the date it was subject to forfeiture, the date of the end of the period of grace, and the date of forfeiture. Certificates are indexed alphabetically by owners name, and numerically by plan to folio numbers.

Regarding Coquitlam Dyking District Index: Coquitlam Dyking District lies within the limits of the City of Port Coquitlam, and the Municipality of Coquitlam.

Regarding Pitt Meadow index: Pitt Meadows No.2 Dyking District lies within the defined boundaries of the Municipality of Pitt Meadows, and is situated 1 1/2 miles north of the Dewdney Trunk Road at the confluence of the Pitt and Alouette Rivers.

Regarding Maple Ridge Dyking District Index: Maple RIdge Dyking District lies within the boundaries of the Municipalities of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, including the Townsite of Hammond.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands

Lot registers

  • GR-2620
  • Series
  • 1905-1945

Queen Charlotte Land District, lot registers, lots 1-792, superceded 1945 (i.e. no further entries were made after 1945). The registers list lots in numerical order and record the alienation of land from the Crown (by purchase, pre-emption, lease, etc.): information may include the name of the purchaser, dates and numbers of certificates issued (including Crown Grants), dates and amounts of payments, and reference numbers to correspondence and field books. The volume contains an alphabetical name index.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands

Township register

  • GR-2621
  • Series
  • 1888-1913

Queen Charlotte Land District, Township register, Tp 15-8, superceded 1913 (i.e. no further entries were made after 1913). The land is listed numerically by Sections and Townships, and records the alienation of land from the Crown (by purchase, pre-emption, lease etc.): information may include the name of the purchaser, dates and numbers of certificates issued (including Crown Grants), dates and amounts of payments, and reference numbers to correspondence files and field books. The volume contains an alphabetical name index.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands

Lot register

  • GR-2622
  • Series
  • 1872-1947

Alberni Land District, Vancouver Island, lot register, lots 1-291, superceded 1947 (i.e. no further entries were made after 1947). The register lists lots in numerical order and records the alienation of land from the Crown (by purchase, pre-emption, lease etc.): information may include the name of the purchaser, dates and numbers of certificates issued (including Crown Grants), dates and amounts of payments, and reference numbers to correspondence files and field books. A summary of the auction sale of subdivided lots from the Eastern portion of District Lot 1, is shown on pp. 86-90. The volume contains an alphabetical index of names.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands

Land register

  • GR-2626
  • Series
  • 1859-1885

Comiaken Land District, Vancouver Island, land register, Range 1, Section 1 to Range 3, Section 19. The information in this volume has been copied from another source and pre-dates the information in the Comiaken section of GR-0625. The register is arranged numerically by Range and Section and records the alienation of land from the Crown (by purchase, pre-emption, etc.): information may include the name of the purchaser, dates and numbers of certificates issued (including Crown Grants), dates and amounts of payments and reference numbers to correspondence and field books. The volume includes an alphabetical name index.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands

Land registers

  • GR-2627
  • Series
  • 1862-1933

Comox Land District, Vancouver Island, land registers, Sections 1-113 and lots 1251, superceded 1933 (i.e. no further entries were made after 1933). The land is listed numerically within the sections or lots and records the alienation of land from the Crown (by purchase, pre-emption, lease, etc.). Information may include the name of the purchaser, dates and number of certificates issued (including Crown Grants), dates and amounts of payments, and reference numbers to correspondence files and field books. The volume contains an alphabetical name index.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands

Land register

  • GR-2629
  • Series
  • 1871-1911

Cowichan Land District, Vancouver Island, land register, Sections 1- 24, superceded 1929 (i.e. no further entries were made after 1929). The register lists the sections in numerical order, and records the alienation of land from the Crown (by purchase, pre-emption, lease, etc.): information may include the name of the purchaser, dates and numbers of certificates issued (including Crown Grants), dates and amounts of payments, and reference numbers to correspondence files and field books. The volume contains an alphabetical index.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands

Land registers

  • GR-2631
  • Series
  • 1873-1887

Cowichan Land District, Vancouver Island, land registers, Range 1, Section 1 to Range 10, Section 10 of the Sahtlam District of Cowichan, superceded 1929 (i.e. no further entries were added after 1929). The register lists the land in numerical order and records the alienation of land from the Crown (by purchase, pre-emption, lease, etc.): Information may include the name of the purchaser, dates and numbers of certificates issued (including Crown Grants), dates and amounts of payments, and reference numbers to correspondence files and field books. The volume includes an alphabetical name index starting on page 81.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands

Land register

  • GR-2632
  • Series
  • 1864-1865

Douglas Land District, Vancouver Island, land register, Range 1, Section 1 to Range 8, Section 20, superceded at an unknown date. The registers record the land in numerical order and records the alienation of land from the Crown (by purchase, preemption, lease, etc.): information may include the name of the purchaser, dates and numbers of certificates issued (including Crown Grants), dates and amounts of payments, and reference numbers to correspondence files and field books. The volume contains an alphabetical name index.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands

Land registers

  • GR-2633
  • Series
  • 1859-1928

Goldstream and Highland Land Districts, Vancouver Island, land registers. Section XXIII, Rows 1-26, and R I W Section I to R III W, Section 26, (Goldstream), and R IV W, Sections 1-23, and Sections 1-94, in two sub volumes of the Highland (V.I.). Land District, all superceded 1930. The land is listed in numerical order and records the alienation of land from the Crown (by purchase, pre-emption, lease, etc.): information may include, the name of the purchaser, dates and numbers of certificates issued (including Crown Grants), dates and amounts of payments, and reference numbers to correspondence files and field books. The volume includes an alphabetical index.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands

Land registers

  • GR-2634
  • Series
  • 1871-1931

Nelson Land District, Vancouver Island, land registers. Sections 1-6A, Lots 7-40G, and lot 50, superceded 1931 (i.e. no further entries were made after 1931). The registers list land In numerical order, and record the alienation of land from the Crown (by purchase, pre-emption, lease, etc.): information may include the name of the purchaser, dates and numbers of certificates issued (including Crown Grants), dates and amounts of payments, and reference numbers to correspondence files and field books. The volume contains an alphabetical name index.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands

Lot register

  • GR-2635
  • Series
  • 1882-1942

Sayward Land District, Vancouver Island, lot register, lots 1-612, superceded 1945 (i.e. no further entries were made after 1945). The register lists lots in numerical order and records the alienation of land from the Crown (by purchase, pre-emption, lease, etc.): information may include the name of the purchaser, dates and numbers of certificates issued (including Crown Grants), dates and amounts of payments, and reference numbers to correspondence files and field books. The volume contains an alphabetical name index.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands

Land register

  • GR-2636
  • Series
  • 1882-1915

Sayward Land District, Vancouver Island, land register, lots 1-843. This register is a summary of pertinent land information from 1882-1915. The register lists lots in numerical order, and records the alienation of land from the Crown (by purchase, pre-emption, lease, etc.): information may include the name of the purchaser, lease number, dates and numbers of certificates issued (including Crown Grants), dates and amounts of payments, and reference numbers to correspondence files and field books. Hernando Island and Cortez Island each have their own pages. No index is available.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands

Township register

  • GR-2637
  • Series
  • 1884-1948

Sayward Land District, Vancouver Island, Township register, Tp.. 3, 6, and 7 (part), superceded 1948 (i.e. no further entries were made after 1948). The land is listed numerically by Sections within Townships, and records the alienation of land from the Crown (by purchase, pre-emption, lease, etc.): information may include the name of the purchaser, dates and numbers of certificates issued (including Crown Grants) dates and amounts of payments, and reference numbers to correspondence files and field books. The volume contains an alphabetical name index.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands

Lot register

  • GR-2639
  • Series
  • 1860-1947

Yale Division of Yale Land District, lot register, lots 1-728, superceded 1947 (i.e. no further entries were made after 1947). The register lists lots in numerical order and records the alienation of land from the Crown (by purchase, pre-emption, lease, etc.): information may include the name of the purchaser, dates and numbers of certificates issued (including Crown Grants), dates and amounts of payments, and reference numbers to correspondence files and field books. The volume contains an alphabetical name index.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands

Lot register

  • GR-2640
  • Series
  • 1865-1938

Kamloops Division of Yale Land District, lot register, lots 981-1768, superceded 1938 (i.e. no further entries were made after 1938). The register lists lots In numerical order, and records the alienation of land from the Crown (by purchase, pre-emption, lease, etc.): information may include the name of the purchaser, dates and numbers of certificates issued (including Crown Grants), dates and amounts of payments, and references numbers to correspondence files and field books. The volume contains an alphabetical name index.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands

Township registers

  • GR-2642
  • Series
  • 1885-1920

Osoyoos Division of Yale Land District, Township registers, Tp. 46-95, superceded 1920 (i.e. no further entries were made after 1920). Original volume numbers 12 and 14 are missing. The land is listed numerically by Sections and Townships, and records the alienation of land from the Crown (by purchase, pre-emption, lease, etc.): information may include the name of the purchaser, dates and numbers of certificates issued (including Crown Grants), dates and amounts of payments, and reference numbers to correspondence files and field books. There is an alphabetical name index in each volume.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands

Lot registers

  • GR-2643
  • Series
  • 1861-1932

Similkameen Division of Yale Land District, lot registers, lots 1- 4016, superceded 1932 (i.e. no further entries were made after 1932). The registers list lots in numerical order and record the alienation of land from the Crown (by purchase, pre-emption, lease, etc.): information may include the name of the purchaser, dates and numbers of certificates issued (including Crown Grants), dates and amounts of payments, and reference numbers to correspondence files and field books. There is an alphabetical name index in each volume.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands

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